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Classic pirate comedy sailing into Ilford theatre

PUBLISHED: 17:00 04 January 2016

A previous production of The Pirates of Penzance at the Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. Picture: Joel Ryan/PA

A previous production of The Pirates of Penzance at the Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. Picture: Joel Ryan/PA

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A storm of madness will be hitting the Kenneth More Theatre when high dramatics from Cornwall sail in.

Members of the Havering Music Makers getting ready for their upcoming production The Pirates of PenzanceMembers of the Havering Music Makers getting ready for their upcoming production The Pirates of Penzance

The Havering Music Makers will perform The Pirates of Penzance for three nights in February.

One of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best-loved works, the opera is a comic tale of soft-hearted pirates, bumbling policemen and attractive maidens.

The comedy is one of classical music’s greatest guilty pleasures, with its madcap plotline.

The story begins with apprentice pirate Frederic, who is turning 21, and has decided the swashbuckling life is not for him.

A rehearsal picture from the Havering Music Makers' previous show The Witches of EastwickA rehearsal picture from the Havering Music Makers' previous show The Witches of Eastwick

He wanted to be a pilot but has recently discovered his nursemaid Ruth misheard, casting him to a career on the seas.

So Frederic leaves in search of love, a new job and adventure.

A series of improbable events occur, including a clash with the police and finding true love, which lead to a life-altering discovery for Frederic.

The comic tale is full of pirate ditties and talent across all decks said Nick Ford, who plays the Pirate King.

The Havering Music Makers rehearsing for their previous production Little Shop of HorrorsThe Havering Music Makers rehearsing for their previous production Little Shop of Horrors

“Rehearsals have been going very well and we’re excited for people to watch it.

“Everyone should come expecting colourful costumes and obviously some fantastic songs.”

The 35-strong cast is accompanied by a 13-piece orchestra and is directed by a new production team.

This has been especially useful considering the comedy was written 136 years ago – fresh eyes are an advantage, said Nick.

“It’s going to be a great show,” he added.

“It’s nice to have different people producing the show, as it makes it a little bit different.

“There’s going to be plenty of swashbuckling and there’s also a great song about sherry.”

The drama takes place on the coast of Cornwall and Nick promised the sets will be reflective of the rocky atmosphere.

“I can’t give too much away but the sets will be very good,” he said.

“I know our director Siobhan has a lot of very interesting ideas.”

The musical features a choir of hapless policemen, which Frederic leads in a siege against the pirates.

The team is still looking for men to join the police chorus.

To express an interest, email join@haveringmusicmakers.co.uk or phone Charlotte on 07843 088166.

The Pirates of Penzance is at the Kenneth More Theatre, Oakfield Road, Ilford, from February 25 to February 27, with evenings shows beginning at 7.30pm and a Saturday matinee running at 3pm.

Tickets are £15 for adults, with a £2 discount for theatre members who pay a week in advance.

Visit kmtheatre.co.uk or call 020 8553 4466.


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