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Mike Leigh, the director of Vera Drake and Another Year, has revealed he is to direct The Pirates of Penzance for the English National Opera.

Speaking at the fourth annual Peter Brook Lecture at the British Library in London, Leigh was asked if he would consider working in musical theatre.

“I’m going to direct The Pirates of Penzance for English National Opera in 2015,” he replied.

“The play we worked on at Stratford East [It’s a Great Big Shame, 1993] was an attempt to make a piece of musical theatre. At that time my aspiration was, and it remains, to be able to create a piece of musical theatre. That’s why I’ve accepted the invitation to direct a comic opera at Eno because I think I might learn something I don’t know.”

Leigh directed the Oscar and BAFTA-winning Topsy-Turvy in 1999, set »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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