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William S. Gilbert
Melvyn Morrow (additional material)
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  (in credits order)
Jon English ... The Pirate King
Helen Donaldson ... Mabel Stanley
Toni Lamond ... Ruth
Derek Metzger ... Major-General Stanley
Tim Tyler ... The Police Sergeant
Susie French ... Edith (The Fabulous Singlettes)
Melissa Langton ... Kate (The Fabulous Singlettes)
Anna Butera ... Isabel (The Fabulous Singlettes)
Marc James ... Samuel
Simon Gallaher ... Frederic
Glynn Nicholas ... The Original Major-General Stanley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jason Barry-Smith ... Pirate
Christophe Broadway ... Pirate
David Coombs ... Pirate
Robert Dale ... Pirate

Michael Falzon ... Pirate
Gary Jones ... Pirate
David Lowe ... Pirate
Emma Powell ... Booth Singer
Peter Rees ... Pirate
David Scotchford ... Pirate
Anthony Weigh ... Pirate in kilt
Jenny Wilson ... Booth Singer
Lachlan Youngberg ... Pirate

Directed by
Peter Butler 
Craig Schaefer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William S. Gilbert 
Melvyn Morrow  additional material

Produced by
Simon Gallaher .... producer
Sound Department
Malcolm Batty .... sound producer
Yossi Gabbay .... sound engineer
Stephen J. Hope .... sound engineer
Music Department
Jason Barry-Smith .... chorus master
Kevin Hocking .... composer: additional music
Kevin Hocking .... orchestrator
Other crew
Craig Schaefer .... stage director: operetta

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[first lines]
Pirates:[sings] Pour, o pour the pirate sherry.
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Moronic, 23 May 2010
Author: rsk-5 from New York -- United States

This insolent revision is cringe-inducing. Even its actors seem to think so; they cascade waves of sweat. It can't be just the hot lights.

The humour is a combination of Jackie Gleason/Art Carney and Sergeant Bilco. (Sorry if those mystify U.K. and Aussie readers. Just think "amateur," "1950s," and "awful, simply awful.") For example, to have the daughters played by fat girls (who at first I thought were drag queens) wearing plastic sunglasses, impersonating the Chordettes – where to begin? And, as another commenter has suggested, the idea that G & S need to be improved by having the Major General pull a punch of flowers out of his ass, give them to his daughter, and then urge her to wash her hands – well, once again, words fail.

There's a fairly colossal arrogance when the credits say "additional lyrics by …", in the apparent belief that Gilbert's were insufficient.

Yet it gets two stars from me. One is for the rubber man playing the sergeant; why isn't he splashed all over Hollywood, Broadway and the West End? He's a good singer as well as an epic physical comic. The second star is for the "Come, friends, who plough the sea" business. It's something else that G & S would have repudiated in horror, and it doesn't belong here (it belongs in a Dame Edna sketch), but if one removes the context, it's very clever.

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