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The Pirates of Penzance (1982)

| Comedy, Musical | TV Movie
As a young child, Frederic had been apprenticed to a pirate by mistake when he should have been apprenticed to a pilot. Now, having reached his 21st year, Frederic's indentures are at last ... See full summary »

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As a young child, Frederic had been apprenticed to a pirate by mistake when he should have been apprenticed to a pilot. Now, having reached his 21st year, Frederic's indentures are at last over and he happily leaves the service of the pirates. When Frederic meets the beautiful Mabel, one of the many daughters (or wards in Chancery) of Major-General Stanley, they fall in love and decide to marry. However, complications arise when the pirates decide to marry the rest of the Major-General's daughters, themselves - and Frederic's birthdate turns out to be not all it seems. Written by David McAnally <D.McAnally@uq.net.au>

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Watch the little pirate that the pirate king leans on when the pirates are singing their bit in "If he's telling a terrible story..." That little pirate is singing the same as the rest of the gang but his mouth doesn't seem to be able to keep up with the words. See more »

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Good, but it is rather amateurish, and the casting could have been better!
17 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am 17, and love classical music. I love Pirates of Penzance, sadly this production while good at times, could have been so much better. The best thing of this production was definitely Keith Michell's General, who put real expression and gusto into his performance, and it was a pleasure to watch him. Janis Kelly does a respectable job as Mabel, if slightly flat at times, but Gillian Knight's Ruth was a bit too deep in voice for my liking. I have a recording of Monica Sinclair singing the role, and she was much more ideal. Peter Allen looked the part of the Pirate King, and brought some wit into the role, however his singing voice was too weedy and very un-G&S; Alexander Oliver acquits himself better but lacked charisma. The production does have some lovely costumes and one or two nice sets, but the direction was very sluggish and did very little for a rather amateurish production. The woman's and pirates chorus are wonderful, but sadly the policeman were very flat in pitch so were not as impressive. The music and dialogue is very, very good, and the story while silly is fun. Unfortunately the dialogue is certainly unrehearsed, and one or two of the numbers like "Paradox" went at a rather peculiar speed, I personally would have done "Paradox" steadier than it was. Overall, the production was okay, saved by Michell, the music and some excellent chorus singing on the whole, but marred by plodding direction and casting peculiarities. 5/10 Bethany Cox.


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