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Gilbert & Sullivan - The Pirates of Penzance / Jon English, Simon Gallaher, Helen Donaldson, Toni Lamond, Derek Metzger, Tim Tyler, Craig Schaffer
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All the singers are fantastic, possibly the weakest singer is Jon English (the Pirate King) but he makes up for any small inadequacies in his voice with the absolutely amazing energy of his performance. Ruth is played by a veteran of Australian stage, Toni Lamond.
The two best singers are Mabel and Frederick, as they should be.
If you want to watch a fun production, this is what you should watch.
It's inevitable that some parts will not please everyone. Some changes enhance it, some seem like change for the sake of change... after all there ARE good reasons this show from the 1870s is still so loved! For example, I love the energy, enthusiasm and dancing ability of anything involving the Pirates and the men's chorus. On the other hand I can't stand the not-so-Fabulous-Singlettes, three singers who play "the ladies chorus" - if I was Frederic faced with a choice of marrying Ruth or going for the "sweet young things" then one of the most beautiful yearning tenor solos in the G&S lexicon would never have been written.
The strength of this production revolves around Frederic and the Pirate King (and that men's chorus!).
Simon Gallaher (Frederic) who I believe mounted this production (?) is a lovely Frederic - sings like an angel, looks young and innocent - just delightful. He plays the role "straight", and it works.
I really enjoy the performance of Jon English as the Pirate King. English (a former 70s rock star) has an awesome presence, helped by being extremely tall.Read more ›
The singing and acting were superb and the comedy sketches hillarious without being farcical.
Jon English, well what can I say? Totally brilliant!
More uplifting than Prozac, more fun than a night out with the girls, my perfect stay at home feel good D.V.D
Most of the play is tossed away carelessly as the principles (Pirate King and & the Major General) never take what they are doing seriously and we are constantly aware that they are aware they are doing a play and are trying ever-so-hard to be funny.
The 3 Singlets, cast as the ("8, or 9, or 10 in all") General's daughters are talented singers, but their singing doesn't make up for the fact that they look more as if they should have been cast as Ruth(s) AND they chew (read devour) the scenery whenever they're on stage. Oh. Did I mention that for some inexplicable reason they found it necessary to add a rock n' roll beat to many of the songs?
Imagine "Pirates of Penzance" done almost completely for Burlesque and you get the overall impression. If one principle character was overplayed, it might have been cute - this many hammy over-the-top actors and it's just too much. The Pirate King is especially appealing and would have added a certain cache if some of the others had been restrained; notably the Major General who let no sight gag or mugging opportunity slip past him - even those that destroyed character, pace, and plot.
The less said about Ruth, the better. I suspect she is an Australian celebrity; I can't think she was chosen for her acting or singing. The Police Sergeant is a skilled contortionist.
HOWEVER - the saving grace of the piece are Frederick and Mabel. They are just too darn good to miss.
The scenes where the Singlets are restrained, where the Major General is GONE, or the Pirates are on alone work well.
If you are prepared for a bit of a roller-coaster ride, this show is worth watching. Just be prepared with the 'mute' or 'fast forward'.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
very good replaced recorded programme will watch many timesPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I saw this show live on multiple occasions as a kid in the mid-90s when my dad was stationed in Australia. We went as a family and enjoyed it so much. Read morePublished 3 months ago by G. J. Gaspari
Thank you. Arrived very quickly and in great condition. Boyfriend was very happy with his Christmas present. :)Published 11 months ago by Krystle
Best version of this play I have been able to find. Love the music and performances!Published 12 months ago by Violet Crawford
To be fair I only watched one song-- Oh is there not one maiden breast-- and it was hard enough to get through that. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mark Cobb
This is the finest cheekiest most Aussie version of the Pirates ever made. The singing, acting and choreography are jaw- droppingly sensational. . Read morePublished 12 months ago by Malcolm Everett
Saw the live show in Australia . Had a copy in the form of a video with no machine to play it on. Always wanted to see it again. Thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 20 months ago by Elizabeth
Fit for all ages. Any-one who finds fault has forgotten the joy of pantomime. Jon English played an excellent pirate king, mark that 'Chief Clown. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Cobber Tom
No one is a better Pirate King than Jon English. :-) Good laughs, great songs, what more could one ask for?Published 23 months ago by Rachael Travica-Dunstan
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