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
All the singing is terrific and there's a lot of silliness and slapstick. I love all the main characters, but I think Frederic has the best voice and the pirate king/head policeman are the most fun. I also think the cameramen did a good job capturing the scenes and side-gags going on, and the quality looks fine to me given how old it is. Having the live theater experience on DVD with the audience interaction is really neat as opposed to a movie which lacks that, and personally it takes me back to when I saw the show.
Given the modernization of this show, you could argue that a few small bits of this are PG. Overall I'd say it's great family fun.
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very good replaced recorded programme will watch many timesPublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Thank you. Arrived very quickly and in great condition. Boyfriend was very happy with his Christmas present. :)Published 17 months ago by Krystle
Best version of this play I have been able to find. Love the music and performances!Published 18 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 18 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 18 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 on May 25, 2014 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 on April 29, 2014 by Cobber Tom
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