This turbo-charged revision of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic operetta is suffused with pop-rock elements, comic timing and top-notch singing performed by Canberra best local talent. As funny and as entertaining today as it was when it first opened in 1879, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE spins a farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major-General, all morally bound to the often absurd dictates of honor and duty.

PIRATES is showing at Erindale Theatre for 13 performances, from 22 Oct to 7 Nov.
Tickets are available online and over the phone. More information is on our ticketing page.
Running time is around 2 hours 20 mins, including interval. This production is suitable for children.

This production is based on Simon Gallaher's multi-award winning production, starring Simon Gallaher and Jon English, which toured Australia in the 90's and was seen by over 2 million people. It is pure musical theatre with pantomime elements. While the original melodies and settings of arias and duets are untouched, the backing band and ensemble numbers add a rock feel.


Pirate King: Shane Horsburgh

Samuel: Dave Collins

Frederic: Marcus Hurley

Mabel: Maddison Lymn

Sergeant: Greg Sollis

Major General: David Cannell

Ruth: Kate Tricks

Daughters: Karyn Tisdell, Deanna Gibbs, Esther Ramsay



Lachlan Agett

Nick Beecher

Hayden Crosweller

Brendan Farnhill

Amelia Juniper Grey

Lara Niven

Emma Nicholls

Jessica Stewart

Anna Tully

Jadziah Oakes

Elle Willis


Lachlan Agett

Andrew Barrow

Adam Best

Nick Beecher

Dave Collins

Hayden Crosweller

Brendan Farnhill

Alexander Gorring

Nathan Patrech

Dave Shannon

Dale Stam

Creative Team

Director: Kelda McManus

Music Director: Rhys Madigan

Choreographer: Annette Sharpe

Costume Designer: Jenny Norberry

Set Designer: Peter Karmel

Production Manager: Kate Tricks

Thursday 22 October, 8 pm
Friday 23 October, 8 pm
Saturday 24 October, 8 pm

Wednesday 28 October, 8 pm
Thursday 29 October, 8 pm
Friday 30 October, 8 pm
Saturday 31 October, 2 pm Matinee
Saturday 31 October, 8 pm

Wednesday 4 November, 8 pm
Thursday 5 November, 8 pm
Friday 6 November, 8 pm
Saturday 7 November, 2 pm Matinee
Saturday 7 November, 8 pm

Buy Tickets

Type Price Notes
Adult $49
Concession           . $43              . Full time student, pensioner, seniors, health care card holders
Group $43 Group of 10 or more
Child $25 17 years and under
Family $34* 2 adults, 2 children under 18. 4 tickets required at $34 each.


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"Judging by the rapturous applause at the finale of Canberra Philharmonic's upbeat version of The Pirates of Penzance, Kelda McManus' production does justice to the enduring popularity of Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert's satirical Victorian opera." - Peter Wilkins, The Canberra Times.

"GILBERT and Sullivan traditionalists may raise eyebrows, but those simply seeking a nice night’s entertainment will find much to entertain in the Canberra Philharmonic Society’s rollicking new production..." - Bill Stephens, CityNews.

On Wednesday 4 November, all ye buccanneers who come dressed in pirate attire can get yer tickets for $30. Speak like a pirate to the box office and ask for the 'matey ratey'. For any updates on this offer, check our Facebook page.