The very model of a hit show

Rose Hill Musical Society will be presenting The Pirates of Penzance, one of the most popular of the Gilbert And Sullivan comic operas, at the Guildhall Theatre, Derby, from Tuesday, March 19 to Saturday, March 23.

In his previous opera, HMS Pinafore, W S Gilbert had poked fun at the Royal Navy.

This time out, his targets are the Army, the Police and also an Englishman’s sense of duty.

The opera contains well-known songs such as I am a Pirate King, Poor wand’ring one, I am the very model of a modern Major-General and A policeman’s lot is not a happy one.

Stage director is Beverley Graham with Margaret Slater as musical director.

The orchestra is conducted by Carl Smith, who was previously the society’s musical director from 1987 to 1995.

The cast includes Brian Meese (Major-General Stanley), Allister Jordan (Pirate King), Tony Eley (Samuel), Craig Arme (Frederic), Nicola Harris (Mabel), Katie Smith (Edith), Paula Bettison (Kate), Elle Ford (Isabel), Jayne Brewster-Beard (Ruth) and Peter Featherstone (Sergeant of Police).

Almost all the seats for the Saturday matinee are sold, but other tickets (Tuesday £10, Wednesday £11, Thursday to Saturday £12) are available by calling Peter Featherstone on 0115 925 8717.