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The Pirates of Penzance

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Aaarh, me hearties, pirates invade Brisbane in March
Believe it or not, South Bank's familiar concrete cultural edifice, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), is this year celebrating its 30th birthday. And what better way to commemorate the occasion than to take it back to where it all began, with the rollicking rambunctious fun of The Pirates of Penzance.

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Image courtesy of Harvest Rain

This special anniversary presentation is brought to you by another Brisbane cultural icon, Harvest Rain Theatre Company, Australia's only professional musical theatre company.

Brisbane's original Pirates production launched the careers of Australian musical stalwarts, Simon Gallaher (as Frederic) and Marina Prior (as the innocent Mabel). Gallaher also presented a highly successful Australia-wide tour of Pirates to more than 2 million people in the 1990s. Well, so much is Pirates in Gallaher's blood that this time he's occupying the director's chair.

Nobody does musicals like Harvest Rain. A genuine love of the genre is evident in all their shows. Their hugely successful 2014 season brought to life classics like Guys and Dolls, Cats and Spamalot for appreciative Brisbane audiences. They also manage to attract some of Australia's best musical and acting talent. Last year saw musical royalty like Marina Prior, Julie Anthony, Ian Stenlake and Jon English headlining, along with inspired left-field selections like Darryl Somers..

Their 2015 Pirates of Penzance will be no exception. Apart from the directorial talents of Gallaher, you'll find the legendary Nancye Hayes as Ruth and the avuncular John Woods as Major-General Stanley. Their left-field selection for Pirates is television personality Andrew O'Keefe as the Pirate King, perhaps the greatest fictional pirate to ever buckle a swash. New talent abounds in the form of Georgina Hopson as Mabel and Billy Bourchier as Frederic, both performing in their very first professional engagements.

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Image courtesy of Harvest Rain

Will Andrew O'Keefe out-pirate the likes of Jon English, Anthony Warlow and Captain Jack Sparrow?

Will Mabel and Frederic find true love?

Will John Woods be the 'very model of a modern Major-General'?

The only way to find out the answer to these questions, and more, is to come along and enjoy all the musical mayhem.


Make sure you get in quickly to secure your seats. There are only five performances scheduled and you wouldn't want to miss out on all the fun.



Dates and Times
Thursday 19th March 7.30pm
Friday 20th March 7.30pm
Saturday 21st March 2pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 22nd March 1pm

Venue
Concert Hall, QPAC, Cnr Grey Street and Melbourne Street, South Bank

Tickets
Prices range from $69 to $119 with group discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available online here.

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Why? Everybody loves a pirate
When: Performances from 19 to 22nd March
Where: Concert Hall, QPAC
Cost: Ranges from $69 to $119
Your Comment
Such a shame it is on the same nights as Wicked! I have already booked but would love to see both.
by sog07 (score: 0|4) 1592 days ago
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