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London Coliseum, London3.811 reviews
Pitiful pirates, blundering bobbies, and a fully grown five-year-old. It's all absurdly enjoyable!

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The Pirates of Penzance at the iconic London Coliseum!

Let’s get this straight. The pirates, who take pity on orphans, are really peers of the realm. The 21-year-old, who has sworn to put them behind bars, is really only five. And the policemen, whose lot is not a happy one, are really, really hopeless at foiling felons…

A swashbuckling farce of brilliant humour and razor-sharp wit, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance makes for the perfect night out. Chock-full of memorable melodies, it includes the famous tongue-twisting patter song from the Major-General and the cowardly Police Sergeant’s ‘When a felon’s not engaged in his employment’.

For the first revival of this smash-hit production from renowned filmmaker Mike Leigh, ENO favourite Andrew Shore returns to sing the role of the army general alongside John Tomlinson as the Sergeant of Police. ENO Harewood Artists David Webb and Soraya Mafi sing the roles of the young lovers, Frederic and Mabel, and Gareth Jones conducts.

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Additional Information

Age restriction


Running time

2 hours 15 minutes including one interval

Performance dates

9, 11, 16, 18, 23 Feb, 4, 9, 11, 16, 21, 23 Mar at 7.30pm and 11, 18 Feb, 4, 18, 25 Mar at 3pm.

Venue Information

London Coliseum33 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

Customer Reviews

11 reviews3.8

Rodney Powell19th February

Excellent, very enjoyable. Great singing and acting. Orchestra also very good.

Allison Thackery19th February

Good view but leg room was a bit restricted for my 6' tall husband

Jamie Scott19th February

Excellent production; singing was great but some of the dialogue wasn't clear.

Mrs Marilyn Simmons19th February

500 miles and £200 with the single aim of seeing sir John Tomlinson. Then he was ill and understudied. Difficult to be positive.

Michael19th February

Excellent G & S silly story great music and good fun. An excellent performance by the ENO.

Wendy Field17th February

Excellent production,great staging and singing.Might have been better on a smaller mor intimate stage.

Angela Moon13th February

I purchased tickets for The Pirates of Penzance for my elderly mother for her birthday. My maternal grandfather had been a great fan of Gilbert and Sullivan operas and had compiled a bound book of libretti over the years which my mother brought with her to London. My parents enjoyed a wonderful performance by the company. My father has AMD and mobility problems but was welcomed and assisted by all the staff at ENO, so thank you to all for your assistance. They also enjoyed a very pleasant lunch in the restaurant downstairs before the matinee. They thoroughly enjoyed the quality of the voices and would highly recommend this production.

peter Frowde12th February

We enjoyed our visit to the Coliseum to see the Pirates of Penzance but had a seat in the dress circle(row K) and were unable to see the screen above the stage which showed the ongoing story. This spoilt the first half. We moved seats and thought the second half was wonderful. Peter Frowde

Jonathan Fialkov27th June

Superb production! The performances were all outstanding.

Ruth Donaldson15th June

It was great fun and a good evening . Thankyou.

David Sands14th June

Excellent production but our seats were in upper circle and sound was not good for spoken word