Gilbert and Sullivan’s pirate treasure chest of musical fun ...

Halifax Light Opera Society present The Pirates of Penzance. Ready to buckle their swash are (from the left) Steve Greenwood (Sam), Ashley 'Davis (Pirate King) and Richard Armstrong (Frederic).
Halifax Light Opera Society present The Pirates of Penzance. Ready to buckle their swash are (from the left) Steve Greenwood (Sam), Ashley 'Davis (Pirate King) and Richard Armstrong (Frederic).

Young Halifax Light Opera Society members visited Manchester in 1985 to see the Broadway version of “The Pirates of Penzance” and decided they wanted to do the show.

Now, 28 years later, that wish has come true as the society performs the show at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, from Wednesday, November 13 to Saturday, November 16, including a Saturday matinee.

The Manchester show’s cast included Paul Nicholas, Bonnie Langford and a major breakthrough performance for Michael Ball.

The show takes the Gilbert and Sullivan favourite and gives it an irreverent twist.

It was appropriate that the new version should take place on Broadway, as the original version had also premiered there just over 100 years before.

The hilarious new version was an instant hit and ran for almost 800 performances with the most well known of its songs being ‘I am the very model of a modern major-general.’

Taking the lead in Halifax Light Opera Society’s production of the Broadway version of “The Pirates of Penzance” is Ashley Davis of Bailiff Bridge, who plays the Pirate King.

Among the cast will be his wife Pippa, who plays Kate. Both have appeared together in the society’s recent shows, with Ashley playing the lead in “Me and My Girl” two years ago.

Tickets for the show are now on sale and range in price from £10 to £17.

Visit www.victoriatheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01422 351153 for full details and to make a booking.