Opera favourite on the big screen

MTG’s Century Theatre is bringing Gilbert & Sullivan’s much-loved comic masterpiece The Pirates of Penzance to the big screen for a one-off matinee next Sunday.

The screen version is the work of renowned film maker Mike Leigh, directing an English National Opera performance which is packed with brilliant humour, a sparkling score and catchy tunes.

Director Laura Vodanovich says The Pirates of Penzance has been a musical favourite for more than a century, with timeless appeal that continues to fill theatres internationally. “It’s broadly appealing because it’s very funny and elements of the story work for all ages”. It’s such a well-known production, “most people will instantly recognise the music, even if they don’t immediately associate it with the show”, she says.

The cast of the screen production features the best of English National Opera talent including New Zealand’s own Jonathan Lemalu as the affectionate parody of the British bobby.

The Pirates of Penzance screens at 1.30pm, Sunday 23 August at MTG’s Century Theatre.

Tickets can be bought in advance or on the day from at the museum and include complementary tea and coffee at intermission.

Tickets $16 / $14 /$11; general admission / concessions / children

14 August 2015

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