Berenice Stage Costume Hire Gallery:  Pirates of Penzance (1879)

Gallery: Pirates of Penzance First Performed 1879

or The Slave of Duty (April 2, 1880; Opera Comique; 363 performances)

A young pirate just out of his "indentures" in love with Mabel, Major General Stanley's  ward, while the rest of the pirate crew want to marry the general's other wards. 
Also one of the Big Three G&S operas.

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Pirate King Samuel
Pirate King Major General Samuel
majorGeneral Major General Act 2
Pirate King Daughters
Police Daughters
Pirate King and Major General
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March 25, 1875

December 18, 1875


The Sorcerer

November 17, 1877

May 24, 1878

Opéra Comique

H.M.S. Pinafore

May 25, 1878

February 20, 1880

Opéra Comique

The Pirates of Penzance

December 30, 1879
December 31, 1879
April 3, 1880

December 30, 1879
December 31, 1879
April 2, 1881

Bijou, Paignton
Fifth Avenue Theater, NY
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April 23, 1881
October 10, 1881

October 8, 1881
November 22, 1882

Opéra Comique


November 25, 1882

January 1, 1884


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January 5, 1884

October 9, 1884


The Mikado

March 14, 1885

January 19, 1887



January 22, 1887

November 5, 1887


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October 3, 1888

November 30, 1889


The Gondoliers

December 7, 1889

June 20, 1891


Utopia, Limited

October 7, 1893

June 9, 1894


The Grand Duke

March 7, 1896

July 10, 1896


Compiled from The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company In Gilbert and Sullivan Operas: A Record of Productions, 1875-1961.
Compiled by Cyril Rollins and R. John Witts. London: Michael Joseph, 1962