Theatre Review: Pirates of Penzance, Derby Guildhall Theatre, Rose Hill Musical Society
Rose Hill Musical Society have done it again with a rollicking good performance of the famous and ever popular Pirates of Penzance. I always look forward to seeing what treat this excellent Gilbert and Sullivan group have to offer. This production at Derby Guildhall Theatre is probably the best rendition I have seen in many a year.
The orchestra were at their best and the singers hit all the right notes.
Brian Meese was the redoubtable Major–General Stanley, utilising his ample talent and expertise to capture the essence of his character. He was the very model of a modern Major-General.
Allister Jordan filled the boots well of the pirate king, bringing character and gravitas to this part. His powerful yet melodius voice was a real joy. Peter Featherstone was also masterful and, where appropriate, incompetent at times, bringing to life the ridiculed sergeant of police.
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Craig Arme gave his usual accomplished performance as the fresh-faced lead, Frederick. He had a real chemistry especially when playing opposite the lovely Mabel (Nicola Harris). Each time I hear her lyrical voice it feels like being snuggled up in a comforting duvet.
All the old well-loved standards were present and I left humming away to myself. I would encourage all G&S lover to get yourselves a ticket if you can; this show is well worth seeing and it runs until Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Derby Guildhall Theatre Derby. Congratulations to cast and company for another fine effort.