One of the most beloved of all operettas, and known as one of the “Big Three” of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon, Pirates is full of some of their most famous musical numbers, including “I Am the Very Model of the Modern Major General,” “Poor Wond’ring One,” “With Cat-like Tread,” and the glorious anthem “Hail Poetry.” Director Nicolas Aliaga frames his first production with Lamplighters through a more modern lens, emphasizing the late 19th Century concept of the “New Woman,” which embraced an entirely new feminist ideal. Major-General Stanley’s wards are intrepid, curious, and hardy, and the pirates themselves are gentlemen whose true crime is merely casting off society’s expectations; this will be a show about not doing what you are expected — or, indeed, duty-bound — to do!

Susan Steinberg, THE INDEPENDENT
"Audiences will enjoy a sparkling performance by world-class singers, a full professional orchestra, and a troupe voted the BEST G & S COMPANY IN THE WORLD by the British themselves."


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About Lamplighters Music Theatre

Lamplighters Music Theatre is a San Francisco based non-profit theatre company founded in 1952 to produce the comic operas of Gilbert & Sullivan and other works of comparable wit, literacy and musical merit. Our company strives to enrich the lives of current and future theatre-goers with productions of the highest artistic quality, and to offer performance opportunities in the unique style of classic music theatre to established and emerging artists alike. Through youth training, programs in schools and community outreach, the Lamplighters aspire to develop young talent and encourage people of all ages to explore the comic appeal and deep musical rewards of this repertoire.

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