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The Pirates of Penzance, 2017, Toby Leigh

In its first revival, renowned film maker Mike Leigh’s smash-hit production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular comic opera returned to ENO in 2017 with Gareth Jones conducting. Chock-full of memorable melodies, Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera is packed full of sentimental pirates, blundering policeman, absurd adventures and improbable paradoxes. It includes the famous tongue-twisting patter song from the Major-General and the cowardly Police Sergeant’s ‘When a felon’s not engaged in his employment’.