Tuesday, March 02, 2021
The Pirates of Penzance @ Palace Theatre...
What could have been more cheering way back in 2020 than to have been in a theatre again at Christmas? A jolly bit of Gilbert and Sullivan is what! Sasha Regan's all-male Pirates of Penzance has voyaged around the world and it was great to have seen it when it dropped anchor, albeit for one of two nights only, at the Palace Theatre. It was lively and inventive, with a slightly chaotic, rough and ready vibe that was quite refreshing on a West End stage.
There was plenty to enjoy in the jaunty choreography and daft fight scenes, involving tiny swords and people standing on each other. The all-male aspect was funny but not over-egged and it was all (sadly?) very family friendly.
Having performed in all-male version of The Pirates of Penzance myself back in (gulp) 1973 I knew all the words and, no doubt to the annoyance of those sitting in the row in front, sang along - albeit through my mask.
I hope this show sets sail again when all this lockdown nonsense is well and truly over.