Mike Leigh’s operatic debut, The Pirates of Penzance will screen at Event Cinemas Indooroopilly on the 18th and 19th July at 3pm as part of ENO Screen – English National Opera’s series of fresh and dynamic productions direct to the big screen, which recently included Terry Gilliam’s production of Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini and Peter Konwitschny’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata. English National Opera performances are captured live from the London Coliseum and are shot on multi-cam in stunning cinematic HD. All productions are sung in the English language, its opera for everyone!

Fresh from the major success of his celebrated film Mr Turner, renowned film maker, director and Gilbert & Sullivan aficionado Mike Leigh makes his opera directing debut with this eagerly anticipated new production of sparkling comic masterpiece The Pirates of Penzance. In a hilarious performance where comedy and romance combine with surprising twists and turns, this popular farcical comedy features swashbuckling pirates, flat footed policemen, razor sharp satire and memorable melodies.

The Pirates of Penzance tells the story of the pirate apprentice Frederic and his love for Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley who has the famous tongue-twisting patter song ‘I am the very model of a modern Major- General’. The song has featured or been lampooned within popular culture including The Muppet Show, Babylon 5, Frasier, Scrubs, Star Trek-The Next Generation, Family Guy and Spitting Image.

British baritone Andrew Shore makes his role debut as Major-General Stanley with British tenor Robert Murray in the role of Frederic the pirate apprentice and New Zealand born Samoan bass baritone Jonathan Lemalu as the Sergeant of Police. British mezzo-soprano Rebecca de Pont Davies makes her role debut as Ruth and British baritone Alexander Robin Baker makes his role debut as Samuel. Joining the company are Australian/American bass Joshua Bloom as The Pirate King, Irish soprano Claudia Boyle as Mabel, British soprano Soraya Mafi as Edith, Welsh mezzo soprano Angharad Lyddon as Kate and Lydia Marchione as Isabel.

The 2015 ENO Screen season also includes Carmen and Peter Grimes, which will come to cinemas in August and September respectively.

Date and Time: Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July 2015 at 3pm
Location: Event Cinemas Indooroopilly
Tickets: Adults $23/Concessions & Students $21/Child $15* (* excludes $1.20 online booking fee) Don’t miss out – tickets are on sale now at eventcinemas.com.au or at the box office.

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