14-17 May 2014
Reviewed by Emma Rogers
The Gilbert and Sullivan musical, The Pirates of Penzance, is performed at The Churchill Theatre in Bromley by the West Wickham Operatic Society as part of their anniversary celebrations.
Praise should be given to the musicians especially, who from the first opening note gave a fantastic performance. I thought they were a professional outfit so I was quite shocked to find out they are not!
The story follows the amusing tale of haphazard pirates chasing after the fair maiden daughters of a major general with a view to marrying every last one. The lead character of Frederick is played by Daniel Lawrence, who seems to take his role of being a local heartthrob very seriously!
Minor first night mishaps are forgiven, especially as they worked them into the scene, like when King Pirate dropped his gun and Frederick picks it up! The show is very well choreographed throughout too, which must have amounted to an awful lot of work.
One if the stars of the night is young Mabel, played by Katy Powis-Holt. She has great stage presence and a near-perfect voice for performances. Also noticeable were Ellen Gauntlett and Emma Brack for their acting skills, but also some brilliant comic timing.
The show is an enjoyable, humorous night out that everyone from the kids to your Granny will enjoy.
One note to the Churchill though – these actors needed microphones!
Tickets cost from £11.90 to £26.90 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 08448 717 620.
Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley, BR1 1HA | 08448 717 620