The Pirates of Penzance

June 29 - August 4, 2024

Sponsored by Pamela and Louis Bansbach


The Pirates of Penzance

Swashbuckling Adventures and Harmonious Hijinks!

Set against the backdrop of Cornwall’s coastline, The Pirates of Penzance is a comedic operetta that revolves around a young man mistakenly apprenticed to a band of pirates due to a communication mix-up. As he completes his term with the pirates, he yearns for love and an honorable life. After humorous encounters with a group of young women and a crafty ruse involving the pirates’ soft spot for orphans, a surprising revelation about the young man’s true apprenticeship commitment is unveiled. Enjoy unexpected twists and a heartwarming resolution that touches on loyalty, duty, and societal expectations.

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Pirates Extras:

  • Free Pre-performance Lectures: 45 minutes prior to every 2023 main stage performance. Seating is limited — arrive early
  • Free Post-performance Talkback: Dates coming soon.

2023 Festival subscribers can renew their subscription now for the 2024 Festival Season.

New 2024 subscriptions go on sale January 2, 2024.

Single tickets will be available on April 1, 2024.

Performance Location

Central City Opera House
124 Eureka St.
Central City, CO 80427

Book by

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert

Music by

Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan

Lyrics by

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert

Sung In

(English supertitles)

Run Time

3 Hours Plus Intermission

Production Sponsors

Pamela and Louis Bansbach