'The Pirates of Penzance'
March 2011

'Such a good show.'

This show could have graced any professional stage: Every one of the principals acted and sang superbly and the chorus were a joy to listen to – not a note out of place. The set and costumes were just right. The orchestra was well balanced and not too loud – it was lovely to hear all the words from those on stage.

Danny Shaw playing Fredric sang really well and was obviously very comfortable on stage. Well done. Tim Henshaw acted very well as The Pirate King, as did Allen Christey as the Major General. Ann O’Shea played the part of Ruth, the maid of all work. I think she was a little too glamorous to be classed as the plain and elderly nurse joining the Pirates after signing up Fredric as a pirate and not a pilot. Ken Brook as the Sergeant of Police brought much of the comedy to the show. He and his team of policeman had all the audience laughing, well done.

Now to the girls: What a delightful group and such lovely voices. Katherine Seager and Lauren Robson-Tatlock, playing the sisters Kate and Edith, sang and acted very well. And I’ve saved the best ‘til last. Mabel, played by Eleanor Molloy, was outstanding, her beautiful pure voice was a joy to listen to. She looked delightful onstage.

My congratulations to everyone involved in putting on such a good show.

Jackie Kay

The Bolton News
'Gilbert and Sullivan would have been proud.'

THE topsy turvy world of Gilbert and Sullivan has been enthralling audiences for 140 years. And New Rosemere AOS' production of The Pirates Of Penzance proves the work of the dynamic duo can be just as much fun now as it was when it was first shown in New York in 1879.

The comic opera is the story of a kindhearted bunch of pirates, who have a soft spot for orphans - being ones themselves - and Frederic, the apprentice pirate who has now completed his time with the crew and is about to embark on a new life now he has fulfilled his duty. Almost as soon as he reaches dry land, Frederic happens across the Major General and his gaggle of daughters. The hero of the tale promptly falls in love with Mabel, but their happily ever after plans are soon thwarted when it emerges 21-year-old Frederic must return to his band of pirates because he was born in a leap year on February 29 and in real birth day years is aged just five. But never fear, there is still a truly heartwarming happy ending.

New Rosemere AOS's production is quirky and fun. There are some great performances from Tim Henshaw as the Pirate King, Danny Shaw as duty-bound Frederic, Lauren Robinson-Tatlock as Kate and Katherine Seager as Edith. Susan Bradley is wonderful as Ruth, Frederic's nursemaid, who accidentally forced him into life as a pirate. Her comic timing is perfect and her voice is a joy to hear. And Mabel, played by Eleanor Molloy, truly shines with a sparkling performance, while Allen Christey, was definitely among the show stealers.

Rousing songs, comedy - and everyone in fine voice.

Gilbert and Sullivan would have been proud.

BN Theatre Critic