WIN! Tickets to The Pirates of Penzance

The Illyria group's production of The Pirates of Penzance is to be performed at Thoresby Hall
The Illyria group's production of The Pirates of Penzance is to be performed at Thoresby Hall
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Spread your picnic blanket in the beautiful surroundings of Thoresby Park this summer, sit back and enjoy a fabulous open air theatre experience.

After all, theatre was always meant to be performed outdoors.

The Guardian has teamed up with Thoresby Park and theatre group Illyria to offer one lucky reader a pair of tickets to see the Pirates of Penzance on Friday 22nd July.

The Pirates of Penzance is Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular comic opera, originally performed by D’Oyly Carte Opera Company for a century.

The story goes that Frederick, a childhood pirate apprentice, reaches the age of 21 and announces to the Pirate King that he must leave them.

His wish is to seek his fortune in a more wholesome way than piracy, and vows to kill the pirates if he should ever see them again.

Frederick reaches land and encounters Major Stanley’s beautiful daughters, falling in love with Mabel, the most beautiful of them.

Thrilling comedy ensues when he discovers he was actually born on 29th February and is contracted to the Pirate King until his 21st birthday, not his 21st year.

This summer Illyria delivers a magical musical production of the opera, in the UKs finest open air touring theatres.

First performed in 1879, the hilarious melodrama, sharp satire and glittering wit of the Pirates of Penzance make it as fresh as though it had been written today.

The swashbuckling show is packed with laughter, romance and a galleon full of memorable songs such as To Be a Pirate King, Modern Major General and A Policeman’s Lot is Not a Happy One.

Illyria’s productions of Pride and Prejudice, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Gulliver’s Travels and The Three Musketeers have attracted five star reviews in the national broadsheets, while The Importance of Being Earnest won a Best Performance award at the Edinburgh Festival in 2001.

The Pirates of Penzance comes to the lawns of Thoresby Park for one night only on Friday 22nd.

Gates open at 6.45pm with the performance starting at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £15 full price, £12 concessions and £8 for children.

A special offer is also available - buy ten tickets and get one free.

Book now on 01623 822009 or email

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, simply answer this question.

Q) Which theatrical composers wrote The Pirates of Penzance?

Send your answer to Pirates Competition, The Worksop Guardian, 21-27 Ryton Street, Worksop, Notts, S80 2AY.

Remember to include a daytime telephone number.

Entries must be received by Friday 15th July.