CANCELLED: The Pirates of Penzance

A man dressed half as a policeman and half as a pirate stands next to the title "The Pirates of Penzance"

March 14, 2020 | 7:30PM
Mandel Hall
$25 general | $60 patron (includes $35 donation) | $5 student


Due to concerns over the transmission of the novel Coronavirus and in the interest of public health and safety, the University of Chicago has issued new guidance suspending most University-sponsored events and public gatherings of more than 100 people. This includes this weekend's performances of The Pirates of Penzance.

Ticket holders will be contacted by the UChicago Department of Music and the UChicago Arts Box Office regarding refunds.


Friday, March 13, 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 14, 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 15, 2:00 PM
Mandel Hall, 1131 E 57th St

*To renew your same Patron seats from last year, please call the box office at 773.702.ARTS. Available until January 14, 2020.*

The best-known and best-loved of all Gilbert and Sullivan (at least to American audiences and performers alike), The Pirates of Penzance unleashes its rollicking band of inept pirates and bumbling policemen for the eighth time on the Mandel Hall stage this March. Filled to the brim with songs, jokes, and visuals that promise to be familiar and accessible to those new to Gilbert and Sullivan, Pirates also holds a special place in the hearts of countless performers, as it represents the first exposure for many to the world of light opera.

GSOC's 2020 production of Pirates will be particularly special to its directorial team, who bring a well-crafted and complete show honed over thirty years and fifteen separate productions, including the 1980s Broadway and National Tour productions, as well as productions designed from W.S. Gilbert's original prompt books. This production promises to be an unforgettable event for performers and audience members of all experience levels – from Savoyard aficionados to light opera novices – and will be a true testament to the enduring power and beauty of Gilbert and Sullivan for generations to come. 

Presented by Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company and the Department of Music. 

Shane Valenzi, Stage Director
Matthew Sheppard, Music Director

This performance will run approximately 2.5 hours with one intermission.

Tickets: $60 Patrons / $25 General / $5 Student / $15 Groups of 10+

General, Student & Group tickets on sale February 1, 2020.