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Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance

Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance
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Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre
50 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA Get Directions

OVERVIEW

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If you’re stuck in a contract of servitude that will last most of your life, it might as well be with the nicest pirates in the world!

Opera Highlights

James Schuette’s vivid, colorful scenery will transport you to the coast of Cornwall in a production that has been described as “playful” (San Diego Union Tribune) and “sunny” (Atlanta Journal Constitution).

Plot Summary

A Pirate King and “Modern Major-General” are just the beginning of the farcical fun in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. Frederic, an apprentice indentured to the world’s most trusting band of pirates, is celebrating his 21st birthday and leaving in search of love when he encounters the Major-General’s group of daughters. Hilarity ensues in this comic opera that begs for a cast of seriously talented singers as the Major-General plots to keep his daughters from the pirates and the Pirate King makes plans to keep Frederic in his band.

Sung in English with English supertitles.

Runtime: Approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes including one intermission.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

All programs are subject to change given the ongoing uncertainty around the COVID-19 health crisis. Should USUO need to cancel or change elements of the season, ticket holders will be notified about their ticket options. USUO continues to prioritize the health and well-being of the entire community.

GENERAL AGE GUIDELINE: Individuals ages five and older are welcome at this performance. Parents should ensure their children are able to sit quietly through the performance without disturbing others around them. Consider checking out What to Expect at the Opera to help you determine if an opera is right for your child. No babes in arms will be admitted.

The Pirates of Penzance contains references to alcohol and comic violence.

LATE SEATING POLICY: Late seating will be at an appropriate break in the performance, to be determined at a later date, or at intermission. More information on our late and re-entry policies is found here.

Artists and programs are subject to change. No refunds. View Terms of Sale here.


ACCESSIBILITY

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera is committed to making all of our programs accessible to people with disabilities. It is our goal to integrate accessibility in all we do, including our programming, community engagement, and overall audience experience.

For information regarding accessibility features and recommendations for your visit at Utah Symphony | Utah Opera performances, please see below or contact our Access Services Administrator, Melissa Robison at mrobison@usuo.org or 801-869-9067.

 

BLIND OR LOW VISION

Seat requests to sit near the stage are available upon request.

Digital programs and information are available online and compatible for screen readers.

Visually Impaired Night at the Opera

  • Wednesday night dress rehearsal of May opera
  • Braille Script(s) available
  • Large-print synopsis available (at all operas)
  • Pre-concert insight into the opera’s story and production presented by our Artistic Director and Director of Community Outreach & Education
    • Included in this is an interactive tactile demonstration of costume fabrics, wigs, and props
  • Audio Descriptive Services available– we always ask if they’ll need this while registering for this opportunity just so we ensure enough headsets.
  • Free

BRAILLE

Braille programs are available by advance request only. To request a Braille program, contact us at least one week in advance of the performance date.

DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING

Assisted hearing devices are available by request at coat check.

Our operas will also have supertitles available for all patrons above the stage.

To request additional ASL (American Sign Language) interpreters or reserve an assistive listening device, please contact mrobison@usuo.org no later than 7 days prior to your ticketed event date.

ELEVATORS

There are two elevators. One is located in the east end of the lobby and brings patrons to all levels of the theatre. The second is located in the middle of the lobby, just west of the staircase leading up the left side of the house.

ENTRANCES

Automatic Door: Accessible main entrance at the plaza level, drop off area down the alley, and ticket office north entrance.

NEURODIVERSE INFORMATION

Upon entering Capitol Theatre, you will hear lobby music at a medium level with sporadic announcements from the overhead speaker starting with a bell indicating that seating has begun and that the opera will begin soon. The lobby will be full of quite a few people so if you need space or quiet, it may be good to wait until just before the opera starts to come into the Theatre or enter when the lobby opens.

Special performances are available during our Access to Music concerts.

Weighted lap pads are available upon request at coat check.

Earplugs are available upon request at coat check.

PARKING

There is one on-street accessible parking space east of the theatre on 200 South. There are additional parking lots located near the theatre as well as metered parking.

Drop off/Loading Zone – Located directly in front of the main entrance to Capitol Theatre.

PURCHASING TICKETS

If you need assistance purchasing tickets, please call 801-533-6683 or email us at info@usuo.org.

RESTROOMS, MERCHANDISE AND CONCESSIONS

Accessible restrooms are located on the main floor.

Merchandise and concessions are located on the main floor and have wheelchair accessible counters. If you need additional service seeing the products, the staff and volunteers will be happy to assist.

SERVICE ANIMALS

Service animals are permitted in the theatre. Emotional support animals, comfort animals and therapy dogs are not permitted. Each service animal must remain with its owner and be restrained. If a service animal interferes with other guests, corrective action may include re-arranging seating or removal of the service animal from the theatre.

WHEELCHAIR, LIMITED MOBILITY & BARIATRIC SEATING

Patrons requiring accessible seating accommodations must request them at their point of purchase. Patrons may purchase (1) accessible seat and up to (3) companion seats adjacent to their accessible seat pending availability for a total of (4) tickets. If you would like additional friends or family to sit near you, let us know and we will do our absolute best based on availability! At the Capitol Theatre, wheelchair seating is available in the back and the sides of the Orchestra level.

Seats that have removable arm rests and bariatric seats are also available upon request.

SPONSORS

SPONSORS

Season SponsorGeorge S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation logo
Special ThanksZAP logo