Venue Details

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Julia Morgan Theater
formerly Julia Morgan Center for the Arts 2640 College Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704
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Pizza, cookies, chips, soft drinks available and you can eat in the theater!
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Street parking within a block on our Sunday 5pm show.
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They have Nerf swords for sale to fully experience the mood. Arrrrgh!
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Patrons are encouraged to dress as Pirates!
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Coffee, tea and sandwiches are often for sale too.
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Reviews & Ratings

36 ratings
4.3 average rating
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52 reviews
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attended Mar 09 2012

I'm generally a bit of a purist when it comes to Gilbert & Sullivan -- I couldn't stop railing against the Guthrie Theatre's take on "H.M.S. Pinafore," which inexplicably... continued

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18 reviews
3 stars
attended Mar 04 2012

I've seen my share of Gilbert & Sullivan and this was a refreshing take on a classic. All the singers/actors were great, especially the lead Frederick.

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50 reviews
53 stars
attended Mar 10 2012

It was definitely quirky. The performers were good. I'm just not sure if it was for adults or for kids, since there were some sexual references, albeit very subtle. An experience for sure, good singing.

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Get ready to be cast askew in a Pirates of Penzance like no other you’ve seen before! Punk, rock and ska enliven an already lively Gilbert & Sullivan score – a post-atomic city replaces the usual Cornish village. Here the Pirate King is female, the Pirates poetic Teddy Boys, the women strong and willful, and the Major General a poster child for the 1%. This is not a Pirates for purists! Gilbert & Sullivan were famous for lampooning love and leadership and director Jon Tracy continues to do so with fresh and inventive focus – giving this romantic, swashbuckling, comic operetta a zany breath of life that will have everyone in the family smiling ear to ear or wanting to pogo!

Books and Lyrics by William Schwenck Gilbert / Music by Arthur Seymour Sullivan / Directed by Jon Tracy / Music

Direction by Jonathan Fadner / Choreography by Emily Morrison / Fight Choreography Dave Maier

Recommended for those ages 5 and older. The show runs 2 hours, including 1 intermission.

About the Ticket Supplier: Berkeley Playhouse

Berkeley Playhouse is a professional theatre for all ages. It was founded in 2007 by Artistic Director, Elizabeth McKoy, a professional theatre actor, director, and teacher for over 20 years. Originally trained in New York, Elizabeth has performed in New York, Seattle and in the Bay Area. She also served as education Director at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, creating and providing exciting and creative teacher training for schools, after-school programs and pre-professional development programs and on the faculty at the internationally known Seattle Children's theatre for five years. Elizabeth was Teaching Artist in Residence in many Seattle public and private schools and assisted with the development of an interdisciplinary curriculum for them-based education for 5th and 6th graders in public schools.