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Julia Morgan Theater
2640 College Avenue Berkeley, CA 94704
510-845-8542
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Come 30 minutes early, this is a nice place to be. Have a snack at the theater or take a short walk in the neighborhood.
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36 ratings
4.3 average rating
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53 reviews
1 stars
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 added Queen Victoria as a character, for instance (it aired on PBS last...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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51 reviews
62 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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Website

http://www.berkeleyplayhouse.org

Description

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 multiple award-winning theatre company (Broadway.com awards, TBA Award recommendations, Bay Area Critics Circle Award) and school for musical theatre education (Bay Area Parent Award, Parents Press Award).

From its humble beginnings as a theatre education program in Founder Elizabeth McKoy’s living room, Berkeley Playhouse has quickly become one of the largest arts organizations in the Bay Area, with nearly 25,000 individuals coming to see its professional musical productions, and over 1000 students studying in the School of Musical Theatre each year.

Housed in the historic Julia Morgan Theater, Berkeley Playhouse produces quality theater for all ages and it is common to see two, three, and even four generations of families sitting together enjoying shows like Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, or Fiddler on the Roof.