The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance

Sponsored by:
  • Brown Forman

January 7 - February 5, 2014

Run Time: 80 minutes.
There will be no intermission.

by Gilbert and Sullivan
reimagined by The Hypocrites
adapted and directed by Sean Graney
co-directed by Thrisa Hodits
co-adapted by Kevin O'Donnell

As a young boy, Frederic was mistakenly apprenticed to a band of tender-hearted pirates.  Now at 21, soon to fall head-over-heels for the Major-General’s daughter, he disavows the pirate’s life forever…or so he thinks!  Chicago theatre rebels The Hypocrites bring their delicious humor—along with guitars, banjos and beach balls—to Gilbert and Sullivan’s musical comedy about high seas adventure and answering the call of duty.


Click Here for a sneak peek of The Hypocrites’ production in Chicago!


  • Audience Advisory: None.
  • Age Recommendation: Ages 7+


The Hypocrites

Founding Artistic Director Sean Graney created The Hypocrites in 1997, and it is currently run by Artistic Director Halena Kays and Managing Director Megan Wildebour. The Hypocrites are recognized as groundbreakers that defy the audience’s expectations. They have grown significantly in the past few years, receiving acclaim for productions at Steppenwolf Garage, Goodman Theatre, Museum of Contemporary Art, DCA Storefront, Chopin Theater and nationally at American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, Mass.). The company’s smash-hit production of Our Town, directed by MacArthur Genius Award winner David Cromer, transferred in 2009 to Off-Broadway, Los Angeles and Boston. The American Theatre Wing, best known as the creator of the Tony Awards, presented The Hypocrites with one of the 2013 National Theatre Company awards. Since the company’s founding, they have produced over 50 mainstage productions and 8 festival pieces securing 23 Joseph Jefferson Citations and 2 After Dark Awards. In Greek, the word “hypocrite” means “actor,” or someone who pretends to be what they are not. However, the company’s name is actually inspired by Eugène Ionesco’s Notes and Counternotes. According to the playwright, a person cannot be held to one idea. Ionesco consistently contradicts himself throughout the book, hence its title and The Hypocrites’ name. For more information on The Hypocrites, please visit


Dare to walk the plank and join us on stage?

Starting at just $10*, you can come aboard and be a part of the show!  Limited seating is available on stage for every performance.  Promenade tickets are not available online.  Call the Box Office at 502-584-1205 to purchase.


*Fees apply.  Price based on availability.


What the critics are saying about The Pirates of Penzance

“The show’s sunny disposition and high-energy staging are as effective a mid-winter mood-lifter as an hour with a light box and a shot of Vitamin D.” – Erin Keane, WFPL Full Review

“Graney’s cast is a tight-knit ensemble of gifted vocalists and comedic actors who do justice and then some to Gilbert and Sullivan’s material. They are also their own orchestra, playing live an array of instruments ranging from flute and guitar to toy piano and washboard. That complexity, combined with the on-the-fly demands of promenade staging, makes this production feel, well, dangerous – not exactly the first word that springs to mind when you think “Gilbert and Sullivan operetta.” Anything could happen – what a thrill!” – Erin Keane, WFPL Full Review

“This cohesive ensemble of ten yields actors with strong physicality and musical prowess. The Hypocrites use their adaptation of The Pirates of Penzance to encourage the audience not just to see the production, but to be part of it. And they throw one heck of a party.” – Michelle Rynbrandt, Full Review

“What unfolded was a nearly 90-minute romp through the opera, featuring mostly abbreviated songs from the original score and antics. Under the direction of Sean Graney, with co-direction by Thrisa Hodits, the cast was in lock-step with each other, punctuating the story with sharp physical humor — and lots of energy.” – Elizabeth Kramer, The Courier-Journal



For Accessibility information, call the Box Office at 502-584-1205 or email

Actors Theater of Louisville
316 West Main St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Box Office: 502.584.1205
502.371.0956 TDD

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