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The Pirates are Coming!


After their phenomenal production last year, of the popular musical Sister Act, Fortwilliam Musical Society return with the hilarious musical comedy Pirates of Penzance. Directed by Peter Kennedy, this tale of swashbuckling pirates and fair maidens is guaranteed to make you smile.

A hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, and an eccentric Major-General await you in Gilbert & Sullivan's effervescent musical masterpiece The Pirates of Penzance, which you can see at Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey from 9th to 13th April.

Frederic, a pirate’s apprentice, falls head-over-heels in love with Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley. Frederic is due to be released from his apprenticeship on his 21st birthday, but there’s a snag. Born on 29th February, Frederic discovers that he is technically still a youngster. Although very much in love, his dedication to duty is unshakeable. Can he find a way to live happily-ever-after with Mabel?

Peter Kennedy is delighted to return to Fortwilliam to direct Pirates Of Penzance.

"It must be well over thirty years since I first worked with Fortwilliam Musical Society, and indeed, I owe them a debt of gratitude for being the first company to employ me as a Director/Choreographer. Since then, there have been so many memorable moments, including two overall show victories at the Northern Ireland Festival of Light Opera. (White Horse Inn and Fiddler on the Roof)".

" I’ve had the great pleasure of working with some amazing talent over the years, and wonderful production staff, and it is such a pleasure to return to the company now for this production of The Pirates of Penzance. Fortwilliam now is a very different company, but their dedication remains unaltered, and, I’m happy to report, they can still put together an amazingly talented cast of performers. It’s wonderful to be back when my career started in North Belfast. It feels a lot like home. I hope everyone enjoys the show", says Peter.

For Pirates Of Penzance Fortwilliam have put together a fabulous cast including AIMS Award Winner John Lindop as Fredrick. A district nurse by profession, John’s most recent performance was playing Julian Marsh in 42nd Street at the Grand Opera House.

Kerry Rooney returns to Fortwilliam to play The Pirate King. The double AIMS Award Winner last performed with Fortwilliam in Sweeney Todd in 2015.

Megan Mooney takes on the female lead as Mabel and Ella Campbell is thrilled to be making her principal debut as Kate.Ella’s most recent credits include performing with Spanner in the Works Theatre company on their tour of Banjaxed, Rigoletto with N.I. Opera and Grease in the Grand Opera House.

Classically trained singer Helena Hendron takes on the role of Edith, Megan Paul will be playing Isobel and after playing rapping Sister Mary Lazarus in Sister Act last year, Ditanya McKinty takes on the role of Ruth. Drew Reid and Aaron Butler are also hilarious as The Major General and Sergeant Tarantara!

Don’t miss Pirates of Penzance at Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey from 9th to 13th April.

To book tickets call 028 9034 0202 or online at

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