The best-known and 

best-loved of all!

The best-known and best-loved of all Gilbert and Sullivan (at least to American audiences and performers alike), The Pirates of Penzance unleashes its rollicking band of inept pirates and bumbling policemen for the seventh time on the Mandel Hall stage this March. Filled to the brim with songs, jokes, and visuals that promise to be familiar and accessible to those new to Gilbert & Sullivan, Pirates also holds a special place in the hearts of countless performers, as it represents the first exposure for many to the world of light opera.

The Company’s 2022 production of Pirates will be particularly special to its directorial team, who bring a well-crafted and complete show honed over thirty years and fifteen separate productions—including the 1980s Broadway and National Tour productions, as well as productions designed from W.S. Gilbert’s original prompt books. This production promises to be an unforgettable event for performers and audience members of all experience levels—from Savoyard aficionados to light opera novices—and will be a true testament to the enduring power and beauty of Gilbert and Sullivan for generations to come.


The period for Pirates of Penzance auditions has now closed. Thank you for your interest. 

Please check back in
December for the cast list. 


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 The Pirates of Penzance runs March 4, 5, and 6, 2022, at the 

University of Chicago’s Mandel Hall 
1131 E. 57th Street, Chicago IL 60637

Tickets for the 2022 production of The Pirates of Penzance will go on sale in late 2021.

All event attendees over age 12 who are attending public Music Department events must provide proof of vaccination and wear masks. By exception, visitors who are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons or due to a sincerely-held religious belief may provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event, or proof of a positive test 14-90 days prior to the event with affirmation that you are not experiencing any symptoms.

For more information regarding the University of Chicago Music Department COVID protocols, click here.