History Theatre / ThePiratesOfPenzance

16th Apr '17 1:04:05 AM ThallianGold
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** Ruth is a 47 year old child's maid who joins battle between pirates and police during a full raid on Penzance, coming out without a scratch.



* LamePunReaction: Drives the Pirate King to order the Major-General's death.

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* LamePunReaction: Drives the Pirate King to order the Major-General's death.death at the end of the Major General's song.
--> "You said often frequently only once!"


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** The pirates, previously described as tender-hearted and unwilling to harm either an orphan or a weaker foe, find out that Stanley lied to them about being an orphan. [[NotSoHarmlessVillain The pirates begin an immediate crusade to straight up murder the liar.]]


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* OlderThanTheyThink: The policemen predate the KeystoneCops, but are clearly an influence on them.


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** Several productions also have "My Eyes Are Fully Open," and have the Pirate King pass out during the third verse.
16th Apr '17 12:48:07 AM ThallianGold
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* BerserkButton: The Pirate King is tired of people pretending to be orphans to manipulate him. This is a rare trope played absolutely straight in the show, and the pirate songs after they learn Major-General Stanley did so are entirely serious about wanting to kill him.
16th Apr '17 12:30:53 AM ThallianGold
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* InformedAttractiveness: Each of Stanley's daughters is described as surpassingly beautiful by Frederic, shortly after confessing to having never seen a woman other than Ruth. Mabel, the last daughter revealed, is of course the most beautiful as well.
** Savagely satirized with Ruth. The pirates struggle to convince Frederic to take her with him, with such lines as "there are the remains of a fine woman about Ruth," but it's clear neither Frederic nor the crew really find her attractive.
15th Apr '17 1:53:22 PM clam15
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'''Mabel''': Can't you cheer him up?

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'''Mabel''': [[LaymansTerms Can't you cheer him up?up?]]
13th Mar '17 3:47:07 PM Jeduthun
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Perhaps he's just posh, but the Major-General seems to often be played this way.

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Perhaps he's just posh, but the Major-General seems to often be played this way. On the other hand, he has enough daughters to fill an entire chorus, so who knows.
22nd Dec '16 6:02:01 PM Chariset
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''The Pirates of Penzance, or: The Slave of Duty'' is a famous and much-parodied (and itself redolent with parodies and lampshade-hanging) operetta by Creator/GilbertAndSullivan, and one of the most famous works of 19th century English drama. The eponymous slave to duty is Frederic, who was accidentally apprenticed to a pirate ship when he was a boy, and felt honour-bound to be the best pirate he could be -- but now he has come of age, and his period of apprenticeship is over, he feels honour-bound to round up a posse and wipe the pirates from the face of the earth. HilarityEnsues.

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''The Pirates of Penzance, or: The Slave of Duty'' is a famous and much-parodied (and itself redolent with parodies and lampshade-hanging) operetta by Creator/GilbertAndSullivan, and one of the most famous works of 19th century English drama. The eponymous slave to duty is Frederic, who was accidentally apprenticed to a pirate ship when he was a boy, and felt honour-bound to be the best pirate he could be -- but now he has come of age, and his period of apprenticeship is over, he feels honour-bound to round up a posse and wipe the pirates from the face of the earth. Due to a quibble, it turns out his apprenticeship hasn't quite run out after all. HilarityEnsues.
6th Jun '16 6:09:35 AM PaulA
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* GoYeHeroesGoAndDie: TropeNamer. Mabel's attempt at a rousing speech before the policemen set out to fight the pirates is all about how they'll be fondly remembered after the pirates kill them all. As the Sergeant replies,

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* GoYeHeroesGoAndDie: TropeNamer. Mabel's attempt at a rousing speech before the policemen set out to fight the pirates is all about how they'll be fondly remembered after the pirates kill them all. As the Sergeant replies,
6th Jun '16 4:02:34 AM radams
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* GoYeHeroesGoAndDie: Mabel's attempt at a rousing speech before the policemen set out to fight the pirates is all about how they'll be fondly remembered after the pirates kill them all. As the Sergeant replies,

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* GoYeHeroesGoAndDie: TropeNamer. Mabel's attempt at a rousing speech before the policemen set out to fight the pirates is all about how they'll be fondly remembered after the pirates kill them all. As the Sergeant replies,
30th May '16 6:22:10 PM snichols1973
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* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: [[ModernMajorGeneral Major-General Stanley]], especially when it comes to his renowned [[MajorGeneralSong "I am The Very Model of a Modern Major General"]] musical number.
24th May '16 7:32:28 PM PixelKnight
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* WithCatlikeTread: The Pirates sneak up on the General while singing, in chorus, ''forte'', with cymbals and drums, about [[LampshadeHanging how stealthy they're being]].

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* WithCatlikeTread: The Pirates sneak up on the General while singing, in chorus, ''forte'', ''fortississimo'', with cymbals and drums, about [[LampshadeHanging how stealthy they're being]].being]]. However, because the General never actually sees them, this is a subversion.
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