History Theatre / ThePiratesOfPenzance

15th Oct '17 8:00:23 PM Sylderon
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* WeirdTradeUnion: Apparently, one can be apprenticed to a pirate, just like the old trade guilds.
22nd Jul '17 10:29:40 PM ThallianGold
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** They're his ancestors. [[MathematiciansAnswer He bought them, they're his now.]]
19th Jul '17 2:52:33 PM LentilSandEater
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* DrinkOrder: Apparently for reasons of scansion, these pirates prefer sherry to the more obvious rum.
** Makes more sense when you find out they are actually noblemen.

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* DrinkOrder: Apparently for reasons of scansion, Due to their unusual origins, these pirates prefer sherry to the more obvious rum.
** Makes more sense when you find out they are actually noblemen.
rum.
4th Jul '17 10:51:16 PM PaulA
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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.
** The daughters are stated to be wards in chancery though so they aren't actually his biological daughters.

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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 His enormous number of daughters to fill an entire chorus, so who knows.
** The daughters
doesn't prove anything, as they are stated to be wards in chancery though so they aren't actually chancery, not his biological daughters.
4th Jul '17 9:59:33 PM Adeon
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** The daughters are stated to be wards in chancery though so they aren't actually his biological daughters.
24th Jun '17 12:51:57 AM CaptainPedant
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** In some productions the Major-General encores this verse but changes the words to "rode a horse" so at least people know what he meant.



** No, only once!



** A 1990s production by amateur company ''The Young Savoyards'' had the policemen hiding in the front row of the audience.



* TwoWordsAddedEmphasis: Directors love to have fun with this bit. In some productions, the 'two words' ("We propose to marry your daughters.") are delivered as two words each by three different pirates. Another production has it rendered as "We propose-to-marry-your-daughters" (with the pirate counting the words on his fingers, and being surprised when he reaches six (or seven, with "daugh" and "ters" as seperate words)). Others have a pirate deliver the first two, "We propose," and have the Major-General be confused or offended that he's being proposed to before the sentence continues.

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* TwoWordsAddedEmphasis: Directors love to have fun with this bit. In some productions, the 'two words' ("We propose to marry your daughters.") are delivered as two words each by three different pirates. Another production has it rendered as "We propose-to-marry-your-daughters" (with the pirate counting the words on his fingers, and being surprised when he reaches six (or seven, with "daugh" and "ters" as seperate separate words)). Others have a pirate deliver the first two, "We propose," and have the Major-General be confused or offended that he's being proposed to before the sentence continues.
24th Jun '17 12:41:48 AM CaptainPedant
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** Makes more sense when you find out they are actually noblemen.
24th Jun '17 12:39:10 AM CaptainPedant
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** In some productions the Major-General encores this verse but changes the words to "rode a horse" so at least people know what he meant.
18th Jun '17 7:52:32 PM HilBethJay
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: A major plot point. The titular Pirates of Penzance are highly infamous and feared pirates, but it is also well-known that they, being orphans, would never kill an orphan. This weakness has been manipulated by many would-be victims, such as three whole ships and the Major General. The Pirate King really isn't able to tell if anyone is lying about it, since he trusts that all of his victims would be honest about it.
--> Frederic: "One would think that Great Britain's mercantile navy was recruited solely from her orphan asylums which we know is not the case."
29th May '17 3:38:27 AM PaulA
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* GoYeHeroesGoAndDie: The 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: The 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,



* ModernMajorGeneral: The TropeNamer. Major General Stanley, who introduces himself with a long-winded song listing all of the things he knows, eventually summing up with a long verse about his complete and utter lack of military knowledge.

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* ModernMajorGeneral: The TropeNamer. Major General Stanley, who introduces himself with a long-winded song listing all of the things he knows, eventually summing up with a long verse about his complete and utter lack of military knowledge.



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

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