History Theatre / ThePiratesOfPenzance

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.
29th May '17 2:11:58 AM Sonofstranger
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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: 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: 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 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.
21st May '17 11:24:58 AM nombretomado
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* EvolvingMusic: For the 1908 revival, Gilbert had the pirates being charged to yield "in good King Edward's name." Later productions have not followed suit, as [[VictorianBritain Victorian]] pirates are [[RuleOfFunny just funnier]].

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* EvolvingMusic: For the 1908 revival, Gilbert had the pirates being charged to yield "in good King Edward's name." Later productions have not followed suit, as [[VictorianBritain [[UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain Victorian]] pirates are [[RuleOfFunny just funnier]].



* VictorianBritain: With all our faults, we love [[UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria our Queen]].
16th May '17 6:36:07 PM PaulA
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* PatterSong: Several productions interpolate "My Eyes Are Fully Open" (originally from ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}''.

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* PatterSong: Several productions interpolate "My Eyes Are Fully Open" (originally from ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}''.''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}'').
16th May '17 6:35:51 PM PaulA
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** Several productions also have "My Eyes Are Fully Open," and have the Pirate King pass out during the third verse.


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* PatterSong: Several productions interpolate "My Eyes Are Fully Open" (originally from ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}''.
16th May '17 6:32:24 PM PaulA
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* OlderThanTheyThink: The policemen predate the KeystoneCops, but are clearly an influence on them.
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