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The Corporate Pirate Of Penzance

by Bernard J Taylor


"The show is brilliant and hysterically funny"
Rebecca Greenstein, Head of Opera Moderne, New York
'The Corporate Pirate Of Penzance' - a musical by Bernard J Taylor

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The Corporate Pirate of Penzance is a highly entertaining modern approach to Gilbert and Sullivan. It incorporates many of the usual narrative elements of a Gilbert and Sullivan story - love across the social barriers, people not being who they seem to be, etc - and weaves them into a more modern story of a corporate mogul (a Franchise King also known as the Corporate Pirate of Penzance) who is hoping his daughter will marry into the British aristocracy, and a penniless young poet who falls in love with the daughter.

It uses some of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular and well known songs from The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, Iolanthe, Trial by Jury and The Gondoliers, mixing the songs of Sir Arthur Sullivan and the words of W.S. Gilbert with lyrics that reflect the modernized narrative. For example, 'The Very Model of a Modern Major-General' now becomes 'The Very Model of a Modern Intellectual', while 'A Policeman's Lot is Not a Happy One' becomes 'An Accountant's Life is Not a Lot of Fun'.

Updated versions of familiar characters from the traditional shows are there, including the cowardly police force from The Pirates of Penzance, as well as Josephine, Ralph and Little Buttercup from HMS Pinafore.

The libretto has received high praise from the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in London, Ohio Light Opera and others. There are some 'in jokes' for those who are familiar with Gilbert and Sullivan, but overall the show has enough humour and familiar melodies to be enjoyed even by those who are not particularly familiar with their works.


Principals (5m, 2f, 1m/f)
  Jack Pointless - the Narrator
  Josephine - daughter of the Pieman of Penzance
  Ralph - a penniless orphan poet and minstrel
  The Pieman of Penzance - also known as The Franchise King
  Little Buttercup - a mysterious person with a dark secret
  Lord Bodmin - an hereditary Peer of the Realm
  Percy - Lord Bodmin's son (or is he...?)
  Sergeant of the Police (m/f)
Support (3m, 6f plus chorus)
  Three Accountants
  Three Secretaries (hot and sexy girls)
  Three female Ballet Dancers dressed as Cygnets
  Policemen/Policewomen and General Chorus


  1) I Have A Tale To Tell You
(adapted from 'Yeoman of the Guard')
Pointless & Chorus
  2) A Magnificent Portfolio
(adapted from 'HMS Pinafore')
Pointless & Chorus
  3) The Franchise King
(adapted from 'The Pirates Of Penzance')
Pieman & Chorus (with Accountants & Secretaries)
  4) An Accountant's Life Is Not A Lot Of Fun
(adapted from 'The Pirates Of Penzance')
Accountants & Chorus
  5) Three Hot And Sexy Girls Are We
(adapted from 'The Mikado')
Secretaries, Cygnets & Chorus (with Pointless & Pieman)
  6) Pale Moon, Where Is My True Love?
(adapted from 'HMS Pinafore')
  7) The Very Model Of A Modern Intellectual
(adapted from 'The Pirates Of Penzance')
Percy & Chorus
  8) A Dreamy Poet I
(adapted from 'The Mikado' and 'The Gondoliers')
  9) I Am Called Little Buttercup
(adapted from 'HMS Pinafore')
Buttercup & Chorus
10) Noblesse Oblige
(adapted from 'HMS Pinafore')
Bodmin & Chorus
11) The Importance Of Ancestry
(adapted from 'HMS Pinafore')
Bodmin & Chorus (with Pieman)
12) The Fawning Pieman
(adapted from 'HMS Pinafore')
Pointless & Chorus
13) Willow
(adapted from 'The Mikado')
14) Dear Lonely Boy
(adapted from 'The Pirates Of Penzance')
Josephine & Chorus (with Ralph)
~~ Interval ~~  
15) Act Two Opener
(adapted from 'HMS Pinafore')
Josephine, Ralph & Chorus
16) When There's Villainy In The Air
(adapted from 'The Pirates Of Penzance')
Sergeant, Police, Josephine & Chorus
17) Nightmare
(adapted from 'Iolanthe')
18) Advice On Love
(adapted from 'Iolanthe')
Ralph & Chorus
19) When There's Villainy In The Air, Reprise 1

20) Things Are Seldom As They Seem
(adapted from 'HMS Pinafore')
Buttercup & Ralph
21) Cliches Can Be Profound
(adapted from 'Iolanthe')
Ralph & Chorus
22) I Am An Englishman
(adapted from 'HMS Pinafore')
Josephine, Ralph & Chorus
23) Confessions Of A Night Nurse
(adapted from 'Trial By Jury')
Buttercup & Chorus
24) Madam
(adapted from 'Iolanthe')
Percy, Josephine, Buttercup & Chorus
25) When There's Villainy In The Air, Reprise 1a

26) When There's Villainy In The Air, Reprise 2

27 Love Conquers All
(adapted from 'HMS Pinafore')

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Perusal Set
These are available for customers in European Union countries only to borrow free of charge (but you have to pay the postage to return the set to us). The set contains ...
  • Printed Libretto
  • Printed Piano/Vocal Score
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Libretti/Vocal Scores

Available to purchase in this form ...

  • Rehearsal Master Set on a Data CD (Cast). This contains the script and piano vocal score for your cast and crew provided as A4 pdf files. No problem about possible loss of deposit, as they are yours to print out and mark up as required. The price includes a multiple copying licence allowing you to copy the Data CD itself (enabling you to give or sell copies to your cast for them to make up their own rehearsal books) or to make multiple prints of the pdf's on the Data CD for your production company to organise and provide to your cast or crew.

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Backing Tracks
For use in support of your rehearsal pianist.
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Royalties for this title are 'variable fee, post paid', and will be calculated on a percentage of your box office income once your production has finished. See our pricing policy for details. We work on a quotation system for royalties, based on information you supply to us. Complete a printed application form or create account with us, and use the online version.
Video Licence
We have secured the rights to video productions of this title from the Author, and we manage them on his behalf. Once a 'Licence To Perform' has been granted, and then on payment of a fee, we will be able to issue a 'Licence To Record'. There are some strings attached to this, but these are far outweighed by the benefits.
  • Record one or more live performances and mix down to a single video
  • Give or sell copies to your cast and crew
  • Sell copies to your audiences (take advance bookings on the night)


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