CODA presents The Pirates of Penzance in Wandle Park! 26-28 July

 The Pirates of Penzance

by WS Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan

The Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association (“CODA”) are proud to present their fourth annual outdoor production in Croydon’s Wandle Park this summer – a boisterous new production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s much loved comic opera The Pirates of Penzance, from 26th to 29th July.

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The Pirates of Penzance runs from Wednesday 26th July to Saturday 29th July at the bandstand at Wandle Park, Croydon, with evening performances at 7:30pm and a matinee on Saturday 29 July at 2:30pm.

Tickets are £12 for adults and £11 for concessions, and may be booked by calling the CODA box office on 07858 879019, or online at

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The Pirates of Penzance is one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s best-known works and has been a firm audience favourite for more than a century.  After being mistakenly apprenticed to a band of not-so fearsome pirates, Frederick ventures out alone – and falls instantly in love with the delectable Mabel.  But when the father of his beloved Mabel tells a lie to escape the clutches of the pirates, both the Pirate King and Frederick’s very angry former nursery maid are out for revenge!

The show includes such classic songs as “I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General”, “A Policeman’s Lot Is Not A Happy One” and “Poor Wandering One”.  Suitable for all ages, this witty production is the ideal treat for a summer’s evening – with seating provided and a bar available.

The production is directed by Morven Rae and is musically directed by her husband Ian.  It stars Chris Madden as Frederick, Alessandra Ludlum as Mabel, Peter Calver as Major-General Stanley, Bob Wilson as the Pirate King, Vicky Watkins as Ruth and Michael Hall as the Sergeant of Police.

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More about CODA

CODA was founded in 1943, and is Croydon’s leading community theatre company, performing both musicals and plays to a highly professional standard.  In the last few years, CODA have performed acclaimed versions of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, West Side Story, The Railway Children, The Wind In The Willows, Witness For The Prosecution, All That Fosse and Rope, alongside concerts and Old Time Music Halls.  CODA’s previous summer productions of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance Of Being Earnest have all been performed in the round at Wandle Park’s bandstand, and have been so exceptionally well-attended and received that the company were delighted to be asked back to perform yet again.



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