Bailiff Bridge man to take the lead in The Pirates of Penzance in Halifax

The Pirates of Penzance
The Pirates of Penzance

Taking the lead in Halifax Light Opera Society’s production of the Broadway version of “The Pirates of Penzance” is Ashley Davis of Bailiff Bridge.

Ashley plays the Pirate King in an irreverent take on the Gilbert and Sullivan favourite at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, from November 13 to 16, including a Saturday matinee. Among the cast will be his wife Pippa, who plays Kate. Both have appeared together in the society’s recent shows, with Ashley playing the lead in “Me and My Girl” two years ago.

The Broadway version of “Pirates” provided a breakthrough performance in Manchester for Michael Ball, where Paul Nicholas played the Pirate King, a role for which Kevin Kline won awards on Broadway.

Ready to buckle their swash are leading members of the cast of Halifax Light Opera Society’s production of the Broadway version of “The Pirates of Penzance” (back row, from the left) Peter McDonnell (Sergeant of Police), Rachel Rogers (Edith), Laura Crowther (Mabel), Sue Morris (Ruth), Pippa Davis (Kate), Adele Hill (Isabel), Steve Convey (Major-General). Front (from the left) Steven Greenwood (Sam), Richard Armstrong (Frederic) and Ashley Davis (Pirate King).