Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mike Leigh makes his operatic directorial debut with Gilbert and Sullivan's much-loved comic masterpiece. Having been mistakenly apprenticed to a band of soft-hearted Cornish pirates, Frederic is released at the age of 21. He soon meets and falls for the lovely Mabel, daughter of Major-General Stanley. But the Pirate King subsequently realises that Frederic technically has another 63 years to serve! 'The Pirates of Penzance' is one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular comic operas. Among its wonderful musical numbers are 'A Policeman's Lot is Not a Happy One' and 'I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General'. Seven times Oscar-nominated director Mike Leigh has always been a huge Gilbert and Sullivan fan - in fact, his 1999 film 'Topsy-Turvy' explored their working relationship. Now Leigh joins the likes of Terry Gilliam and Mike Figgis in the impressive list of filmmakers who have been lured to tackle opera at the London Coliseum.