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Pirates drop anchor in Basingstoke for Mayor's charity show

News release 10112, published on 11 Feb 2022
Residents are invited to join the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane, Cllr Onnalee Cubitt for a spectacular one-off evening performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘The Pirates of Penzance’.

The show, which will take place on Saturday 5 March from 7.30pm at The Anvil, will be performed by Basingstoke Amateur Operatic Society in celebration of their centenary year.

Featuring much-loved songs such as ‘A Policeman’s Lot is Not a Happy One’, ‘I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General’ and ‘Poor Wandering One’, the semi-staged production follows the hilariously incompetent pirates, a Major-General promoted way above his abilities and his bevy of beautiful daughters.

Proceeds from the show will go to the Mayor’s Charity Appeal supporting The Community Furniture Project and the Friends of St Michael’s Hospice.

Mayor Cllr Onnalee Cubitt said: “I am looking forward to a wonderful evening and hope to welcome as many residents as possible to watch this fantastic performance.

"It will be a great opportunity to support the borough’s arts community and celebrate the talented Basingstoke Amateur Operatic Society’s hundredth year.

"With proceeds going to my Charity Appeal, you will also be supporting two wonderful local charities.”

Tickets for the show are £20 for adults, £16 for over-65s and full-time students, and £13 for under-16s and can be booked at the Anvil Box Office by calling 01256 844244 or by visiting

Find out about the Mayor’s Charity Appeal at

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