The Pirate Queen

Musical

Writers: Alain Boublil Claude-Michel Schönberg Richard Maltby, Jr. John Dempsey

Overview

Show Information

Category
Musical
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
2006
Genres
Drama, Historical/Biographical
Settings
Period, Multiple Settings, Spectacle
Time & Place
Ireland, 1550s, 1560s, England, Irish Sea, London
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
Heavy
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Star Vehicle Female, Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes late teen, young adult, adult, mature adult, child characters

Synopsis

Based on the story of Grace O’Malley, the personification of Ireland, The Pirate Queen is a sweeping epic of love, honor, and piracy in Renaissance Ireland. Grace O’Malley is the heir to the O’Malley clan, and proves herself worthy through her bravery on the seas and skill in swordplay. In a time when women were expected to learn skills to make a good wife in the homestead, Grace defies her father and earns the title “The Pirate Queen,” inspiring men and women alike to follow her. When the English begin to attack and subjugate Ireland, only Grace has the strength and intelligence to negotiate peace with the powerful Queen Elizabeth I. With a score by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil, steeped in Irish traditions and powerful ballads, The Pirate Queen is both timeless history and epic romance for the stage.

Lead Characters