Pirates get real in Cornwall

Cornwall has reinvigorated its tourist trade with a cliff-top staging of the Pirates of Penzance and a unique botanical wonderland called Eden, the world's biggest conservatory, writes Don Mac Auley.

7th July, 2005

The Pirates of Penzance, with ruddy faces and glinting cutlasses, raise a sherry toast to their unruly graduate andwish himwell on his merry course.

But as the Pirate King bristles into song a seagull swoops onto his tricorn hat, reminding the audience that this is the coast of Cornwall and the backdrop is real.

We are perched in a handhewn theatre, a hundred feet above crashing waves while mercenary gulls dive to steal the show...

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