Mora photograph of Fred Clifton as the Sergeant of Police in the original 1879 authorized production of "The Pirates of Penzance" at the Fifth Avenue Theater in New York.

Mora photograph of Fred Clifton as the Sergeant of Police in the original 1879 authorized production of "The Pirates of Penzance" at the Fifth Avenue Theater in New York.

Barraud photo of Rutland Barrington as the Sergeant of Police in the original London production of "The Pirates of Penzance" in 1880.

Barraud photo of Rutland Barrington as the Sergeant of Police in the original London production of "The Pirates of Penzance" in 1880.

Mora photograph of Fred Clifton as the Sergeant of Police in the original 1879 authorized production of "The Pirates of Penzance" at the Fifth Avenue Theater in New York.

Mora photograph of Fred Clifton as the Sergeant of Police in the original 1879 authorized production of "The Pirates of Penzance" at the Fifth Avenue Theater in New York.

Cabinet photograph of Bessie Armytage as Ruth in a DOC touring production of "The Pirates of Penzance" in 1882. Photo by Edwards & Simonton, Dublin. Inscribed “Ruth Pirates of Penzance” to bottom of front mount and “Yours faithfully Bessie Armytage” to reverse.

Cabinet photograph of Bessie Armytage as Ruth in a DOC touring production of "The Pirates of Penzance" in 1882. Photo by Edwards & Simonton, Dublin. Inscribed “Ruth Pirates of Penzance” to bottom of front mount and “Yours faithfully Bessie Armytage” to reverse.

Photo postcard of an unidentified actor as Ruth in an unauthorized 1911 production…

Photo postcard of an unidentified actor as Ruth in an unauthorized 1911 production…

Photograph of (from top left across rows) Edward Percy as Major-General Stanley, Stephen Adeson as the Pirate King, William Pickering as Samuel, Harry Trebbutt as Frederic, Charles Adeson as the Sergeant of Police, Elsie Joel as Mabel and Georgie Esmond as Ruth in "The Children's Pirates of Penzance," cast of the 1884 "Pirates of Penzance" revival performed by children at the Savoy Theater.

Photograph of (from top left across rows) Edward Percy as Major-General Stanley, Stephen Adeson as the Pirate King, William Pickering as Samuel, Harry Trebbutt as Frederic, Charles Adeson as the Sergeant of Police, Elsie Joel as Mabel and Georgie Esmond as Ruth in "The Children's Pirates of Penzance," cast of the 1884 "Pirates of Penzance" revival performed by children at the Savoy Theater.

Rutland Barrington as the Sergeant of Police in the original London production of "The Pirates of Penzance" in 1880.

Rutland Barrington as the Sergeant of Police in the original London production of "The Pirates of Penzance" in 1880.

Jones Hewson as the Pirate King in the 1900 DOC revival of "The Pirates of Penzance" at the Savoy Theatre.

Jones Hewson as the Pirate King in the 1900 DOC revival of "The Pirates of Penzance" at the Savoy Theatre.

Photo postcard of a female actor as the Pirate King in an unauthorized 1911 production of "The Pirates of Penzance," possible at an unidentified all-girls school. Dated 1911 on the back.

Photo postcard of a female actor as the Pirate King in an unauthorized 1911 production of "The Pirates of Penzance," possible at an unidentified all-girls school. Dated 1911 on the back.

Torquay Operatic Society (amateur), "The Pirates of Penzance," 1906, Reg Reed and the Sergeant of Police and F. Edwards as Mabel, costume design heavily influenced by the costumes of the original DOC production and subsequent early DOC tours.

Torquay Operatic Society (amateur), "The Pirates of Penzance," 1906, Reg Reed and the Sergeant of Police and F. Edwards as Mabel, costume design heavily influenced by the costumes of the original DOC production and subsequent early DOC tours.

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