WEST Wirral Musical Society stage Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera The Pirates of Penzance next month.

Directed by Barry Prescott, it will take place at Westbourne Hall in Westbourne Road, West Kirby from Wednesday October 10 to Saturday, October 13.

It is the tale of Frederic, a pirate's apprentice, who falls head-over-heels in love with Mabel, daughter of Major-General Stanley.

Frederic is due to be released from his apprenticeship on his 21st birthday, but there's a snag.

Born on 29 February, Frederic discovers that he is technically still a youngster. Although very much in love, his dedication to duty is unshakeable.

Can he find a way to live happily-ever-after with Mabel?

Performances start are 7.30pm.

There is also 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday, which will feature a competition to find the best children’s pirate costume.

Tickets from 678 2520 or 342 2393.