The Pirates of Penzance

Universal Press Department
January 5, 1983


George Rose, who made his debut in a Gilbert and Sullivan role when he played the Major-General in the Broadway production, now repeats the role for the movie.

He was last seen on Broadway as Captain Hook to Sandy Duncan's Peter Pan, and immediately prior to that he played with Rex Harrison and Claudette Colbert in The Kingfisher (a performance that won him a Drama Desk Award).

He performed for eight years in classical repertory with the Old Vic and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and appeared in a number of commercial successes in London's West End, including The Visit with the Lunts, The Apple Cart with Noel Coward, and The Chalk Garden with Dame Edith Evans.

In 1961 he was on Broadway with Paul Scofield in A Man For All Seasons, and has since been seen in Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Sleuth, and the musicals Walking Happy, She Loves Me and Canterbury Tales, among others.

He received a Tony nomination for his performance opposite Katharine Hepburn in Coco and again for his work in My Fat Friend. For his Alfred P. Doolittle in the twentieth-anniversary revival of My Fair Lady, he won a Tony as Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.

Edward R. Pressman presents A Joseph Papp Production, "The Pirates Of Penzance," starring Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury, Linda Ronstadt, George Rose and Rex Smith. It is directed and has a screenplay by Wilford Leach, and Joseph Papp is the producer. A Universal Release, the executive producer is Edward R. Pressman, and the co-producer is Timothy Burrill.

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