Theater

The Zombies of Penzance

When: Mon., Jan. 8, 8 p.m. 2018

Gilbert and Sullivan's The Zombies of Penzance, or At Night Come the Flesh Eaters, never made it to stage during the duo's lifetimes. The musical was rejected by their publisher, and they reluctantly rewrote it as The Pirates of Penzance, while the original was lost to history. But New Line Theatre's Scott Miller has found it, or at least its fragments, and intends to mount a full production in October 2018, with composer John Gerdes reconstructing the score. The plot is close to that of its more famous rewrite, but here Major-General Stanley is a retired zombie hunter who hates the walking dead and refuses to allow his daughters to marry any of the Zombie King's decaying followers. New Line Theatre provides a sneak preview at a free public reading of the play. It takes place at 8 p.m. Monday, January 8, at the Marcelle Theater (3310 Samuel Shepard Drive; www.newlinetheatre.com).

Paul Friswold

Price: free admission

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