TWO classic operas by Gilbert and Sullivan are coming to the big screen this summer.

Plaza Cinema in Dorchester will be showing The Pirates of Penzance on June 18, followed by The Mikado on July 2. Both performances are produced by the English National Opera.

Directed by Mike Leigh, The Pirates of Penzance follows the story of pirate apprentice Frederi and his love for Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley.

Jonathan Miller's production of The Mikado is a humourous song-and-dance take on the classic, with the drama moved from a Japanese town to the seedy grandeur of a 1930s English hotel. Full of high-kicking chorus lines, satirical touches and a wonderfully elegant score, the opera tells the tale of Nanki-Poo and his love for Yum Yum. The only snag is that she is betrothed to Ko-Ko, the new Lord High Executioner.

Stuart Murphy, CEO of English National Opera said: “We are delighted audiences will be able to revisit these classic opera productions in cinemas nationwide. It is central to our philosophy to bring opera to everyone, wherever they live and whatever their financial background."

Both screenings will begin at 7.30pm. Tickets can be bought online from the Plaza's website, or by contacting the box office.