For ill-defined reasons, pirates have been unfairly stigmatized as bloodthirsty cutthroats, when in fact they only navigated the seas in order to rescue baby parrots stranded on desert islands. Discover the piratical truth with today’s Groupon: for $6, you get admission to the show The Gentleman Pirate (a $12 value) and access to the museum (a $3 value) at The Powder Magazine, located downtown on Cumberland Street.
Since its completion in 1713, The Powder Magazine has served as a storage shed for gunpowder, a stable, a wine shop, a print shop, and finally a museum, now dedicated to Charleston's colonial history. The talented Rodney Rogers delights the Magazine's guests for 40 minutes every Saturday by impersonating Stede Bonnet, otherwise known as The Gentleman Pirate, with a program of charming, historically accurate accounts of prominent Carolina pirates. In addition to the show, patrons can make deeply emotional connections with each brick in The Powder Magazine’s 300-year-old, three-foot-thick walls, and enjoy a 10% discount on all items purchased in the museum shop.
Now a National Historic Landmark, The Powder Magazine is one of the oldest attractions in the state and serves a thoroughly educational, as well as entertaining, purpose. The theater within the Magazine seats up to 45 guests, and performances of The Gentleman Pirate are scheduled every Saturday at 3:30 p.m. With today’s deal, you and your family can learn about the exciting history of pirates and find out about the ecological forces putting them in danger of extinction. Call ahead to reserve your seat.
Not valid during Spoleto Festival shows.
The Gentleman Pirate was featured in the Charleston City Paper and its lead actor, Rodney Lee Rogers, was featured in the Post and Courier. The Powder Magazine also has a four-star average from three reviewers on TripAdvisor:
- [Rogers] is a charming rogue who chides his audience with clever, self-deprecating asides. He is an historian and engaging autobiographical raconteur who relates his story with brevity and wit. And, most particularly, Rogers makes him a window into the golden age of West Indies seafaring naughtiness. – Jon Santiago, Charleston City Paper