HMS Pinafore

HMS Pinafore

Directed by Sue Hurrell
Musical Director Robin Stopford

H.M.S. Pinafore: or The Lass That Loved a Sailor is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and a libretto by W. S. Gilbert. It opened at the Opera Comique in London, on 25 May 1878 and ran for 571 performances, which was the second-longest run of any musical theatre piece up to that time.

On the British ship H.M.S. Pinafore, the captain’s daughter, Josephine, is in love with lower-class sailor Ralph, although her father intends her to marry Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the Admiralty. She abides by her father’s wishes at first, but Sir Joseph’s advocacy of the equality of humankind encourages Ralph and Josephine to overturn conventional social order. They declare their love for each other and eventually plan to elope. The captain discovers this plan, but, as in many of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, a surprise disclosure changes things dramatically near the end of the story….


The Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Porter, KCB, First Lord of the Admiralty Carl Donohue
Captain Corcoran, Commander of H.M.S. Pinafore David Twizell
Ralph Rackstraw, Able Seaman Peter Bowden
Dick Deadeye, Able Seaman Philip Walsh
Bill Bobstay, Boatswain’s Mate Michael Stott
Bob Becket, Carpenter’s Mate Martin Cassell
Josephine, The Captain’s Daughter Amy Hardy
Cousin Hebe, Sir Joseph’s First Cousin Angela Lee
Mrs. Cripps (Little Buttercup), A Portsmouth Bumboat Woman Debbie Brotherton
Plus a 15 piece orchestra
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Wed-Sat 9th - 12th March 2022
Main Auditorium
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