Welcome aboard the H.M.S. Pinafore, where love and secrecy is bubbling around every corner! The British ‘saucy beauty’ of a warship is awaiting the arrival of Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B., ‘First Lord of the Admiralty’ to discuss his engagement to Josephine, Captain Corcoran’s daughter. Meanwhile the lovestruck sailor, Ralph, declares his own affections for Josephine only to be harshly reminded by Dick Deadeye that deckhands don’t get to marry Captain’s daughters! Unbeknownst to all, Josephine is also harbouring secret affections for Ralph and is reluctant to the idea of marrying Sir Joseph. The two star-crossed lovers confess their feelings for one another, but will they be able to elope as they intend to? How will the Captain feel about this turn of events? And who exactly is Little Buttercup and what information is she hiding?
Just a year after the premiere of ‘The Sorcerer’, Gilbert and Sullivan came back with their fourth collaboration in the form of ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ in 1878, which would then be followed by ‘The Pirates of Penzance’. With its satirical look at social class divisions and witty jokes on gentlemanly behaviour, ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ enjoyed a thoroughly positive response, both at home and internationally, and become the second longest running opera at the time with 571 performances.
Our society has performed ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ just twice since 1985. To see the full page for the year you’re interested in, click on the relevant image below. To view the image galleries, head over to our Main Show page.
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