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Did You Know

  • Our 55th production and the sixth time we had produced "HMS Pinafore".

    As on all but one of the previous productions, this was a double bill with Trial By Jury.

    Take a look at our previous productions of "HMS Pinafore".

    2015 2003 1993 1984 1974 1966

  • H.M.S. Pinafore; or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor first 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. H.M.S. Pinafore was Gilbert and Sullivan's fourth operatic collaboration and their first international sensation.
  • From The Story of HMS Pinafore (W.S. Gilbert).

    Little Buttercup
    "Little Buttercup"

    Her real name was Poll Pineapple, but the crew nick-named her "Little Buttercup, "partly because it is a pretty name, but principally because she was not at all like a buttercup."

HMS Pinafore (2003)

Producer/Director : Graham Weston
Musical Director : Ian Abbott
(Steve Mellor 12th April)


The Rt Hon Sir Joseph Porter, KCB:Robert Thurman
Captain Corcoran :
(Commanding HMS Pinafore):
David Hall
Ralph Rackstraw :
(Able Seaman)
Paul Wilson
Dick Deadeye:
(Able Seaman)
Malcolm Parkinson
Bill Bobstay:
(Boatswain's Mate)
John Foster
Bob Beckett :
(Carpenter's Mate)
Keith Horner
Josephine :
The Captain's Daughter)
Carol Parkinson
Cousin Hebe:
(Sir Joseph's First Cousin)
Stephanie Roe
Mrs Cripps :
(Little Buttercup)
Pamela Thorne
Marine: Adrian Hook
CHORUS (First Lord's Sisters, his Cousins and his Aunts):

Sopranos: Lyndsey Hanson, Margaret Hanson, Natalie Hanson Samantha Jones, Kirsty Lees, Rachel Quayle, Sue Ralph, Caroline Roberts
Contraltos: Tracey Barker, Emily Berry, Sally Roberts, Debbie Stringer, Kathryn Thurman.

CHORUS (Sailors):

Tenors: John Berry, David Hirst, Stephen Roe, Ian Townend,
Bass/Baritone: Ian Castle, Paul Child, Tony Johnson, Andrew Stopford.

"Pinafore" in pictures