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Did You Know

  • From Gilbert's Bab Ballads: Bab Ballads, The Englishman
    "The Englishman"
  • Our 67th production and the seventh time we've produced "HMS Pinafore". As on all but one of the the previous productions, this was a double bill with "Trial by Jury".

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

  • 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.
  • In 1945, George S. Kaufman adopted HMS Pinafore to produce "Hollywood Pinafore" (with a secondary title of The Lad Who Loved a Salary). The adaptation transplants the maritime satire of the original Pinafore to a satire of the glamorous world of 1940s Hollywood film making, but Sullivan's score is retained with minor adaptations. It includes numbers such as "Little Butter-Up, "An Agent's Lot is Not a Happy One" and "I'm a Big Director at Pinafore".
Trial By Jury/HMS Pinafore programme cover (2015)

Producer/Director : Stephanie Roe
Musical Director : Nicholas Whitaker


The Rt Hon Sir Joseph Porter, KCB: Robert Thurman
Captain Corcoran
(Commanding HMS Pinafore)
David Parker
Ralph Rackstraw (Able Seaman): Leon Waksberg
Dick Deadeye (Able Seaman): Richard Buxton
Bill Bobstay (Boatswain's Mate): David Hall
Josephine (The Captain's Daughter): Anna Trent
Cousin Hebe (Sir Joseph's First Cousin): Rebekah Barker
Mrs Cripps (a Portsmouth Bumboat Woman): Stephanie Roe
First Lord's Sisters, his Cousins, his Aunts, and Sailors

Liz Blount, Stephen Briggs, Alison Burton, Helen Carbutt, Clive Daniel, Jennifer Day, Lyndsey Hall, AJ Jno-Baptiste, Rita Jno-Baptiste, Tony Johnson, Roger Middleton, Debbie Moores, Martina O'Rourke, Deirdre O'Shea, Eoin O'Shea, Carol Parkinson, Catherine Roberts, Kathryn Thurman

"HMS Pinafore" in pictures