The masters of G&S in small space present their fresh take on HMS Pinafore, the earliest enduring success of Gilbert & Sullivan’s famous collaboration, which remains a firm favourite with audiences.
It contains some of Sullivan’s sunniest music and tells the story of Josephine, the Captain’s daughter, and her love for a lowly sailor Ralph Rackstraw, despite being promised in marriage to the First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir Joseph Porter.
Gilbert uses the strictly hierarchical society of life on board HMS Pinafore to satirise the rigidity of the British Class system.
With many well-known songs including, I’m called little Buttercup and He is an Englishman, this brand new production promises an evening of rollicking choruses and tender tunes imbued with the unique wit and infectious energy of a Charles Court Opera production to be enjoyed by all ages. It is directed by John Savournin, who recently directed Trial by Jury for Opera North, musically directed by CCO stalwart David Eaton, and features G&S veteran Joseph Shovelton as Sir Joseph.