HMS Pinafore

HMS Pinafore

HMS Pinafore is a comic operetta that follows the tale of the Captain's daughter 'Josephine' who is torn between her love for a lowly sailor and her duty to marry a man of high esteem. Set on a moored ship in Portsmouth, the operetta uses the classic tale of forbidden love to lampoon the notion of social class.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera HMS Pinafore is a hilarious story about the conflict between true love and expected duty, set aboard a ship moored in Portsmouth. Josephine, the daughter of the very traditional Captain Corcoran, falls for lowly sailor Ralph Rackstraw, and is torn between him and her father’s plans for her to marry Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the Admiralty.

Many of the meddlesome sisters, cousins and aunts aboard the ship, along with the hapless sailors, hope for a successful partnership for Josephine and Ralph, but their plans to elope are revealed by the dastardly Dick Deadeye. A confrontation between Corcoran, Josephine and Ralph ends in surprising happiness as local woman Buttercup reveals that Corcoran and Ralph were swapped at birth. Ralph is promoted to Captain, and three sets of lovers are united in a joyous and patriotic finale.

Content Warning: Brief mention of suicide / Use of firearms and weapons


£12 Standard  

£9 Concession

£7 DST Members

This event takes place at the Sir Thomas Allen Assembly Rooms Theatre

Doors will open at 7pm, matinee at 2pm

The Show will start at 7.30pm and finish approximately at 9.30pm including the 20-minute interval. Saturday matinee from 2.30 to 4.40pm.

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