Opened 28 Nov 2013
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
HMS Pinafore premiered in 1878 at the Opera Comique in London, and became Gilbert and Sullivan's first smash hit, enjoying a successful run of 571 performances. Satirising the snobbery and hypocrisy of the English social system of its day. HMS Pinafore is a comic tale of love, class pretensions and mistaken identities. Questioning the integrity of the ruling elite and exposing the duplicitous motives of leaders of power, this comedy still has remarkable resonance today.
This reworking of the ever popular Gilbert and Sullivan favourite, which will not disappoint traditionalists, features six extra songs written by Sir Joseph's American young nephew, Cole ('Night and Day', 'Begin the Beguine' and 'Anything Goes' amongst others) Porter, and is an all tapping, all tango-ing spectacular. Plus there's a game of bingo for the audience and the crew in the interval!!