HMS Pinafore by Gilbert & Sullivan
1 May 2016
A satirical tale of forbidden love and shocking revelations of class and identity, HMS PINAFORE is one of the most enduringly popular of Gilbert and Sullivan’s great comic creations, with songs including ‘Little Buttercup’ and ‘He is an Englishman’.
Set aboard the ship HMS PINAFORE, the captain's daughter, Josephine, is in love with a lower-class sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, despite her father wanting her to marry Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the Admiralty. She abides by her father's wishes at first, but Sir Joseph's advocacy of the equality of humankind encourages Ralph and Josephine to overturn conventional social order. They declare their love for each other and eventually plan to elope. The captain discovers this plan, but, as in many of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, a surprise disclosure changes things dramatically near the end of the story.
George Henare as Sir Joseph Porter
Helen Medlyn as Buttercup
Tizane McEvoy as Josephine
Tainui Kuru as Ralph Rackstraw
Paul Barrett as Captain Corcoran
Directed by: Geraldine Brophy
ALL ABOARD HMS PINAFORE TO SAIL AROUND NEW ZEALAND!
Times are approx. and subject to change at any time.
Box office opens 1.5 hours prior to show
External doors open 1 hour before the show