Gilbert & Sullivan Society of SA
The Arts Theatre


Written By: WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Directed By: Barry Hill

HMS Pinafore is one of the gems of the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire. A send-up of the British class system it pokes good-natured fun at patriotism, party politics, the Royal Navy, and the rise of unqualified people to positions of authority (a theme that is still relevant in politics today).

Aboard the ship HMS Pinafore, Josephine, the captain’s daughter is in love with a lower-class sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, although she is destined to marry Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the Admiralty.
Ralph and Josephine declare their love for each other and plan to elope. However, Captain Corcoran discovers this plan, and (as in many Gilbert and Sullivan operas) a reversal of fortune turns everyone’s plans upside down in a surprise ending.

Featuring G&S standards ‘When I was a lad’ and ‘For he is an Englishman’, well known Adelaide Director Barry Hill’s production adds a new comedic dimension to this much-loved opera. As Little Buttercup says, ‘Things are seldom what they seem’ so be prepared for a night of love, laughs and song from the company that brought you A Little Night Music and The Phantom of the Opera.

Approx. Running Time: 120 Minutes
Suitable for ages: All ages

Performance Dates:
Wednesday 1 May, 7.30pm.
Thursday 2 May, 7.30pm.
Friday 3 May, 7.30pm.
Satrurday 4 May, 1.30pm & 7.30pm

The Arts Theatre,
53 Angas Street, Adelaide

Phone 8447 7239

Adult $36
Concession – pension/senior $30
Full-time unemployed $25
Tertiary Student $25
School Age $15
Group (10+) $30ea