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H.M.S. Pinafore

or The Lass That Loved a Sailor
Libretto by William S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan

Gilbert and Sullivan’s rollicking romp through naval life, class distinctions, and melodramatic villainy has entertained millions since its London premiere. Where else can one find a First Lord of the Admiralty who had never seen a ship, or a seafaring captain who gets seasick, or a nursemaid who can’t tell one baby from another? Josephine, the Captain’s daughter, is in love with able seaman Ralph Rackstraw. But her father has other plans for her: an advantageous union with the exalted Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B. When the young couple’s elopement is thwarted by cantankerous seaman Dick Deadeye, it remains for Little Buttercup to confess that her baby farming techniques had left something to be desired … a many years ago. Never mind the why and wherefore—to list the catchy tunes in Pinafore is to cite the entire musical score.


June 29, July 5, 7, 11, 13, 22, 25, 28

2023 HMS Pinafore show art