The ‘Masters of Gilbert and Sullivan in small spaces’ Charles Court Opera will be presenting a fresh take on HMS Pinafore, the earliest enduring success of Gilbert and Sullivan’s famous collaboration which remains a firm favourite with audiences. It contains some of Sullivan’s sunniest music and tells the story of Josephine the Captain’s daughter and her love for a lowly sailor Ralph Rackstraw, despite being promised in marriage to the First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir Joseph Porter. Gilbert uses the strictly hierarchical society of life on board the HMS Pinafore to satirise the rigidity of the British Class system.
With many well – known songs including ‘I am the Monarch of the sea’ ‘I’m called little Buttercup’ and ‘He is an Englishman’. This brand new production promises an evening of rollicking choruses and tender tunes imbued with the unique wit and infectious energy of a CCO production to be enjoyed by all ages.