All-male HMS Pinafore sails in to York on the crest of a wave

Captain Corcoran dives in to this production of HMS Pinafore. Photographs: Francis Loney
27 Apr 2016 @ 10.46 am
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Gilbert and Sullivan’s first blockbuster sails into the Grand Opera House next week – with an award-winning company at the helm.

HMS Pinafore

Grand Opera House, York

Thu May 5-Sat May 7 2016 @ 7.30pm; Sat matinee @ 2.30pm


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HMS Pinafore arrives on the crest of a wave from Regan De Wynter Williams Productions, the team behind the acclaimed all-male productions of The Pirates Of Penzance, Iolanthe and Patience.

In an innovative staging HMS Pinafore – or “The Lass That Loved a Sailor” – is set in the hold of a Second World War ship.

The location allows the all-male cast of 16 to switch between burly sailors, in the working underbelly of the vessel, to lady visitors in a playful and heartfelt production.

Directed by Sasha Regan this is a ‘playful and heartfelt’ production
Directed by Sasha Regan this is a ‘playful and heartfelt’ production

A simple set with a beautiful costume design by Ryan Dawson Laight have allowed maximum scope for inventive playing by the cast, whereby physicality and voice is key to telling the story.

One of the most popular G&S operas, dealing with the age old conundrum of love between social classes,Pinafore has infectious tunes and a beautifully constructed libretto, a perfect match for this creative team’s inimitable style.

Infectious tunes

Directed by Sasha Regan, the force behind the Pirates Of Penzance staging which was winner of What’s On Stage’s Best Off West End Production award, Pinafore has infectious tunes and a beautifully constructed libretto.

It’s choreographed by Lizzi Gee, whose other credits include the movie Pride and the UK tour of Goodnight Mr Tom, which played recently at the Grand Opera House.

WestEnd Frame called HMS Pinafore

Hysterically funny and highly effective. G&S’s score is irresistibly delightful and utterly timeless.

Performed with joy and enthusiasm. It is so rare to see such a timeless production staged with such love and care.