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premiered in 1878 at the Opera Comique in London, and became Gilbert and Sullivan's first smash hit, enjoying a successful run of 571 performances. Satirising the snobbery and hypocrisy of the English social system of its day. HMS Pinafore
is a comic tale of love, class pretensions and mistaken identities. Questioning the integrity of the ruling elite and exposing the duplicitous motives of leaders of power, this comedy still has remarkable resonance today.Performers Gary Wilmott (Dick Deadeye), Desmond Barrit (Sir Joseph), Tobias Beer (Sailor), Vivian Care (Cousin), Martin Chamberlain (Sailor), Dominic Colchester (Sailor), Tricia Crowe (Cousin), Nicola Filshie (Cousin), Hal Fowler (Captain Corcoran), Natasha Lewis (Cousin), Dominic Marsh (Sailor), James Millard (Sailor), Lesley Nicol (Little Buttercup), Alastair Parker (Sailor), Sirine Saba (Hebe), Scarlet Strallen (Josephine), Giles Taylor (Boatswain), Simon Thomas (Ralph Rackstraw), Rupert Young (Sailor).
Music A.Sullivan. Lyrics W.S.Gilbert. Corporate Sponsor Canard-Duchene. Producer New Shakespeare Company. Adapted by Herbert Appleman. Director Ian Talbot. Design Paul Farnsworth.
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