HMS Pinafore

Gilbert and Sullivan

Sunday 28 July 8pm


Reserved Covered Seating £24.00
Friends Discounted ticket £22.80
Discounted Theatre and Gardens Ticket £34.75 Adult
Pre-theatre supper can be reserved with your ticket purchase


We are very excited to be welcoming for the first time, Charles Court Opera, one of the leading and most versatile chamber opera companies in the UK.

HMS Pinafore Gilbert and Sullivan

‘Wickedly funny’ The Guardian‘Superb’ Evening Standard 

The ʻMasters of Gilbert and Sullivanʼ Charles Court Opera will be touring a fresh and inventive take on HMS Pinafore in 2019, following a month-long London run. The earliest enduring success of Gilbert and Sullivan’s famous collaboration and a firm favourite with modern-day audiences, HMS Pinafore contains some of Sullivan’s sunniest music. Gilbert uses the strictly hierarchical society of life on board HMS Pinafore to satirise the rigidity of the British Class system. 

With many well-known songs including I am the Monarch of the Sea, Iʼm 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. 

This production boasts eight first-class singers, with small orchestra in the original, colourful and tongue-in-cheek setting of a yellow submarine. Something of a homage to the high energy of the MGM musical era, the production captures the heart and humour of the comic masterpiece with a fresh and inventive design by Rachel Schmukler. It is directed by the company’s Artistic Director, John Savournin, who recently staged Trial by Jury for Opera Northʼs season of ‘Little Greats’, and who is a regular visiting director for the National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company.  

‘…his feeling for both the sharp comic tone of the piece and its intermittent pathos is absolutely sure-footed.’ The Stage  

Charles Court Opera has been described as one of the leading and most versatile chamber opera and music theatre companies in the UK, performing regularly at the King’s Head Theatre, London, where they are an associate company. They are a regular visiting company at the Iford Arts Festival and the International G&S Festival in Buxton and Harrogate. They are amongst the champions of the current reinvigoration of Gilbert and Sullivan.

‘This is a triumphant achievement both visually and musically… fizzing with energy.’ The Stage
‘John Savournin directs with surety and panache. This production simply cannot be bettered. It deserves every accolade that will undoubtedly come its way.’ The Spy in the Stalls

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