H.M.S. Pinafore

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H.M.S. Pinafore

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 13 January - 23 January 2021
Category Live Event

Siren Theatre Co. & Sydney Festival present

One of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best-loved operettas is given a hilarious, sexy and sequin-spangled spin.

Mistaken identity, star-crossed lovers, sisters, sailors and the trickiest of tongue twisters abound in this nautical caper.

Aboard the good ship H.M.S. Pinafore, the captain’s daughter, Josephine has fallen in love with a lowly sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, despite her father’s plan to marry her to the First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir Joseph Porter. As the lovers lament their predicament and plan their escape, a surprise disclosure from an unlikely quarter shows that not all is as it seems.

Featuring the classic songs ‘I am the Monarch of the Sea’, ‘I’m Called Little Buttercup’ and ‘He is an Englishman’, H.M.S. Pinafore is a sharp satire of the English social hierarchical system of the Victorian Age.

Directed by Kate Gaul and premiered at the Hayes Theatre in 2019 to rave reviews, this dazzling production “reinvigorates the comic operetta for an audience today, giving it a fabulous, fresh spin” – Limelight.


Please note: This performance contains smoke haze, stage prop guns and partial nudity.

This performance contains a lockout and latecomers will not be permitted. 

The performance on Sunday 17 January 2pm will be Open Captioned. 

Riverside Theatres is registered with the NSW Government as a COVID Safe venue. Our COVID Safe plan was developed in line with federal and state government health guidelines, and following consultation with Live Performance Australia, other NSW venues, and various government bodies, on enhanced health, hygiene and safety measures. These measures include: reduced audience capacity; social distancing; mandatory masks; Service NSW QR code registration check in; extra cleaning; increased sanitisation of high-touch surfaces; the provision of hand sanitiser, anti-bacterial wipes and hand washing facilities throughout the venue; traffic management plans to alleviate congestion in public spaces; and dedicated COVID Safe Hygiene Marshals.

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H.M.S. Pinafore

Who, among equals, is the most equal? Can love level the playing field? H.M.S. Pinafore playfully sends up a class-obsessed society with the story of a feisty flower of British maidenhood who falls for Ralph Rackstraw, a handsome sailor with a surprising secret. 

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