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A night full of nautical song, dance and laughs

This May, The G&S Society of SA proudly presents a strictly limited season of the iconic Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera HMS Pinafore, or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor.

Tickets are now on sale (5 shows only!).


The G&S Society of SA is delighted to stage a fresh new take of this much loved comical tale of star crossed lovers at sea. The production uses the original words and music but has been given some new twists by TASA Bravo award winner and well-known director/actor Barry Hill, musical director Jacqui Maynard, fresh from her musical contribution to The Stirling Player's production of Nell and Celeste Barone, choreographer for The Met's High Society last year.

Megan Doherty (Josephine) & James Nicholson (Ralph Rackstraw) / Photographer Tim Bates

HMS Pinafore is one of the gems of the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire. A send-up of the British class system, it pokes good-natured fun at patriotism, party politics, the Royal Navy, and the rise of unqualified people to positions of authority (a theme that is still relevant in politics today).

Aboard the ship HMS Pinafore, Josephine, the captain's daughter is in love with a lower-class sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, although she is destined to marry Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the Admiralty.

Ralph and Josephine declare their love for each other and plan to elope. However, Captain Corcoran discovers this plan, and (as in many Gilbert and Sullivan operas) a reversal of fortune turns everyone's plans upside down in a surprise ending.

Featuring G&S standards 'When I was a lad' and 'For he is an Englishman', director Barry Hill's production adds a new comedic dimension to this much-loved opera.

As Little Buttercup says, 'Things are seldom what they seem' so be prepared for a night of love, laughs and song from the company that brought you A Little Night Music and The Phantom of the Opera!

David Visentin (Captain Corcoran) & Brad Martin (Sir Joseph Porter) / Photographer Tim Bates

This vibrant, family-friendly production sees The G&S Society of SA return to their roots and features some familiar faces and newcomers to the Society - Megan Doherty (Josephine), last seen in A Little Night Music, James Nicholson (Ralph Rackstraw), David Visentin (Captain Corcoran) and Brad Martin (Sir Joseph Porter KCB) direct from The Phantom of the Opera. David Rapkin (well-known to Adelaide audiences) will be reprising his 2008 role of Dick Deadeye with Eve McMillan as Mrs Cripps (or Little Buttercup).

Also featuring Ian Brown as the Boatswain, Jemimah Lanyon as Hebe (Sir Joseph's first cousin), Nick Coxhill as Bob Becket (the Boatswain's Mate), plus a trusty crew of sailors and a bevy of sisters, cousins and aunts!


Since first opening to audiences in May 1878 at the Opera Comique in London, HMS Pinafore has held successful seasons worldwide - don't miss this classic production live on stage at Adelaide's Arts Theatre. It promises to be a night full of nautical song, dance and laughs!


Choose from the following performances:

  • Wednesday 1 May - 7.30pm

  • Thursday 2 May 7.30pm

  • Friday 3 May 7.30pm

  • Saturday 4 May 1.30pm (Matinee)

  • Saturday 4 May 7.30pm

    Tickets are now on sale through or (08) 8447 7239


    Tickets are priced as follows:

    Adult: $36.00

    Concession (Pensioner/Senior): $30.00

    Concession (Tertiary Student/Unemployed): $25.00

    Children (under 18): $15.00

    Group bookings also available.


    For more information on the production, please visit and the Facebook Event


    Praise for the G&S Society's last show, The Phantom of the Opera:

    "This production, directed by David Sinclair, is a triumph in many ways. Judging by the enthusiastic applause and roars of approval by the packed-house opening night audience, once again The Phantom of the Opera has unleashed its engaging power." Tony Knight - Stage Whispers

    "From The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and Patience, to The Phantom of the Opera, the G&S Society has a hit on its hands. Bravo!" Richard Lane TASA

    "The Phantom has been running on Broadway for over 30 years and has toured the world countless times. But whether you are, like me, one of the few who hasn't seen it before or an ardent fan, this is a production not to be missed. All involved deserve the highest praise for a wonderful production." Jan Kershaw Glam Adelaide

    "G&S has a long record of fine productions, always gleaning impressive musical talent, but here it has outdone itself and the resulting thunderous standing ovation from the packed house is absolutely its due." Samela Harris Barefoot Review

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    When: Wed May 1 - Sat May 4 @ 7.30pm. Sat May 4 @ 1.30pm
    Where: Arts Theatre, 53 Angas St Adelaide
    Cost: Adult $36 Conc $30 Student/unempl $25 Child $15
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