HMS Pinafore by Gilbert and Sullivan

8th Jul 2012 - 3:30pm

The Arts Centre

Illyria Theatre Company present HMS Pinafore by Gilbert and Sullivan in the Rock Garden outside the Rose Theatre. Complementary light refreshments provided, but bring a picnic if you wish.

Tickets £15.00 / £13.00 concessions.

I am the lowliest tar that sails the water
And you, proud maiden, are my captain’s daughter!

Set on board the warship HMS Pinafore, the opera cheerfully mocks such Great British institutions as Class, Patriotism and the Royal Navy. Josephine the captain’s daughter is in love with Ralph a common sailor, but her father wants her to marry Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty. The couple are caught as they elope from the ship and Ralph is locked in the ship’s dungeon. Only when certain revelations are made by Buttercup, a dockside vendor, can everyone end up freely marrying their true hearts’ loves.

This wonderful comic opera gets the complete Illyria treatment, faithfully performed by a reduced cast on a beautiful nautical set, and accompanied by a Musical Director on keyboard. So sit back, relax and be merry as Illyria take to the stage for their 8th annual open-air performance at the Rose.

In 2011 Illyria raised the bar by becoming the first and only major UK open-air touring theatre to add Opera to its regular season. The ticket sales, acclaim and feedback from last season’s “The Pirates of Penzance” all vouch for its enormous success.


Come prepared for the elements, and bring a low backed chair or rug to sit on.

Complementary light refreshments will be provided, but you may also bring a picnic if you wish.


For details of what’s on this season at the Rose Theatre, visit the Rose Theatre website.

If you’re interested in screenings of great films, see this season’s Short Cuts line-up in the Studio Theatre.

Interested in studying for a degree? Edge Hill University provides degree programmes in subjects including Performing Arts, Film, Media, English, Creative Writing and History. To find out more, please contact the Course Information, Advice and Guidance Team on 01695 657000, or by email