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.
Played with a sly wink to changing social mores and a nod to queer culture, this gender-fluid take on love and duty is anything but Victorian. Hold on tight as a cast of 12 triple threats give the already topsy-turvy world of Gilbert and Sullivan a hilarious, sexy and sequin-spangled spin.
Directed by Kate Gaul and first seen at the Hayes Theatre in 2019, this critically acclaimed chamber production of a light opera masterpiece hits the refresh button on its song-strewn mockery of class, British exceptionalism and the rise of unqualified people to positions of power.
Runtime: 100 mins
Wed 13 Jan at 7.30pm
Thu 14 Jan at 7.30pm
Fri 15 Jan at 7.30pm
Sat 16 Jan at 2pm
Sat 16 Jan at 7.30pm
Sun 17 Jan at 2pm*
Tue 19 Jan at 7.30pm
Wed 20 Jan at 7.30pm
Thu 21 Jan at 7.30pm
Fri 22 Jan at 7.30pm
Sat 23 Jan at 2pm
Sat 23 Jan at 7.30pm
* Captioned performance
A Reserve Full Price – $59
A Reserve Concession – $53
+ booking fee
Please note that paired seats cannot be split, therefore if
you are after a single seat please select a seat that is on its own.
If you are after other configurations, please contact the Sydney Festival office during business hours.
Access to Riverside Theatres is via the main entrance. There are a limited number of courtesy wheelchairs available for loan on site.
Please note that there is limited paid parking available at the venue for patrons that hold a current disability parking permit. These spaces need to be pre-booked and there is a $5 fee for parking. Entry to parking is via Market street, behind Riverside and there is a ramp from the car park to the theatre walkway for access to the venue.
Hearing assistive systems are in all Riverside Theatres. To access this free service, please contact the Riverside Box Office and your receiver and earpiece or loop will be available for collection prior to the performance.
H.M.S. Pinafore will have a captioned performance on Sunday 17 Jan. Captioning screens will be visible for all audience members seated in the stalls, no specific seating required.
Service animals are welcome at Riverside Theatres.
Warning – this performance contains partial nudity & haze effects.
Producer and Director Kate Gaul
Music Director Antonio Fernandez
Choreographer Ash Bee
Lighting Designer Becky Russell
Sound Designer Nate Edmondson
Production Designer Melanie Liertz
Production Manager Felix Kulakowski
Stage Manager Kirsty Walker
Assistant Stage Manager Meaghan Fitzpatrick
Rehearsal Observer Natalie Low
Production Management Secondment Fiona Lloyd
Original Music Director Zara Stanton
Photo: Harvey House Productions
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