H.M.S. Pinafore from Charles Court Opera

London theatre news: Friday 15 February 2019

Opera - Shows

Charles Court Opera's 10th Gilbert & Sullivan season at the King's Head Theatre presents a humorous, heartfelt and high energy take on H.M.S. Pinafore - running from 10 April to 11 May 2019.
H.M.S. Pinafore at the King's Head Theatre from Charles Court Opera

Image courtesy King's Head Theatre

Following nine critically-acclaimed, wildly popular seasons of Gilbert & Sullivan's beloved operettas at islington's King's Head Theatre, internationally-renowned chamber opera company Charles Court Opera's humorous, heartfelt and high energy take on H.M.S. Pinafore will run from 10 April to 11 May 2019.

In the 15 years since the company was formed, Charles Court Opera have toured Gilbert & Sullivan productions across the UK and USA to some of the most high-profile venues and arts festivals and have built a reputation as 'the masters of Gilbert & Sullivan in small spaces' (Camden New Journal).

In 2016, they became an Associate Company of King's Head Theatre.

A comic opera in two acts, H.M.S. Pinafore premiered in London in May 1878 and features some of Arthur Sullivan's best loved music, including 'I am the Monarch of the sea' and 'He is an Englishman' and has libretto by W. S. Gilbert.

Speaking about this upcoming production at the King's Head, director John Savournin said ...

"I'm delighted to bring our visually explosive and playfully joyous production of H.M.S. Pinafore, in our 10th Gilbert & Sullivan season, to King's Head Theatre.

In an age where British class divisions seem more entrenched than ever, Gilbert & Sullivan's witty satire is not only superb entertainment, it's incredibly relevant to the times in which we live."

Show listing information


H.M.S. Pinafore is set on board a strictly hierarchical naval ship and satirises the rigid British class system.

Josephine, the Captain's daughter has fallen in love with a lowly sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, despite being promised to the First Lord of the Admiralty.

Featuring some of Sullivan's best loved music, including 'I am the Monarch of the sea' and 'He is an Englishman,' audiences can expect an evening of rollicking choruses and tender tunes imbued with unique wit and infectious energy in a show suitable for all ages, that harks back to the golden age of technicolour.


Author: Gilbert & Sullivan
Director: John Savournin
Designer: Rachel Szmukler
Choreography: Damian Czarnecki
Lighting: Ian Wilson


King's Head Theatre
115 Upper Street
N1 1QN


From: Wednesday 10 April 2019

Closed: Saturday 11 May 2019


Previews: £10 - £14


Friday & Saturday Evening Premium £35.00

Weekday Premium £27.50

Standard £23.50


Weekday Concession £19.50

Under 30's (Tuesday's only) £10.00

Unwaged (Matinees only) £5.00


Show website
ActDrop full listing for H.M.S. Pinafore
H.M.S Pinafore - Wikipedia

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