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Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society

1908 Production

HMS Pinafore

by Gilbert & Sullivan

The Assembly Rooms

Princes Street, Yeovil

H.M.S. Pinafore, or 'The Lass That Loved a Sailor', is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and a libretto by W. S. Gilbert. It opened at the Opera Comique in London on 25 May 1878 and ran for 571 performances.

Music by Arthur Sullivan

Libretto by William Schwenck Gilbert

The story takes place on board the ship HMS Pinafore. The captain's daughter, Josephine, is in love with an ordinary seaman, Ralph Rackstraw, although her father intends her to marry Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the Admiralty. At first she keeps to her father's wishes, but when they hear Sir Joseph's argument for the equality of humankind, Ralph and Josephine decide to overturn conventional social order. They declare their love for each other and eventually plan to elope, until the captain finds out. However, as in many of the Gilbert and Sullivan plots, a surprise discovery changes things dramatically near the end of the story.

HMS Pinafore - Opera Comique Theatre bill from 1878
HMS Pinafore - Opera Comique Theatre Poster
The Yeovil Constitutional Club & Assembly Rooms in Princes Street (c1902)
Assembly Rooms, Princes Street, Yeovil

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