H.M.S PINAFORE 

                                                              Siren Theatre Co presents the Hayes Theatre production

Everyone's favorite musical duo Gilbert & Sullivan bring us mistaken identity, class warfare, sisters,

sailors and the trickiest of tongue twisters abound in this nautical caper. 

Set sail with Gilbert & Sullivan’s beloved comedy of star-crossed lovers, mismatched marriages and mistaken identities. Award-winning director, Kate Gaul re-imagines a gender-bending, hyper-theatrical

and kinky take on this Gilbert & Sullivan classic.

 

This nautical caper overflowing with infectious tunes such as ‘I am the Monarch of the Sea’, ‘I’m Called Little Buttercup’ and ‘He is an Englishman’, H.M.S. Pinafore is a sharp satire of social

hierarchical systems of and asks the question “does love level all ranks?”

 

Pinafore's extraordinary popularity in Britain, America and elsewhere was followed by the similar success of a series of Gilbert and Sullivan works, including The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado.

Don’t miss out on this rollicking farce and hysterical hi-jinks on the high seas. 

REVIEWS

Why stage H.M.S PINAFORE at the end of 2019? Because it can be a celebration of living outside your expected social role. It can be a queer party. It can be funny and sweet, and clever." ★★★★ TIME OUT

"Under director Kate Gaul’s command, Gilbert and Sullivan's classic finds new vigour as genderfuck carnival.

If the class plot is unrelatable, the norm-busting use of gender scrapes off the HMS PINAFORE’s barnacles. With wit, style and thrill, this production is relentlessly entertaining. "Love can level ranks” - and this revel ranks high. ★★★★  CITY ROCK JESTER

“The show is bursting with talent and expertise and basically it’s all joy and effervescence for the rest of the voyage.” ★★★★ STAGE NOISE

“Turning the topsy-turvy of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s 1878 operetta inside out, this saucy staging of H.M.S. PINAFORE is a delight from bowsprit to the sternpost.”  ★★★★ AUDREY JOURNAL

 

“Kate Gaul reinvigorates the comic operetta for an audience today, giving it a fabulous, fresh spin with her gloriously camp, glittery, cross-gender production.”  ★★★★ LIMELIGHT

 

“It’s always fun to see an actor steal a production, as Thomas Campbell does in the opening scene to this giddy and hilarious new production of H.M.S. Pinafore.” ★★★★ CITY HUB SYDNEY

 

“Gaul’s H.M.S. PINAFORE is dazzling and oozing with personality”  ★★★★ TWENTY ODD REVIEWER

Production Photography:  Phil Erbacher

Hero photograph:  Harvey House Productions

Model: Lara Lightfoot Hair/Makeup: Natalia Ladyko

Sydney Theatre Critics Awards Nominations 2019 - H.M.S Pinafore

BEST PRODUCTION OF AN INDEPENDENT MUSICAL - H.M.S Pinafore

BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL - Kate Gaul

BEST MUSICAL DIRECTION - Zara Stanton

BEST STAGE DESIGN OF AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION - Melanie Liertz

BEST COSTUME DESIGN OF AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION - Melanie Liertz

BEST SOUND DESIGN OF AN INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION - Nate Edmondson

BEST NEWCOMER - Billie Palin

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL - Thomas Campbell

Glugs Theatre Award Nominations 2019 - H.M.S Pinafore

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MUSICAL - Thomas Campbell

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY OF A MUSICAL - Ash Bee

The Australian, Friday 15 November 2019

Production Photography on tour: Clare Hawley