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HMS Pinafore

Director Emma Jude Harris sails this radical rethink of Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved H.M.S. Pinafore to Grimeborn.


Set aboard a British warship and originally intended to gently satirise the rigid British class system, H.M.S. Pinafore is renowned for its wit and silliness.

But this anarchic new production looks beyond the fun and frills of Savoy opera to offer a sharp critique of the piece’s underlying imperialism.

Helmed by a crew that includes some of opera and theatre’s most exciting emerging talent, join this familiar classic as it makes new waves.


‘a real discovery’
The Guardian
‘a witty, dynamic production of this passionate chamber piece glows with humanity and joy’
‘a thrillingly sung staging’
The Stage
‘a strong, beautiful sense of despairing romance shoots through the work’
The Reviews Hub
‘Emma Jude Harris’ deft handling of Cabildo’s themes
exemplifies how opera should engage in current social
discourse…[it] feels like a great beacon of hope for the future of opera’
Miro Magazine

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