HMS Pinafore at Filene Center, by the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players
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The last date listed for HMS Pinafore was Saturday June 4, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players have delighted audiences since 1974 as “the leading custodian of the G&S classics” (_New York _magazine). They have performed annually at Wolf Trap since 1995.
Hilarity and absurdity set sail with Gilbert & Sullivan’s first international blockbuster. Classic songs including “I’m Called Little Buttercup,” “I am the Captain of the Pinafore,” and “We Sail the Ocean Blue” highlight social commentary about class and ambition while keeping audiences giddy with delight.
On board the H.M.S. Pinafore, the lowly sailor Ralph Rackstraw has fallen in love with Josephine, daughter of Captain Corcoran. Promised to the insufferable Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B, First Lord of the Admiralty, Josephine swears not to follow her heart in returning Ralph’s affection and the Captain reveals his own attraction to the lowly peddler woman, Little Buttercup. In a deliberately absurd twist of fate, Little Buttercup reveals that Ralph and the Captain were switched at birth, thereby allowing both to marry the objects of their affections — and within their own social classes. Sir Joseph is resigned to marrying his most devoted groupie, Cousin Hebe.