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25 reviews
25 stars
The weather was hot during the day but cooled off substantially after sunset. I wore brought a light jacket for aLate June evening.
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2 reviews
9 stars
If you take the Shuttle from West Falls Church, put an alarm on your smart phone for 20 minutes before 11, because they leave to make the last train at West Falls Church.
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"HMS Pinafore"
8 ratings
4.3 average rating
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10 reviews
5 stars
attended Jun 03 2011

Wonderful production; uniformly outstanding cast - - both acting and voices. Nothing but fun.

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8 reviews
5 stars
attended Jun 03 2011

It was a very good interpretation of G and S

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4 reviews
1 stars
attended Jun 04 2011

Performance was good. Sound system was bad - wrong mikes on all the time. Our seats were way off to the side, even though the theater was half-empty. I know we paid discount, but there ware huge swaths of better seats sitting unused.

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Quotes & Highlights

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.