Our 2017 Show: H.M.S. Pinafore; or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor
After a tremendously successful 2016 run of The Pirates of Penzance, The Savoy Company is proud to return to the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in 2017 with another Gilbert & Sullivan classic: H.M.S. Pinafore; or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor. Pinafore was Gilbert Sullivan's first international sensation, with memorable songs such as "He Is An Englishman," "When I Was a Lad," "I Am the Monarch of the Sea," and "We Sail the Ocean Blue."
The story takes place aboard the ship HMS Pinafore. The captain's daughter, Josephine, is in love with a lower-class sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, although her father intends her to marry Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the Admiralty. She abides by her father's wishes at first, but Sir Joseph's advocacy of the equality of humankind encourages Ralph and Josephine to overturn conventional social order. They declare their love for each other and eventually plan to elope. The captain discovers this plan, but, as in many of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, a surprise disclosure changes things dramatically near the end of the story.
Savoy will be performing H.M.S. Pinafore at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on May 12th and 13th, 2017, and under the stars onstage at the Open Air Theatre amid the tranquil beauty of Longwood Gardens on June 9th and 10th. Ticket information will be forthcoming soon!