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Event Series Event Series: Cox & Box and HMS Pinafore

Cox & Box and HMS Pinafore

October 4, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Cox & Box
This frivolous yet charming tale, full of musical humour and sparkling tunes is a cheerful romp. Before Sullivan met Gilbert he composed a delicious one act farce, Cox & Box with humorist F.C. Burnand. First performed privately in a men’s club, its popularity climbed and was the only work, not written by both Gilbert & Sullivan to be continually performed by the fabled D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, through its long history. Sergeant Bouncer is renting a room to Mr Box, a printer who works at night, and to Mr Cox, a hatter who works by day. Neither know of each other’s existence, until one day Mr Cox is awarded a holiday. Returning home Mr Cox is horrified to find Mr Box asleep in his bed! Much hilarity follows as Sergeant Bouncer tries to sort out the mess. Sullivan provides a preview to the masterpieces he would later write with Gilbert. This is a gem of a mini-opera, and will bring much amusement and delight in this new production. Delight in this timeless classic –

HMS Pinafore
Gilbert’s raucus satire on rank and privilege, set to some of the saltiest, jauntiest and joyful nautical music ever written, by Arthur Sullivan. H.M.S Pinafore was Gilbert & Sullivan’s first international success. It has sailed the musical seas since 1878, and has never, no never, and not even hardly ever fallen from popularity. The Captain’s daughter Josephine, is in love with the common sailor, Ralph Rackstraw. However, her father plans to marry her off to the unbearable but wealthy First Sea Lord, Sir Joseph Porter. After some hilarious plot twists, the lovers win through in the end.

This comic opera is an ideal introduction to children, and young persons, of the joys of classical musical theatre.

Both productions Directed by Daniel Sinfield with Musical Direction by Joshua Geddes.

Make the most of this opportunity to see a classic double bill!

Take advantage of our Early Bird prices which are available until midnight Monday August 26th and BOOK NOW!


October 4, 2019
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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