Swindon Gilbert & Sullivan Society presents a Double Bill
Trial by Jury & H.M.S Pinafore
Wednesday 19 to Saturday 22 June, 2013
Evening performances – 7.30pm
Saturday Matinee – 2.30pm
Swindon Arts Centre
H.M.S. Pinafore; or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and a libretto by W. S. Gilbert.
It opened at the Opera Comique in London, England, on 25 May 1878 and ran for 571 performances, which was the second-longest run of any musical theatre piece up to that time. H.M.S. Pinafore was Gilbert and Sullivan’s fourth operatic collaboration and their first international sensation.
The story takes place aboard the British ship H.M.S. 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.
Trial by Jury
The story concerns a "breach of promise of marriage" lawsuit in which the judge and legal system are the objects of lighthearted satire.
Wednesday evening & Saturday Matinee – £10, Child £5
Thursday to Saturday evening – £12, Child £6
Tickets are available from the Arts Centre Box Office:
The Arts Centre
Tel: 01793 614837
Monday Friday: 12 noon – 5pm
On nights when there are shows the Box Office will remain open until the start of the performance.