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Ahoy New Zealand!

Gilbert & Sullivan's comedic musical masterpiece HMS Pinafore will set sail around New Zealand in April and May 2016.

Produced by Ben McDonald who has staged classics including The Pirates of Penzance, Buddy and South Pacific in the past year, HMS Pinafore will play in 21 venues from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South. Ahoy!
Directed by Geraldine Brophy, HMS Pinafore will feature a fine cast of singers, and star respected theatre veteran George Henare as Sir Joseph Porter, Helen Medlyn (as Buttercup), Tizane McEvoy (Josephine), Tainui Kuru (Ralph Rackstraw) and Paul Barrett(Captain Corcoran).

HMS Pinafore's extraordinary popularity in Britain, America and elsewhere was followed by the similar success of a series of Gilbert and Sullivan works, including The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado.
Their works, later known as the Savoy operas, dominated the musical stage on both sides of the Atlantic for more than a decade and continue to be performed today.
The structure and style of these shows, particularly Pinafore, were much copied and contributed significantly to the development of modern musical theatre.

A satirical tale of forbidden love and shocking revelations of class and identity, HMS Pinafore is one of the most enduringly popular of Gilbert and Sullivan’s great comic creations, with songs including ‘Little Buttercup’ and ‘He is an Englishman’.

Set aboard the ship HMS Pinafore, the captain's daughter, Josephine, is in love with a lower-class sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, despite her father wanting 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.
The show's humour focuses on love between members of different social classes and lampoons the British class system in general. Pinafore also pokes good-natured fun at patriotism, party politics, the Royal Navy, and the rise of unqualified people to positions of authority.

21 Venues Across NZ

Blenheim, ASB Theatre
Friday 8 April
Nelson, Theatre Royal
Saturday 9 April
Wellington, The Opera House
Sunday 10 April
Whangarei, Forum North
Tuesday 12 April
Kerikeri, The Turner Centre
Wednesday 13 April
Auckland, Bruce Mason Centre
Thursday 14 April
Rotorua, Sir Howard Morrison Centre
Friday 15 April
Gisborne, War Memorial Hall
Saturday 16 April
Napier, Municipal Theatre
Sunday 17 April
Tauranga, Baycourt Theatre
Monday 18 April
Hamilton, Founders Theatre
Tuesday 19 April
New Plymouth, TSB Showplace
Thursday 21 April
Palmerston North, Regent on Broadway
Friday 22 April
Kapiti, Southwards Theatre
Saturday 23 April
Lower Hutt, Little Theatre
Sunday 24 April
Ashburton, Events Centre
Tuesday 26 April
Oamaru, Opera House
Wednesday 27 April
Invercargill, Civic Theatre
Thursday 28 April
Dunedin, Regent Theatre
Friday 29 April
Timaru, Theatre Royal
Saturday 30 April
Christchurch, Isaac Theatre Royal
Sunday 1 May

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