HMS Pinafore

HMS Pinafore

Charles Court Opera
Sunday 16th June at 7.30pm

Tickets £21**

* Disabled seating available please call Box Office on 01205 363108

**Prices are inclusive of the 50p per seat Refurbishment Levy

The masters of G&S in small space present their fresh take on HMS Pinafore, the earliest enduring success of Gilbert & Sullivan’s famous collaboration, which remains a firm favourite with audiences. It contains some of Sullivan’s sunniest music and tells the story of Josephine, the Captain’s daughter, and her love for a lowly sailor Ralph Rackstraw, despite being promised in marriage to the First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir Joseph Porter. Gilbert uses the strictly hierarchical society of life on board HMS Pinafore to satirise the rigidity of the British Class system. With many well – known songs including, I’m called little Buttercup and He is an Englishman, this brand new production promises an evening of rollicking choruses and tender tunes imbued with the unique wit and infectious energy of a Charles Court Opera production to be enjoyed by all ages.  It is directed by John Savournin, who recently directed Trial by Jury for Opera North, musically directed by CCO stalwart David Eaton, and features G&S veteran Joseph Shovelton as Sir Joseph.


Charles Court Opera has been described as one of the leading and most versatile chamber opera and music theatre companies in the UK, and perform regularly at the King's Head Theatre, London, where they are an associate company.

They are a regular visiting company at the Iford Arts Festival and the International G&S Festival in Buxton and Harrogate, and have performed across the UK in venues ranging from pub theatres to concert halls, touring to Spain, the US, Ireland and France. They are one of the champions of the current reinvigoration of Gilbert and Sullivan, described as “the masters of G&S in small places” and are committed to devising new work. They are well known for their legendary, alternative, and critically acclaimed 'Boutique Pantos', presenting a new production in London every Christmas.

Blackfriars Theatre is run predominately by volunteers. The full voluntary Refurbishment levy plus gift aid, if applicable, will create a special fund to help maintain and refurbish the towns precious traditional little Theatre. This fund will also allow us to seek 'match funding' opportunities to enhance your theatre experience.

Please note: Following the latest government announcement - Mask Wearing is now compulsory in Blackfriars Theatre. All productions will be managed in a Covid Secure way, more information on what that entails can be found on our Blackfriars Covid 19 Guidance page which can be found under the Booking Tab at the top of our website. Thank you for your support and understanding. We hope you enjoy the show and encourage others to help Keep Theatre Live in Boston.

Blackfriars undoubtedly plays a very important role as Boston's centre for entertainment and the arts. It is home to two very successful local amateur dramatic and operatic groups, as well as hosting a varied program of professional stage productions.