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With witty dialogue, endearing characters, memorable tunes
and a hilariously happy ending, these are the silliest shenanigans ever seen
aboard a ship! Since its première in 1878, Gilbert and Sullivan’s wildly
popular operetta has delighted audiences with its nautical tale of love across
This production is dedicated
to the memory of former acting company member Richard McMillan and sound engineer Bill Gosling.
Can love really level ranks, or must lowly seaman Ralph Rackstraw pine in vain for Josephine, his captain’s lovely daughter? She has, after all, been promised by her father to Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty.
And what of Captain Corcoran himself, and the “plump and pleasing” dockside vendor Little Buttercup who privately yearns for him? These differences of station seem insuperable obstacles to happy union – until a startling secret is revealed.
Book and lyrics by W.S. Gilbert Music by Arthur SullivanDirector Lezlie Wade
Production support is generously
provided by Nona Macdonald Heaslip.
Support for the 2017 season of the Avon
Theatre is generously provided by the Birmingham family.
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