H.M.S. Pinafore

Responding to public demand, Melbourne Opera presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s beloved comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore, their first big success.

Production Details

14, 16, 18th March — 22 April, 2017.
Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne.
Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University
Running Time:
2 hours, with one twenty minute interval.

Composer: Gilbert & Sullivan
Conductor: Greg Hocking, Raymond Lawrence
Director: Robert Ray
Starring: David Gould, David Rogers-Smith, Claire Lyon, Andrea Creighton.

H.M.S. Pinafore features many of G&S’s best loved comic songs, arias and choruses in a scintillating and timeless send up of the British class system and politicians.

An all-star cast featuring David Gould as Sir Joseph Porter KCB has been assembled by Melbourne Opera for this first professional G&S production in over 10 years.

Internationally-recognised soprano Claire Lyon joins the cast following her lead role in The Phantom of the Opera World Tour, principal roles with Opera Australia, a Helpmann Award nomination for her role in John Frost & Opera Australia’s Anything Goes and a Green Room nominated performance in The Production Company’s Broadway version of The Pirates of Penzance at Hamer Hall.

Starring alongside David and Claire is celebrated tenor David Roger-Smith as the gentlemanly Captain Corcoran and Paul Biencourt as Ralph Rackstraw, following a highly praised performance in 2016 as Pedrillo in The Abduction from the Seraglio. Multi-award winning soprano Andrea Creighton will take on the role of Little Buttercup fresh from playing Carlotta Guidicelli in the Phantom of the Opera World Tour.

Other cast includes Roger Howell as the blunt-spoken Dick Deadeye, Jodie Debono and Cheryl Darvidis playing the aristocratic Cousin Hebe, Finn Gilheany as Bill Bobstay and Roland Seidl as Bob Becket.

Robert Ray, well known G&S expert will direct and choreograph and the production features the acclaimed Melbourne Opera Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Greg Hocking and Raymond Lawrence.


Production Sponsor: Henkell Brothers Investment Managers

Press & Reviews

“Let’s Give Three Cheers and One Cheer More for the hardy team at Melbourne Opera. This skillful, lovingly reverential production of H.M.S. Pinafore is the sparkling gem that Melbourne Gilbert and Sullivan lovers have been waiting years to see.”
Simon Parris

Melbourne Opera’s HMS Pinafore is a handsome, spit and polished production.”
Herald Sun.

Cast & Crew

Sir Jospeh Porter — David Gould
Captain Corcoran — David Rogers-Smith
Josephine — Claire Lyon
Buttercup — Andrea Creighton
Ralph Rackstraw
— Paul Biencourt
Dick Deadeye — Roger Howell
Hebe — Jodie Debono & Cheryl Darvidis
Bosun — Finn Gilheany
Carpenter —  Roland Seidl & Peter Hanway

Alicia Groves, Alison McIntosh-Deszcz, Angela Hennel, Anna Peterson, Cecily Woodberry, Cheryl Darvidis, Darcy Carroll, David Woodberry, Debra O’Connor, Finn Gilheany, Guiliana D’Appio, Ian Cook, Jodi Debono, Joshua Soderlind, Lynda Watkins, Mark Henderson, Matt Biscombe, Paul Dernelly, Peter Hanway, Robyn-Jane Dhanjee, Roland Seidl, Susan Halls, Te Ua Houkama, Tim Daly, Trevor Mills, Zoe Taylor.

Conductor: Greg Hocking, Raymond Lawrence
Director & Choreographer: Robert Ray
Head of Music & Chorus Master: Raymond Lawrence
Set Designer: Greg Carroll
Costume Designer: Lauren Ritchie
Lighting Designer: Lucy Birkinshaw
Associate Lighting Designer: Stewart Campbell
Stage Manager: Marta Losiewicz
Assistant Stage Manger: Alex Parsons
Assistant Choreographer: Zoe Taylor
Hair, Make-up & Wigs: Taylor Elliott
Company Manager: Robbie McPhee
Producer: Greg Hocking AM