13–23 JANUARY Riverside Theatres $49–$59 + BF
H.M.S. Pinafore
H.M.S. Pinafore
13–23 JANUARY Riverside Theatres $49–$59 + BF
H.M.S. Pinafore
$49–$59 + BF
“This saucy staging of H.M.S. Pinafore is a delight from bowsprit to sternpost”
– Audrey Journal

One of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best-loved operettas is given a hilarious, sexy and sequin-spangled spin.

Mistaken identity, star-crossed lovers, sisters, sailors and the trickiest of tongue twisters abound in this nautical caper.

Aboard the good ship H.M.S. Pinafore, the captain’s daughter, Josephine has fallen in love with a lowly sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, despite her father’s plan to marry her to the First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir Joseph Porter. As the lovers lament their predicament and plan their escape, a surprise disclosure from an unlikely quarter shows that not all is as it seems.

Featuring the classic songs 'I am the Monarch of the Sea', 'I’m Called Little Buttercup' and 'He is an Englishman', H.M.S. Pinafore is a sharp satire of the English social hierarchical system of the Victorian Age.

Directed by Kate Gaul and premiered at the Hayes Theatre in 2019 to rave reviews, this dazzling production “reinvigorates the comic operetta for an audience today, giving it a fabulous, fresh spin” (Limelight). 

Runtime: 100 mins


  • Riverside Theatres

  • Riverside Theatre
    Corner Church and Market Streets
    Parramatta NSW 2150
Performance Times

Wed 13 Jan at 7.30pm
Thu 14 Jan at 7.30pm
Fri 15 Jan at 7.30pm
Sat 16 Jan at 2pm
Sat 16 Jan at 7.30pm
Sun 17 Jan at 2pm* 
Thu 21 Jan at 7.30pm
Fri 22 Jan at 7.30pm
Sat 23 Jan at 2pm
Sat 23 Jan at 7.30pm

* Captioned performance

Ticketing and Pricing
  • A Reserve Full Price – $59
    A Reserve Concession – $53
    + booking fee

    Please note that paired seats cannot be split, therefore if you are after a single seat please select a seat that is on its own.
    If you are after other configurations, please contact the Sydney Festival office during business hours.


Wheelchair Access
Access to Riverside Theatres is via the main entrance. There are a limited number of courtesy wheelchairs available for loan on site.  

Please note that there is limited paid parking available at the venue for patrons that hold a current disability parking permit. These spaces need to be pre-booked and there is a $5 fee for parking. Entry to parking is via Market street, behind Riverside and there is a ramp from the car park to the theatre walkway for access to the venue.  

Assistive Listening
Hearing assistive systems are in all Riverside Theatres. To access this free service, please contact the Riverside Box Office and your receiver and earpiece or loop will be available for collection prior to the performance.  

Captioned Performance
H.M.S. Pinafore will have a captioned performance on Sunday 17 Jan. Captioning screens will be visible for all audience members seated in the stalls, no specific seating required. 

Service Animals
Service animals are welcome at Riverside Theatres.  

Important Info

Face masks are mandatory at all Sydney Festival events for all patrons 13 years and older, in line with NSW Government regulations. A face mask is required at all times while inside foyers, theatres and outdoor venues, including during performances. Children 12 and under are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.

Warning – this performance contains partial nudity & haze effects.

A strict lockout period applies. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. 
Cast and Credits

Producer and Director Kate Gaul
Music Director Antonio Fernandez
Choreographer Ash Bee
Lighting Designer Becky Russell
Sound Designer Nate Edmondson
Production Designer Melanie Liertz
Production Manager Felix Kulakowski
Stage Manager Kirsty Walker
Assistant Stage Manager Meaghan Fitzpatrick
Rehearsal Observer Natalie Low
Production Management Secondment Fiona Lloyd
Original Music Director Zara Stanton

Josef Ber
Thomas Campbell
Tobias Cole
Hanna Greenshields
Sean Hall
Bobbie-Jean Henning
Elora Ledger
Dominic Lui
Billie Palin
Zachary Selmes
Daniel Vershuer

Photo: Harvey House Productions

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