At first, this tale of a common sailor competing for the hand of his captain’s daughter with none other than the Lord Admiral of the Royal Navy seemed doomed to failure. It became an international sensation, reshaping the commercial theater in both England and the United States. After some greedy investors failed in a clumsy attempt to take over the profitable production, D’Oyly Carte signed Gilbert and Sullivan to a three-way partnership. Sharing profits and expenses, this trio now set out to reshape British musical theatre.
With additonal material the show was renamed HMS Pinafore – The Full Story for our 2015 production.