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HMS Pinafore - November 2013


Since its premiere in 1878, Gilbert and Sullivan’s wildly popular operetta H.M.S. Pinafore has delighted audiences with a nautically-tinged story of star-crossed lovers. The gentlemanly Captain Corcoran of the good ship Pinafore has a daughter, Josephine, who is in love with a lowly but gallant sailor named Ralph Rackstraw. The Captain forbids the marriage, wanting to match Josephine instead with the well-bred Sir Joseph, First Lord of the Admiralty. In the meantime, the Captain finds himself in nearly the same position as his daughter: his former nanny, Little Buttercup, falls in love with him, but he hesitates to reciprocate due to his higher social rank. The whole situation is turned on its head when Little Buttercup reveals a game-changing secret she has kept for decades. A rollicking farce with endearing characters, memorable tunes, and a hilariously happy ending, H.MS Pinafore is a classic, time-tested delight not to be missed.

Thursday 28th - Saturday 30th November 2013
The Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford
Cast & Creatives



Sir Joseph Porter, KCB (First Lord of the Admiralty) | Ian Brown

Captain Corcoran (Commanding HMS Pinafore) | Russell Gillary

First Officer Clarke (Naval Entertainments Officer) | Philip Clarke

Boatswain Smith (pronounced “bosun”!) | Jeremy Smith

Rafe Rackstraw (Able Seaman, hoisting his mainsail) | Jonathan Sanders

Dick Deadeye (Able Seaman in charge of lavatories) | Tom Perry

Able Seaman Bence (vocalist & bugle boy) | Joe Bence

Able Seaman Goffee (quoits) | Roger Goffee

Able Seaman Fielder (knot tying) | Peter Fielder

Able Seaman Lahiff (origami) | Edmund Lahiff

Able Seaman Stewart (bingo caller) | Martyn Stewart

Able Seaman Vincent (ballroom dancing – badly!) | Owen Smith

Acting Officer Flavia (naval ballroom dancer) | Jo Shore

Cabin Boy (ukulele boy) | Jonathan Gardner

Mrs Buttercup Cripps (souvenir shop) | Jackie Lowe

Miss Josephine Porter (the Captain’s daughter) | Laura Maguire

Cousin Hebe (related to Sir Joseph) | Jacqui Rochester

Acting Officer Prior (attached to Officer Clarke) | Sarah Prior

Miss Martina (cabaret artiste) | Martina Goldring



Julia Gould

Coral Ironside

Rhian Jimenez

Chloe Jones

Rayne Leat

Annie Leigh

Lauren Mead

Megan O’Connor

Jessica Reed

Lucy Shepherd


Director | Vivyan Ellacott

Musical Director | Jamie Bell

Choreographer | Loraine Porter

Set | Grant Alvarez

Lighting Design | Rob Mitchell-Gears

Sound Design | Pete Abery, OFX Technical Services

Costume Design | Diane Saddington and Southend Theatrical Costumes

Props | Mo Jones & Norma Jones

Wigs | John Gadd

Stage Manager | Kate Smith


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