London Coliseum

St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES GB

HMS Pinafore

HMS Pinafore Tickets

4.8/5 - based on 16 reviews
  • Booking until: Saturday, 11 December 2021
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About HMS Pinafore

HMS Pinafore description

A clueless Captain, a spirited siren and pompous petty officers. No wonder they’re all at sea.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera HMS Pinafore is a hilarious tale of love, honour and duty.

Packed with absurd characters, unforeseen plot twists and a delightfully farcical finale, Pinafore is a satirical take on the British class system and the promotion of unqualified people to positions of power.

When Josephine, the daughter of Captain Corcoran, falls for the lowly sailor Ralph Rackstraw, she’s torn between her heart’s true love, and her desire to honour her father’s wish for her to marry Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the Admiralty.

Cal McCrystal returns to ENO to direct this new production following his smash-hit staging of G&S’s Iolanthe, ‘a grand and gorgeous extravaganza’ (Daily Telegraph).

Making his operatic debut as Sir Joseph is the actor and entertainer Les Dennis. He is joined by John Savournin as Captain Corcoran, with ENO Harewood Artists ElganLlŷr Thomas and Alexandra Oomens as Ralph and Josephine. ENO favourite Chris Hopkins conducts.

Next Performances for HMS Pinafore at the London Coliseum

today 6th Dec 2021 7:30pm
Thursday 9th Dec 2021 7:30pm
Saturday11th Dec 2021 7:30pm

HMS Pinafore reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 16 reviews

What to expect:


Recommended for:

Anyone (88%)
Families (88%)
Teenagers (88%)
Couples (94%)
Theatregoers (94%)
Latest customer reviews
Enjoyable revival of a Gilbert & Sullivan work

We liked the tongue in cheek humour.

Reviewed on 04 December 2021 by , Rickmansworth, United Kingdom

Real Gilbert and Sullivan

Brilliant, funny and colourful. Entertainment for all ages. Could watch it all again tomorrow 🤗

Reviewed on 03 December 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

Entertaining and enjoyable.

Reviewed on 29 November 2021 by , London, United Kingdom

Gilbert and Sullivan shows are so rare and to see a super one like this was fabulous.

Great acting, singing, dancing, super clever stage sets, what’s not to enjoy! First time at this theatre and so impressed with it, and the staff were lovely as well!

Reviewed on 22 November 2021 by , Lincoln, United Kingdom


a good show but difficult to hear the actors talking, there seems a need for more amplification of speech but the singing was okay

Reviewed on 18 November 2021 by , Horsham, United Kingdom

G and S as it should be performed

Reviewed on 18 November 2021 by , Billericay, United Kingdom

Great fun

Reviewed on 17 November 2021 by , London, United Kingdom


In the upper circle hearing unamplified speech was an issue

Reviewed on 17 November 2021 by , Loughton, United Kingdom

Creative fun

Reviewed on 15 November 2021 by , Gillingham, United Kingdom

You got to love Gilbert and Sullivan

HMS Pinafore can be enjoyed on so many levels. This production brought out the wit and humour very well. Music, ‘show’ and entertainment value couldn’t be better

Reviewed on 13 November 2021 by , Hexham, United Kingdom

A must see. A very entertaining show Good songs and acting Excellent orchestra

We liked the show. It is a very entertaining show with a good versatile troupe of actors. The lead lead actors/singers were all excellent

Reviewed on 11 November 2021 by , West Byfleet, United Kingdom

Light hearted fun

The cabin boy really stole the show but the attitude and light hearted approach will appeal to many

Reviewed on 06 November 2021 by , London, United Kingdom