HMS Pinafore

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A musical by W.S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Orchestrated by Peter Murray

Published by Warner/Chappell. Administered for hire and stage rights worldwide (excluding North America) by Faber Music Ltd


Quarter-Deck of HMS Pinafore off Portsmouth

High spirits prevail aboard HMS Pinafore as Little Buttercup distributes sweets and tobacco to the crew.  Ralph Rackstraw's mind, however, is on Josephine, the Captain's daughter.  He is in love with her even though she is socially unattainable.  Unaware of his affection for her, Josephine is in love with Ralph but pride prevents her from revealing this because of his low station.  Josephine, meanwhile, is sought in marriage by Sir Joseph Porter whose advances she refuses to acknowledge.  Sir Joseph holds strong views about the treatment of sailors.  He maintains that a British Sailor is any man's equal (excepting his own), and should always be treated with politeness without recourse to bad language or abuse.  This inspires Ralph to declare his love to Josephine who soon forgets her pride and confesses her true feelings to him.  Plans are quickly made to smuggle the couple ashore that night to be married.  The only crew member who is not happy at the news is Dick Deadeye.  He betrays their intentions to the Captain and they are caught before they can leave the ship.  Furious at Ralph's actions, the Captain swears an oath at him which is, unfortunately, overheard by Sir Joseph.  He is appalled at such an outburst and turns to Ralph for an explanation.  Unfortunately, Ralph only makes matters worse by revealing that he is in love with Josephine.  The situation is saved by Little Buttercup who intervenes to confess how, in her youth, she had fostered two babies from opposite ends of the social ladder.  In the course of caring for them she had mixed them up.  The baby from the poor backgroud was Captain Corcoran and the other was Ralph.  Upon hearing this, Sir Jospeh immediately loses all interest in Josephine and gladly resigns her to Ralph, now Captain Rackstraw.


1 Flute (doubling piccolo)
1 Oboe
1 Clarinet
1 Horn (optional)
1 Trumpet (optional)
1 Trombone (optional)
1 Timpani
1 Percussion
1 Piano (optional - annotated vocal score)
1 Full Score
3 Violins I
3 Violins II
2 Violas
2 Cellos
1 Double Bass


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Cast Size: Large (16+)

Genre(s): Comedy, Romantic, Opera/Operetta