Hayes Theatre Co

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Hayes Theatre Co

H.M.S. Pinafore

Music by Arthur Sullivan, Libretto by W.S. Gilbert

Performance and Booking Details


Performances from 8 November - 14 December 2019


  • Mon 6:30 pm
  • Tues-Sat 7:30 pm
  • Wed 1:00 pm
  • Sat 2:00 pm

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours including interval

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No Wed matinee performance on 13 November 2019

Presented by Hayes Theatre Co

Director Kate Gaul
Music Director Zara Stanton
Choreographer Ash Bee
Production Designer Melanie Liertz
Lighting Designer Fausto Brusamolino
Sound Designer Nate Edmondson
Stage Manager Kirsty Walker
Assistant Stage Manager Daniel Cottier

Starring Katherine Allen, Gavin Brown, Thomas Campbell, Jermaine Chau, Tobias Cole, Sean Hall, Bobbie Jean Henning, Dominic Lui, Rory O’Keeffe, Billie Palin, Zach Selmes

Mistaken identity, class warfare, sisters, sailors and the trickiest of tongue twisters abound in this nautical caper.

Aboard the 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 at it seems.

Featuring the 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.

Visionary director, Kate Gaul, makes her Hayes Theatre Co debut with this re-imagined, gender-bending, hyper-theatrical and kinky take on this Gilbert & Sullivan classic.

H.M.S. Pinafore is generously supported by Frederic Marguerre and Rodrigo Martino, principal sponsors of the Artist-Led Initiative.

H.M.S. Pinafore is part of the 2011 Postcode offer. Residents of 2011 can obtain half price tickets 30 minutes prior to performances Mon-Thurs with proof of address. Subject to availability.



“A joyous version of the Gilbert and Sullivan musical that most fans will love.”  (ArtsHub)

- ★★★★ ArtsHub

“The show is bursting with talent and expertise and basically it’s all joy and effervescence for the rest of the voyage.”   (Stage Noise)

- ★★★★ Stage Noise

“Turning the topsy-turvy of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s 1878 operetta inside out, this saucy staging of H.M.S. Pinafore is a delight from bowsprit to sternpost.”  (Audrey Journal)


“Kate Gaul’s production now at the Hayes – arguably Australia’s home for musical theatre – is a logical, and wonderful step forward.” (Timeout)

- ★★★★ TIME OUT

“Kate Gaul reinvigorates the comic operetta for an audience today, giving it a fabulous, fresh spin with her gloriously camp, glittery, cross-gender production.”  (Limelight)


“It’s always fun to see an actor steal a production, as Thomas Campbell does in the opening scene to Hayes Theatre’s giddy and hilarious new production of H.M.S. Pinafore.” (CityHub)


This absurd comedy of class, manners and ridiculous reasoning is delightfully rendered with a fun blend of contemporary and classic stylings.” (Broadway World)


“Gaul’s H.M.S. Pinafore is dazzling and oozing with personality”  (FlickFlick City)



“It is the Hayes at its creative best – bringing together musicians and opera singers who exude talent” (Hunter & Bligh)