Pirates and Pinafore Take Over HMS Warrior 1860
Sunday 18th July 2010 – 12.30pm, 1.45pm and 3pm
FREE with entry ticket to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
As part of the Victorian themed events to celebrate the launch of HMS Warrior in 1860, Bournemouth Gilbert & Sullivan Society has been invited on board to perform excerpts from The Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore, plus a selection of sea shanties on Sunday, 18th July.
Bournemouth G&S Society, which is regarded as one of the best Gilbert & Sullivan Societies in the country, has won many awards, their latest awards being ‘Runners Up’ and ‘Best Animated Chorus’ at the prestigious Buxton International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival.
Robin Lavies, who is playing Sir Joseph Porter from ‘HMS Pinafore’ said that the whole Society was very much looking forward to singing aboard HMS Warrior and that he was delighted to be one of the principals taking part in such a unique and exciting event. “HMS Warrior is such a superb ship with all its history and atmosphere, so to be singing excerpts from 2 of the best loved nautical G&S operettas on her deck will be an experience not to be missed.”
The three performances will be open to the general public as they tour HMS Warrior 1860 and are timed for 12.30, 1.45 and 3.00pm. Penny Chrichton-Seager is producing the performance and has scripted some amusing dialogue between Sir Joseph Porter from HMS Pinafore and the Pirate King from The Pirates of Penzance – largely based on the Johnny Depp characterisation from The Pirates of the Caribbean films.
A ticket for Portsmouth Historic Dockyard also gives entry to HMS Victory, the Mary Rose Museum, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Action Stations and Harbour Tours. Tickets cost adults £19.50, seniors £16.50, children & students £14.00 and a family ticket costs £55.00 (up to 5 people with a maximum of 2 adults or seniors). Entrance to the Historic Dockyard is free for those wishing to visit the retailers, cafes and Antiques Storehouse.
The Historic Dockyard opens at 10am daily and further information can be found at www.historicdockyard.co.uk or by calling 02392 839 766.