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H M S Pinafore 1990D'Oyly Carte Opera Company

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The resurrected (briefly termed 'New') D'Oyly Carte company began operations in 1988 with two works, Iolanthe and Yeomen of the Guard. This was quickly followed by a second pair of excellent stagings - Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado. By the time of this week-long visit to Edinburgh, they had already held a successful London season at the Savoy, and those productions had been joined by a double-bill of Pinafore and Trial By Jury. It was the last four that were brought on the company's first visit to Edinburgh (they had previously travelled to Aberdeen with Mikado and Pirates).

The schedule for the week, commencing  Monday 14 May, was: Mon Pirates; Tue Pirates; Wed Mikado; Thu Mikado; Fri Pinafore & Trial; Sat m & e Pinafore & Trial.

This production was given as the first part of a double-bill concluding with Trial By Jury. The performance was fresh and lively, though the set was perhaps the only major novelty in presentation - the stage floor was a giant Union Jack on a split level to represent the ship's two decks - a highly effective touch.

The text used showed some enterprise in opening out some cuts made either before the first night, or shortly after. The main benefit was to expand the role of the usually near-invisible cousin Hebe - she was originally a more significant character.

Performance Cast

Little Buttercup Mrs Cripps, a Portsmouth Bumboat Woman

Susan Gorton

Bill Bobstay Boatswain's mate

Paul Parfitt

Dick Deadeye Able Seaman

John Rath

Bob Becket Carpenter's Mate

Tim Menah

Ralph Rackstraw Able Seaman

Philip Creasy

Captain Corcoran commanding H.M.S. Pinafore

Alan Oke

Josephine the Captain's Daughter

Deborah Rees

Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Porter, KCB First Lord of the Admiralty

Eric Roberts

Hebe Sir Joseph's First Cousin

Thora Ker

Performance DatesH M S Pinafore 1990

Map List

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

18 May, 19.30 19 May, 14.30 19 May, 19.30

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