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H M S Pinafore 1918D'Oyly Carte Opera Company

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On the 1918 tour, Pinafore only surfaced once at each venue, on the first Wednesday, preceded by Trial By Jury.


A Dundee Review

Dundee Evening Telegraph & Post: Friday, 25 October 1918

Her Majesty's Theatre - HMS Pinafore

 'There was a double bill at Her Majesty's Theatre last night.  Trial by Jury was delightfully played.  There was less of the rout about it and more of the musical play than has sometimes been the custom.  As for HMS Pinafore, it was given with splendid spirit.  The finale to the first act went with excellent swing, and easily earned an encore.

'In Trial by Jury, Mr Leo Sheffield, who played the Judge, was the life of the piece.  He also played Captain Corcoran in Pinafore with much distinction.  He looked the part, acted with a gracious dignity, and he scored a real success in “Fair Moon.”  In the absence of Mr M'Keown, Mr James Turnbull played the tenor parts.  His voice is of admirable quality and his high notes rang out well in solo and concerted music.  He acts well, and his duets with Josephine were artistically sung.   Miss Elsie Coram, as the Plaintiff in Trial by Jury, sang daintily and acted with arch humour.  The music for Josephine was well suited to Miss Phyllis Dicksee's soprano voice, and much praise is due to her finished singing of “Sorry Her Lot.”  Mr Henry Lytton played Sir Joseph Porter in a quiet, leisurely way that makes for the fullest effects of character and humour. Mr Hobbs' Dick Deadeye was also a notable performance, and Miss Bertha Lewis made a jolly, humorous bumboat woman.  Mr George Sinclair had parts after his own heart in both plays.


Casts are taken from the Dundee Advertiser and the Dundee Evening Telegraph & Post.

Performance Cast

Little Buttercup Mrs Cripps, a Portsmouth Bumboat Woman

Bertha Lewis (Oct 24)

Bill Bobstay Boatswain's mate

Frank Wilson (Oct 24)

Dick Deadeye Able Seaman

Frederick Hobbs (Oct 24)

Bob Becket Carpenter's Mate

George Sinclair (Oct 24)

Ralph Rackstraw Able Seaman

Edward McKeown (Oct 10)

James Turnbull (Oct 24)

Captain Corcoran commanding H.M.S. Pinafore

Leo Sheffield (Oct 24)

Josephine the Captain's Daughter

Phyllis Dicksee (Oct 24)

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

Henry Lytton (Oct 24)

Performance DatesH M S Pinafore 1918

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

10 Oct, 19.30

Her Majesty's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

24 Oct, 19.30

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