Illyria – Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore

Illyria – Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore





Sunday 25 July, 2021

Bignor Park, near Pulborough RH20 1HG

6.00pm (Ends approx 8.10pm)

£28.60 (18 and under £5)

Please note: As you may have seen the forecast is not wonderful for Sunday but as with all our outdoor events the show goes on and will only be cancelled or stopped if considered dangerous. Outdoor events always come with the risk of ‘weather’ - rain or heat - so we advise to dress accordingly, but no umbrellas please as they block the view. Thank you!

G & S at the festival! For the first time in over a decade we bring operetta to the festival, the glorious grounds of Bignor Park providing the backdrop for the ‘Savoy’ classic.

Set on board the warship HMS Pinafore, the opera cheerfully mocks such great British institutions as Class, Patriotism and the Royal Navy. Josephine, the captain’s daughter, is in love with Ralph, a common sailor, but her father wants her to marry Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty. The couple are caught as they elope from the ship and Ralph is locked in the ship’s dungeon. Only when certain revelations are made by Buttercup, a dockside vendor, can everyone end up freely marrying their true hearts’ loves.

This wonderful comic opera gets the complete Illyria treatment, faithfully performed by a reduced cast on a beautiful nautical set.

The performance is outside. Please bring your own rugs or low backed seating and dress for the weather. Grounds open from 4.30pm for picnics.

Hot and cold (soft) drinks, bakery and ice cream will be available from The Hungry Guest.

Pre-order your grazing box from The Hungry Guest. Full details here including order form.

With grateful thanks to Lord & Lady Mersey

Generously sponsored by Carol Brinson, Gavin & Caro Darlington, HH Susan Hamilton QC, The Hungry Guest and Petworth Places