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Petworth Festival: Illyria – Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore

Sun 25 Jul 2021 6:00pm

Bignor Park

Booking Details: See below

For further details see the Petworth Festival website.

Petworth Festival

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 drinks, bakery and ice cream will be available from The Hungry Guest. Picnic food and drinks will be available to pre-order from The Hungry Guest.

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