HMS Pinafore


"HMS Pinafore", or "The Lass That Loved a Sailor."

The gentlemanly Captain Corcoran of the good ship Pinafore has a daughter, Josephine, who is in love with a lowly but gallant sailor named Ralph Rackstraw. The Captain forbids the marriage, wanting to match Josephine instead with the well-bred Sir Joseph, First Lord of the Admiralty. In the meantime, the Captain finds himself in nearly the same position as his daughter: his former nanny, Little Buttercup, falls in love with him, but he hesitates to reciprocate due to his higher social rank. The whole situation is turned on its head when Little Buttercup reveals a game-changing secret she has kept for decades. A rollicking farce with endearing characters, memorable tunes, and a hilariously happy ending.


Principal Characters

Sir Joseph Porter, K. C. B. (First Lord of the Admiralty)

Captain Corcoran (Commander of the H.M.S. Pinafore)

Ralph Rackstraw (Able Seaman)  - Pronounced “Rayf”

Dick Deadeye (Abled Seaman)

Bill Bobstay (Boatswain’s Mate)

Bob Becket (Carpenter’s Mate)

Josephine (The Captain’s Daughter)

Cousin Hebe (Sir Joseph’s First Cousin)

Little Buttercup (A Portsmouth Bumboat Woman)

First Lord’s Sisters, His Cousins, His Aunts, Sailors & Marines