HMS Pinafore and The Mikado at The Kings Theatre, Southsea

HMS Pinafore and The Mikado will be coming to the Kings.

HMS Pinafore and The Mikado will be coming to the Kings.

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HMS Pinafore has set sail for Portsmouth – and so has the Mikado.

The Yorkshire-based National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company will be coming to the Kings Theatre in Southsea on September 4-5 to perform these two operas as part of their first major national tour this autumn.

Who would have thought 140 years ago that these operas would remain as popular around the world in 2015 as ever

Ian Smith, Chairman and founder of the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company

Set in Japan, The Mikado tells the tale of Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado of Japan, who flees his father’s imperial court to escape marriage with Katisha, an elderly lady, and falls in love with a young commoner.

HMS Pinafore, set onboard the titular boat which is docked in Portsmouth, focuses on the love affair of the captain’s daughter, Josephine, who is in love with a lower-class sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, although her father intends her to marry Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the Admiralty.

Both comedies poke fun at the British class system of the late 19th century, when they were written, through light-hearted humour.

The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company was established in 1994 as the link between the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival, now in its 22nd year, and the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company.

Ian Smith, Chairman and founder of the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, says: ‘Who would have thought 140 years ago that these operas would remain as popular around the world in 2015 as ever, and that they would continue to be translated into new languages – Japanese, Hungarian, Estonian, Yiddish and many others. Earlier this year a production of The Pirates of Penzance was announced for South Korea.’

‘Our productions are faithful to the original foundations laid down by Gilbert himself through high quality acting and singing, colourful costumes and sets and a fantastic orchestra.’

HMS Pinafore is on Friday 4, The Mikado is on Saturday 5. Evening performance is at 7.30pm on both nights. Tickets: from £19.50, call (023) 9282 8282 or visit kingsportsmouth.co.uk

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