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Monmouth Music Theatre’s 30th Anniversary - HMS Pinafore

HMS Pinafore

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Thirty years ago Monmouth Operatic Society mounted its first production, the classic masterpiece HMS Pinafore by the kings of musical satire, Gilbert and Sullivan. Not only did the original performance of 1878 cement one of the most successful artistic collaborations in history it became the cornerstone of musical theatre in Britain and especially America where it was a phenomenal sensation.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of their first production, Monmouth Music Theatre (formerly Monmouth Operatic Society) will be mounting three performances of HMS Pinafore at the Savoy Theatre from September 19th to the 21st. A truly motley crew of sailors are joined on deck by the pompous First Lord of the Admiralty Sir Joseph Porter who in turn is accompanied by his admiring sisters, cousins and aunts in this wonderful satire depicting division within rank and social class.

Included in the stellar cast is the NODA Best Musical Theatre Performance winner Andrea Pole, as Josephine, the love struck daughter of Captain Corcoran, sung by Adrian Whitehead, fresh from his triumph as Sweaty Eddie in MMT’s brilliant staging of Sister Act. Ruben Tourettes brings his incomparably zany comic timing to the role of Sir Joseph Porter. Little Buttercup, whose mix-up of the two babies she fostered causing almost insuperable problems, is sung by the remarkable G and S soprano, Di Sillman. Tenor Adrian Bevan displays his mellifluous and silky voice as Ralph Rackstraw, the lowly seaman who falls for the captain’s daughter.

Stage director Kate Russell guarantees a fun packed evening with her intuitive feel for dramatic comedy. In the orchestra pit, Monmouth Music Theatre’s music director Ian Russell, will direct soloists, the outstanding chorus and professional orchestra in what promises to be an eventful and hilarious performance. This is Gilbert and Sullivan at its very best!

Performances begin at 7.30pm and tickets are £12, available online and from the box office.


Welcome to Monmouth Music Theatre

Monmouth Music Theatre, formerly known as Monmouth Operatic Society, was formed in 1988. We are all amateurs who enjoy getting together, making music and having fun. We originally performed Gilbert & Sullivan, and over the years have presented most of their operettas. We have now widened our scope and performed Die Fledermaus, Merry Widow, Oklahoma, Calamity Jane and Annie Get Your Gun, My Fair Lady and Me & My Girl.

We perform one major show a year, usually in April, and then minor shows or concerts in the autumn. Our concerts are varied and have ranged from ‘A Night at the Opera’, consisting of well known opera solos and choruses, to ‘Magic of the Musicals’, consisting of many popular songs from such shows as Grease, Les Misérables, West Side Story and many more.

We meet every week, why not contact us or drop by. You will be made very welcome.

The Monmouth Music Theatre is a Registered Charity (No: 1154731) and is affiliated with National Operatic & Dramatic Association. You can also support the MMT by using EasyFundraising when you shop online.


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