Ahoy there!: Classic opera HMS Pinafore coming to Richmond this summer


The event will be staged in Orleans Gardens on a specially built stage.


By Christine Dorisamy-Pillai

Richmond will welcome an all professional production of the Gilbert & Sullivan classic comic opera this summer.

HMS Pinafore will be staged in Orleans Gardens on a specially built stage, with the Thames as a scenic background.

The production is to be directed by Maurice Thorogood, an actor and director with a wide repertoire ranging from Shakespeare to pantomime. It will be choreographed by Hayley Newnes and musical direction will come from Robin White.

Together they will present Pinafore as a light hearted jaunt whilst at the same time remaining faithful to Gilbert’s signature pathos moments and intelligent plot twists all set to Sullivan’s vivacious score.

The show will also star Touch of Frost actor John Lyons, who is best known for his role as Sergeant George Toolan. Alongside him will be Marilyn Hill Smith who recently received rave reviews for her role as the Mother Abbess in the Sound of Music which has recently been on national tour.

“We’re hoping for 1,000 people per night, and such an event is a first for Richmond,” says Robert Ince, spokesperson for Richmond Council.

The show will run from August 22nd to September 1st, including the August Bank Holiday. Tickets are limited to avoid overcrowding so early booking is recommended. Picnic hampers can be pre- ordered on or guests are more than welcome to bring their own food to enjoy in the gardens.

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