HMS Pinafore at The London Coliseum
Cal McCrystal comedy director and the mastermind behind some of the most celebrated comic scenes in theatre and film (One Man, Two Guvnors, Paddington) will direct a new production of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic classic − HMS Pinafore.
Lending his trademark slapstick humour to this farcical satire of the British class system, packed with witty characters aboard a grand naval vessel. This will be the first time that the ENO has ever staged this production.
HMS Pinafore’s score abounds with memorable musical moments: sea shanties, patter songs and witty reimaginings of patriotic anthems. A multi-talented cast brings Pinafore’s absurd characters to life. Making his operatic debut as Sir Joseph, First Lord of the Admiralty, is actor and comedian Les Dennis.
The seafaring set and costumes are by Greek designer takis whose work has graced the stages of theatres across the UK and abroad and whose installations have also appeared at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Design Museums in both London and Helsinki. Reuniting with Cal after working on the production of Iolanthe is leading West End choreographer Lizzi Gee and lighting designer Tim Mitchell.