The Cotswold Savoyards is pleased to present a double bill of musical shows: ‘Cox & Box’ by F.C. Burnand & Arthur Sullivan and Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ from Tuesday 9 – Saturday 13 June 2015 at the Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham.
H.M.S. Pinafore By The Cotswold Savoyards
Evening performances start at 7:30 pm and there is a matinee on Saturday at 2 pm.
‘Cox & Box’ was a collaboration between F.C. Burnand, editor of ‘Punch’ magazine, and Sir Arthur Sullivan. It’s a fast moving one act story of two men renting the same room from the rascally landlord Bouncer. Cox works by day and Box by night, so Bouncer gets double rent for his single room until Cox, having a day off, confronts Box! In the ensuing mayhem, the two tenants learn they’ve much more in common than simply sharing a room……
After this heady excitement, we take you off to sea with a traditional setting of Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ where Captain Corcoran’s daughter, Josephine, falls in love with lowly able seaman Ralph, despite her father’s wishes that she marry the First Sea Lord, Sir Joseph Porter. But surely true love must triumph over rank and station?!
Cox & Box by F.C. Burnand & Arthur Sullivan
Cox and Box; or, The Long-Lost Brothers, is a one-act comic opera with a libretto by F. C. Burnand and music by Arthur Sullivan, based on the 1847 farce Box and Cox by John Maddison Morton. It was Sullivan’s first successful comic opera. The story concerns a landlord who lets a room to two lodgers, one who works at night and one who works during the day. When one of them has the day off, they meet each other in the room and tempers flare. Sullivan wrote this piece five years before his first opera with W. S. Gilbert, Thespis.
Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore
H.M.S. Pinafore; or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and a libretto by W. S. Gilbert. It opened at the Opera Comique in London, England, on 25 May 1878 and ran for 571 performances, which was the second-longest run of any musical theatre piece up to that time. H.M.S. Pinafore was Gilbert and Sullivan’s fourth operatic collaboration and their first international sensation.
The story takes place aboard the British ship HMS Pinafore. The captain’s daughter, Josephine, 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. She abides by her father’s wishes at first, but Sir Joseph’s advocacy of the equality of humankind encourages Ralph and Josephine to overturn conventional social order. They declare their love for each other and eventually plan to elope. The captain discovers this plan, but, as in many of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, a surprise disclosure changes things dramatically near the end of the story.
Tickets For H.M.S. Pinafore By The Cotswold Savoyards
Tuesday £13 to £17, Wednesday to Saturday £15 to £19
£2 discount per ticket for groups of 10 or more
£7 per ticket for school groups
£10 per ticket for under 18s
Tickets from the Everyman box office; 01242 572573 or online www.everymantheatre.org.uk
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