A bit of Titanic, a bit of Love Boat: Gilbert and Sullivan’s wildly popular operetta H.M.S. Pinafore has delighted audiences since 1878 with this nautically-tinged story of star-crossed lovers.

Ralph is a lowly sailor and Josephine is the daughter of the captain, promised to marry the Admiral of the Fleet. They plan to elope, but surprise disclosures are on the cards for them. Will a happy ending be on the horizon?

State Opera’s glorious cast features Nicholas Jones and Jessica Dean as the high-seas sweethearts, Jeremy Kleeman as the hapless Captain Corcoran, Ben Mingay as Sir Joseph Porter and Antoinette Halloran as Little Buttercup, alongside the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Pratt.

Jump aboard, we promise endearing characters, memorable tunes and rollicking good times.


 “This is a Pinafore to please all… Ben Mingay is comic gold. His performance is alone worth the price of the ticket.”

Glam Adelaide

 “The singing, staging, acting and technical side of this production are all flawless. The stalwart cast is terrific.”

Limelight Magazine

“Uproariously funny, it is absolutely unmissable. You may never have such a good time in the theatre as this.”


“What a splendid evening of nautical delight, all shipshape and Adelaide fashion. It’s worth seeing twice!”

The Advertiser

“A naughty, nautical, nicety that is sure to please any theatre goer who enjoys quality theatre and a good laugh. Bravo!”

Stage Whispers

Performance Dates

Friday 12 May 2023 – 7:30pm
Saturday 13 May 2023 – 7:30pm
Friday 19 May 2023 – 7:30pm
Saturday 20th May 2023 – 2:00pm


Her Majesty’s Theatre


1 hr 50 mins including interval


Premium $140
A Reserve $110, Conc $99, Child 3-17yo $30
B Reserve $90, Conc $81, Family (2 adults + 2 children) $219, Child 3-17yo $30
C Reserve $71, Conc $62, Family (2 adults + 2 children) $186, Child 3-17yo $30


Depiction of suicide


Ralph Rackstraw
Nicholas Jones
Jessica Dean
Captain Corcoran
Jeremy Kleeman
Sir Joseph Porter
Ben Mingay
Mrs. Cripps (Little Buttercup)
Antoinette Halloran
Dick Deadeye
Douglas McNicol
Cousin Hebe
Fiona McArdle
Andrew Crispe
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra


James Pratt
Stuart Maunder
Set Designer
Richard Roberts
Costume Designer
Roger Kirk
Lighting Designer
Trudy Dalgleish
Anna Tsirigotis
Assistant Director
Macintyre Howie-Reeves
Stage Manager
Jess Nash
Deputy Stage Manager
Emily Barraclough
Assistant Stage Manager
Charlotte Welden
Assistant Chorus Master
Kim Worley
Michael Ierace