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H.M.S. Pinafore (1997)


Drew Forsythe (additional material), W.S. Gilbert (operetta) (as William S. Gilbert) | 1 more credit »


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Credited cast:
Jon English ... Dick Deadeye
Amanda Muggleton ... Little Buttercup
Simon Gallaher Simon Gallaher ... Ralph Rackstraw
Rima Te Wiata ... Mrs. Cripps, aka Little Buttercup
Drew Forsythe Drew Forsythe ... The Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B.
David Gould David Gould ... Captain Corcoran
Helen Donaldson Helen Donaldson ... Josephine Corcoran
Jason Barry-Smith Jason Barry-Smith ... The Boatswain Bill Bobstay
Andrea Gallaher Andrea Gallaher ... Sister
Melissa Langton Melissa Langton ... Cousin
Marissa Craig Marissa Craig ... Aunt
Derek Metzger Derek Metzger ... Special Guest Nanki-Poo
Leisa Barry-Smith Leisa Barry-Smith ... Booth Singer
Miranda Freeman Miranda Freeman ... Booth Singer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Bodnar Peter Bodnar ... Sailor


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Musical | Comedy




Australia | New Zealand



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The character of "Little Buttercup" has been played by two different actresses in the two Esgee productions. In Australia, she was played by Amanda Muggleton, whereas in New Zealand, she was played by Rima Te Wiata. See more »


Version of H.M.S. Pinafore (1982) See more »

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And now for a different opinion...
24 January 2006 | by HannywooSee all my reviews

First of all I will admit that G&S is not my thing. I find the plots silly, many of the songs utterly boring and that the staging is often lacking in energy. I say this as a director myself, and having seen a particularly bad update of this show into the realms of star trek: the 'starship pinafore' no less.

However, in complete contrast to the other reviewer I found this production fresh, fun, self-consciously camp and at the end I found that I could actually like this G&S thing. I loved the camp choreography, the revolving set, the physical creepiness of Forsyth and its general lack of reverence. Above all it made the show accessible. It certainly wasn't without weak moments of course, some of the ad-libs were cringe-making, while there were times when the actors playing Josephine and Ralph just couldn't be understood - particularly in the upper realms of their registers. Similarly, I found some of the lighting fairly poor and uninspiring.

Nonetheless, I found this production engaging - good actors with good voices; characterisation that didn't make you want to knock sense into the ingénues is, in my eyes, a Good Thing. With a plot that is silly as anything it is clear that the interpretation was meant to reflect that silliness; meaning that when a moment of genuine emotion or sadness or regret was expressed, it was far more effective than a production, for example, that wanted to go heavily dramatic and serious.

I would recommend this show to someone who has never seen a G&S production as a nice segue into the other shows and interpretations. Although it was modernised and often tongue-in-cheek, I felt it never undermined the history of the show. Now I want to see the Mikado and Pirates of Penzance. And I never thought I'd say that.

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