Burly, barmy, and buoyantly brilliant, the return of Sasha Regan’s acclaimed all-male production of HMS Pinafore is a flagship of top rig theatre.
Apologies for the bad lighting quality!
Sasha Regan, who founded the Union Theatre in Southwark, made a splash several years ago with all-male productions of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas such as The Pirates of Penzance in 2012 (which I reviewed so So So Gay), which was so successful it even toured Australia as well as winning a What’s On Stage award. In 2014, Regan’s all male HMS Pinafore first set sail to more brilliant acclaim, again touring Australia and enjoying another illustrious run at Cate Blanchet’s Sydney Theatre Company. Now it returns to home shores, going from port to port (well, town to town, really).
The all male cast play both male and female roles, singing all music at the pitch it was written in: a challenge for the cast playing female roles. But what the all male cast brings to the operetta is a verve and tilted take on the barmy and scathing satire that’s already inherent in G&S operettas.
There’s a top cast involved too, including: Tom Senior who played Jesus in the recent tour of Godspell as well as understudying Bob Gaudio in Jesrsey Boys, Neil Moors who played Caiaphas in the UK tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, James Waud who played Magaldi in the UK tour of Evita, and Ben Irish who was cover for Sam Wheat in Ghost The Musical. Many of the 16 strong cast also appeared in the original production and Australian tour of HMS Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance.
HMS Pinafore is also choreographed by Lizzi Gee, who has worked on films such as Pride and countless West End and Off West End shows as well as Regan’s The Pirates of Penzance. Lighting Designer Tom Deiling has also worked on American Idiot, Miss Atomic Bomb, and Bare: A Rock Musical.
HMS Pinafore is currently touring. For tour dates and tickets, visit www.allmalehms.com.