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.

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

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


James Pratt
Stuart Maunder
Assistant Director
Macintyre Howie-Reeves
Set Designer
Richard Roberts
Costume Designer
Roger Kirk
Lighting Designer
Trudy Dalgleish