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H M S Pinafore 1878Comedy Opera Company

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H.M.S. Pinafore enjoyed a startling success at its London premiere, and went on tour quickly, with a staging that reached Scotland within six months.

Arthur Rousbey set up his own company a few years later, touring serious opera, and Charles Campbell spent several seasons with Carl Rosa. J H Ryley was better known as a comic actor and playwright. The curtain-raiser performed every evening, preceding both Pinafore and The Sorcerer, was a farce by Ryley, entitled Congenial Souls, presumably with only incidental music, or less likely, none at all.

The conductor Hamilton Clarke would divide his time between the Bernard and D'Oyly Catre companies.

Cast details from The Comet in the Lamb Collection 253 (5) in Dundee City Library.

Performances in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen to be confirmed.

Performance Cast

Little Buttercup Mrs Cripps, a Portsmouth Bumboat Woman

Fanny Edwards

Bill Bobstay Boatswain's mate

Richard Cummings

Dick Deadeye Able Seaman

Arthur Rousbey

Bob Becket Carpenter's Mate

Mr E Frith

Ralph Rackstraw Able Seaman

Mr C J Campbell

Captain Corcoran commanding H.M.S. Pinafore

Michael Dwyer

Josephine the Captain's Daughter

Duglas Gordon

Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Porter, KCB First Lord of the Admiralty

Mr J H Ryley

Hebe Sir Joseph's First Cousin

Theresa Cummings

Performance DatesH M S Pinafore 1878

Map List

Theatre Royal, Dundee | Dundee

28 Oct, 19.30 29 Oct, 19.30 30 Oct, 19.30

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