HMS Pinafore

Award-winning outdoor theatre company Illyria will bring their fabulous production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore to Cromer.

“Top notch outdoor theatre” The Telegraph

Set on board the warship HMS Pinafore, the opera cheerfully mocks such Great British institutions as Class, Patriotism, and the Royal Navy. Josephine the captain’s daughter is in love with Ralph a common sailor, but her father wants her to marry Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty. The couple are caught as they elope from the ship and Ralph is locked in the ship’s brig. Only when certain revelations are made by Buttercup, a dockside vendor, can everyone end up freely marrying their true hearts’ loves.

This wonderful comic opera gets the complete Illyria treatment, faithfully performed by a reduced cast on a beautiful nautical set.


Now in its 30th year, Illyria has delighted audiences the length and breadth of the UK, and in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France, the United States and Canada performing some of the most well-loved productions on offer. The company has won 4 international “Best Performance” awards and attracted numerous “5-star” and “Critics’ Choice” reviews for the lively clarity of its approach to Shakespeare’s plays, the high quality of its family shows and the refreshingly quirky originality of its English classics adaptations and Gilbert & Sullivan musicals.

The old croquet lawn, outside North Lodge, is a special place for open air theatre.

Please bring blankets, low-backed chairs and a picnic.  Gates open at 17.30.

Advance tickets only £10; You can bring your tickets digitally, on a phone or tablet, so please don’t print them.

On the day tickets, if available, £15

Cancellation only in dangerous conditions or government restrictions. No dogs.

Illyria supports Equity’s ‘Professionally Made, Professionally Paid’ campaign for fair pay and working conditions



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