Swaffham Bulbeck Summer Theatre is proud to present a double bill of entertainment in 2018 – Gilbert & Sullivan’s enduring operetta ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ together with ‘Cox and Box’, a one-act comic opera with libretto by F. C. Burnandand music by Sir Arthur Sullivan. This was Sullivan’s first successful comic opera.
As in previous years the productions will be staged in the wonderful ‘Theatre in a Barn’, Downing Farm, Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambridge CB25 0NW; dates as follows:
Tickets are available via our website, www.sbsummertheatre.com or by e-mailing [email protected] or telephoning 07541 554845. For further information about the show please contact Ruth Dennis on 01638 730659.
Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ will be set in 1918,to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War. Sailors and Wrens keep H.M.S. Pinafore ship-shape while their Captain seeks to marry his daughter Josephine to the ruler of the King’s Navy. She would rather marry the common sailor of her dreams. In true G&S fashion no one is quite who they seem but in the end all are happy with their lot.
‘Cox and Box’ is pure Victorian farce/melodrama, telling the tale of two gentlemen who both rent what turns out to be the same room from Mr. Bouncer, an ex-military man. One sleeps during the day, the other at night, but they occasionally meet on the stairs. All goes wrong when one of them is forced to take a holiday! This delightful short piece ends with the discovery that Cox and Box are long-lost brothers.