HMS Pinafore - Hackney Empire
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
REGAN De Wynter Productions in association with Hilary A. Williams are presenting Sasha Regan’s all-male H.M.S. Pinafore or The Lass That Loved a Sailor at Hackney Empire.
From the award-winning company responsible for the all-male productions of The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe and Patience, Gilbert and Sullivan’s fourth collaboration and first blockbuster runs from February 14 to Februry 23, 2014.
Dealing with the age old conundrum of love between social classes, HMS Pinafore has infectious tunes and a beautifully constructed libretto.
The cast includes Keith Jack (as Ralph), Neil Moors (Captain Cocoran), David McKechnie (Sir Joseph Porter K.C.B.), Alan Richardson (Josephine), Alex Weatherhill (Buttercup), Aidan Crowley (Dick Deadeye) and Richard Russell-Edwards (Hebe).
The Sailors and Sisters are Dale Page, Tommy Knapp, Paul McDowell, Shane Landers, Thomas Henson, Benjamin Wong, Ben Irish, Will Keith and Jacob Baumila.
Keith Jack is probably best known for his appearance in the BBC1 reality show Any Dream Will Do, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s quest to find a Joseph for his 2007 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, in which he was runner-up. He subsequently joined the UK Tour of Bill Kenwright’s production, playing The Narrator.
He then created the lead role of Charlie in the new musical Only the Brave, which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, after which he was asked back to take over the lead role of Joseph, which he played for three years. He has just finished playing the role of Alistair in the Edinburgh festival and UK premier of Sincerely Mr. Toad.
HMS Pinafore has choreography by Lizzi Gee, musical supervision by Michael England, musical direction by Richard Bates and designs by Ryan Dawson-Laight. Associate designer is Kingsley Hall.
Following the Hackney Empire dates, HMS Pinafore will embark on a UK tour.