Hayes Theatre

H.M.S. Pinafore

Directed by Kate Gaul

Everyone's favourite musical duo Gilbert & Sullivan bring us mistaken identity, class warfare, sisters, sailors and the trickiest of tongue twisters abound in this nautical caper. 

Kate Gaul’s vivacious, witty and saucy production of HMS PINAFORE is the perfect antidote to the daily news

H.M.S. Pinafore is Gilbert & Sullivan’s beloved comedy of star-crossed lovers, mismatched marriages and mistaken identities. Award winning director, Kate Gaul re-imagines this gender-bending, hyper-theatrical and kinky take on this Gilbert & Sullivan classic.

Overflowing with infectious tunes such as ‘I am the Monarch of the Sea’, ‘I’m Called Little Buttercup’ and ‘He is an Englishman’, H.M.S. Pinafore is a sharp satire of any social hierarchical system and asks the question "does love level all ranks?"

Pinafore's extraordinary popularity in Britain, America and elsewhere was followed by the similar success of a series of Gilbert and Sullivan works, including The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado. Don’t miss out on this rollicking farce and get set for some hysterical hi-jinks on the high seas. 


Hayes Theatre Co is a not for profit company governed by a Board of leading industry experts. Named after Australian musical theatre legend, Nancye Hayes AM, the venue is dedicated to honouring the vast history of Australian Musical Theatre and its practitioners and developing the next generation of performers, creatives and producers.

In 2012, a group of independent producers of music theatre works came together with the idea of creating a permanent home for music theatre and cabaret in Sydney. They were successful in securing the tender for the space at the Reginald Murphy Hall formerly occupied by Darlinghurst Theatre Company who had relocated to the newly built Eternity Playhouse.

The doors to Hayes Theatre Co opened on 7 February 2014 with the first performance of Sweet Charity produced by Luckiest Productions and Neil Gooding Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co. This inaugural production went on to be nominated for 8 Helpmann Awards, winning 3 Awards for Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography of a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical, followed by a national tour in 2015.

Since then, Hayes Theatre Co has continued to build on this success presenting an annual season of 8-10 mainstage productions, a Cabaret Season and a number of one-off cabaret performances. By providing independent producers with a venue to mount productions of new and reimagined musicals Hayes Theatre acts as a co-presenter of each production staged at the venue. Several productions that began at Hayes Theatre Co have gone on to interstate transfers and national tours including Blood Brothers, Heathers and Little Shop of Horrors.


“A joyous version of the Gilbert and Sullivan musical that most fans will love.”  (ArtsHub)

- ★★★★ ArtsHub

“The show is bursting with talent and expertise and basically it’s all joy and effervescence for the rest of the voyage.”   (Stage Noise)

- ★★★★ Stage Noise

“Turning the topsy-turvy of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s 1878 operetta inside out, this saucy staging of H.M.S. Pinafore is a delight from bowsprit to sternpost.”  (Audrey Journal)


 “Kate Gaul reinvigorates the comic operetta for an audience today, giving it a fabulous, fresh spin with her gloriously camp, glittery, cross-gender production.”  (Limelight)


“It’s always fun to see an actor steal a production, as Thomas Campbell does in the opening scene to Hayes Theatre’s giddy and hilarious new production of H.M.S. Pinafore.” (CityHub)


 “Gaul’s H.M.S. Pinafore is dazzling and oozing with personality”  (FlickFlick City)



Glen Street Theatre, 20 - 22 February
Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre, 25  - 29 Feb
Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, 3 March
Capitol Theatre, Tamworth 5 March
Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, 7 March
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, 10 March
Orange Civic Theatre, 12 March
Glasshouse Port Macquarie, 14 March


Touring February - March 2020. See bottom of page for venue list.


Director Kate Gaul
Music Director Zara Stanton
Choreographer Ash Bee 
Production Designer Melanie Liertz
Lighting Designer Fausto Brusamolino
Sound Designer Nate Edmondson

Starring Josef Ber, Gavin Brown, Thomas Campbell, Tobias Cole, Hannah Greenshields, Sean Hall, Bobbie-Jean Henning, Elora Ledger, Dominic Lui, Billie Palin, Zach Selmes  


If you are interested in touring get in contact!

Arts on Tour
02 9699 7133