HMS Pinafore by Gilbert and Sullivan will be performed next to Winchester Cathedral by open-air theatre group Illyria.
(TRAVPR.COM)UK - June 6th, 2012 - A special outdoor performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore is set to take place at Winchester Cathedral on Friday June 29th.
The comic opera will be staged by open-air theatre specialist Illyria and forms part of the city's Best of British Festival, which features a host of events designed to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics.
Tickets, which can be booked online from the cathedral box office, are priced at £15 for adults and £10 for children.
First performed in London in 1878, HMS Pinafore became Gilbert and Sullivan's first international success when the production travelled to New York.
It tells the story of captain's daughter Josephine and common sailor Ralph, whose plans to run away together are foiled when Ralph is locked in the ship's dungeon.
People heading to the show are advised to take low-back seating or a blanket to sit on, with picnics also encouraged. The performance is due to begin at 19:30 BST.
Winchester Cathedral, which boasts the longest nave of any cathedral in Europe, is a popular attraction for visitors to the city. Its other features include the illuminated Winchester Bible and 12th century wall paintings.
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