Skirball Center for the Performing Arts - New York University

All Aboard! And Absurd!

“Pinafore will sweep you away.” The New York Post

This early satirical sendup helped Gilbert and Sullivan chart a new course of modern musical theatre. Lowly sailor Ralph Rackstraw has a problem. Or rather, two. He’s fallen for the Captain’s daughter Josephine, and to make matters worse, she’s been promised to the haughty Sir Joseph Porter. And although Josephine’s heart beats only for Ralph, she agrees to be a dutiful daughter and accept her role as Sir Joseph’s wife. Normally, Sir Joseph would boast his appreciation of equality among men, but when Ralph and Josephine eventually try to elope, he flip flops his position.  Speaking of flipping and flopping…Little Buttercup, the bumbling former “baby farmer,” admits her mistake from many years before—that Ralph was really born to the Captain’s parents, and vice versa. In the end, much rejoicing begins, as everyone finally finds true love. Even Little Buttercup!

Another season of hilarious heroes and heroines happily, and operatically, entertaining us as only New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players can – now in its 40th fantabulous year! To celebrate their Ruby Anniversary, they’re presenting a full season of classic Gilbert & Sullivan topsy turvy tales.

Whether you choose to enjoy the ghostly and ghastly satire of Ruddigore, the seafaring sensation that is H.M.S. Pinafore, a romantic ride with The Gondoliers, or all of the above, you’ll tap your toes and belly laugh to the longest-running professional Gilbert & Sullivan company in America.


Beyond the Stage


December 27 | 2:00 

FAMily Overture

You’re invited to a free musical introduction and plot summary made entertaining and informative for the entire family (12:45 in the theater).


December 30 | 3:00 

Bring Your Grandparents Day

Respect your favorite elders with a pre-show family overture (1:45 in the theater) and a backstage tour featuring the character of your choice following the performance!


December 31 | 8:00 

New Year's Eve Gala

G&S’s most beloved score and a little bubbly at intermission is just the beginning. An exclusive invitation to the cast party afterward completes the elegant affair.


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Gilbert and Sullivan Players 2014-15 Lineup

Ruddigore: November 1-2
H.M.S Pinafore: December 26-31
The Gondoliers: May 15-17