According to a first night review in The Daily News on 27th may 1878 "the piece seems likely to have a long run". And here we are still performing HMS Pinafore nearly 133 years later. Actually the Times was a bit snooty about it, and felt Sullivan could do much better than wasting his time on comic opera with Mr Gilbert. Which just does to show you can't beleive everything you read in the newspapers.
I'm on stage next week - 7th to 9th April in St Ives - as Ralph Rackstraw in SIMADs production of HMS Pinafore. Full details and booking here www.simads.co.uk