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Curator's Note:

Watch PBS Arts from Minnesota: H.M.S. Pinafore on October 14 at 9pm EST


Gilbert and Sullivan’s blockbuster is loved for its dynamite songs, gleefully entertaining story and saucy satire. The Guthrie Theater’s modern twist infuses the memorable melodies with fresh musical arrangements from big band swing to classic pop and new show-stopping choreography. Go behind the scenes with costuming, musical staging, set building and learn more about the Guthrie Theater. You can also watch the full performance here.


Performed by the Guthrie Theater and produced by tpt National Productions. Funding for H.M.S. Pinafore was provided by the Minnesota State Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008; the Blythe Brenden Fund of the Ted and Dr. Roberta Mann Foundation; Russell B. Hagen and Family; and the Margaret and Angus Wurtele Family Foundation.

Also, discover the Minnesota Arts Scene at TPT.

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Meet H.M.S. Pinafore's Set Designer

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When designing the set of H.M.S. Pinafore, Frank Hallinan Flood looked to the British Royal Naval Museum for inspiration. Flood transformed Guthrie Theater's thrust stage into a 19th century ironclad ship with a state of the art lift, trap doors, revolving sets and a deck for the orchestra. Flood and H.M.S. Pinafore Director Joe Dowling have collaborated on productions for more than 30 years.

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