Sailing in for songs

HMS Pinafore - Lytham Hall
HMS Pinafore - Lytham Hall
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HMS Pinafore sails into Lytham on the crest of a wave of success.

The third show in the open air season at Lytham Hall sees Illyria’s cast of seven bringing their production of the Gilbert and Sullivan favourite to Lytham Hall at the start of a demanding 53 date tour which is already proving popular.

Artistic director Oliver Grey’s production opened to a capacity audience at Winchester Cathedral last month and performances in Abergavenny and Chepstow castles have been equally well supported.

Oliver who has been at the helm of the company for 21 years feels that many of those who enjoyed Pirates of Penzance last summer will be on board for HMS Pinafore this year.

“People brought up on the traditional D’Oyly Carte style of Gilbert and Sullivan find our approach quite different,” said Oliver. “In HMS Pinafore the cast double up furiously which provides much of the humour, but it’s important too that we don’t lose sight of the need for top quality singing.

“The Lytham audience was especially responsive last year and the cast is really looking forward this return visit,” he said.

Musical director Ben Wiles is pleased with the way the cast has gelled together.

“The unsettled weather brings its own challenges, but it does make us even more determined to put on a first- class show at each venue,” he said.

Tickets can be purchased on-line together with details of the show on Illyria’s own website