H.M.S. Pinafore is a gentle satire that reprises a theme familiar to Gilbert & Sullivan devotees - love between members of different social classes. The plot revolves around a naval captain's daughter, who is in love with a lower-class foremast hand (a common sailor, well below officer rank), even though her father intends for her to marry the First Lord of the Admiralty, the cabinet minister in charge of the Royal Navy. As with many Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, a surprise twist dramatically changes everything near the end of the story.
Presented as an accompaniment to H.M.S. Pinafore is the one-act G&S operetta Trial by Jury, a satire of the legal system. As with all G&S operas, the plot is ludicrous but, by behaving as if everything were perfectly reasonable, the characters reveal truths about the common follies of men, women and society at large.
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