The latest offering from the Hereford Gilbert and Sullivan Society is a charmingly twisted story of love across the classes. Josephine, the Captain’s daughter is in love with Ralph Rackstraw, a common sailor and he with her. Sir Joseph Porter KCB, who has risen to the highest rank in the Navy by sticking close to his desk and never going to sea, has his eye on Josephine and brings his sisters and his cousins and his aunts to check her out. Little Buttercup, ‘a plump and pleasing person’, having harboured a terrible secret for years, is finally forced to confess her misdemeanour, which results in everyone living happily ever after. This will be Alan Durman’s last show as Musical Director (although he will continue to tread the boards), and he is passing the baton to Hannah Roper, a music graduate and professional violinist who has been singing with the society from an early age.

HMS Pinafore, or the Lass that Loved a Sailor, is at The Courtyard from Wednesday, March 14 to Saturday, March 17. To book, call The Courtyard box office on 01432 340555 or visit Groups of 10 or more can book tickets for only £10 by contacting