Our Omnibus-Box. The Theatre New Series 1887 December 1 10: 337 [unsigned review]

(the complete "Our Omnibus-Box" section occupies pp. 330-340 of this issue)

    On the merits of an opera that had a run of 600 nights on its first production, that has been heard in almost every part of this habitable globe and been enjoyed everywhere, there is not much occasion to descant. I shall therefore only say that the revival of Gilbert and Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore," on Saturday, November 12, at the Savoy, was a most brilliant success and is likely to prove a continued attraction. Never has theatrical realism come up to the scene representing the quarter-deck of the man-of-war, with its mizen-mast, the yards of which were manned by active sailors who had swarmed up the shrouds, its vicious-looking guns, hammocks neatly stowed, and boats at the davits. Of the original cast who appeared May 25, 1878, at the Opera Comique, Mr. George Grossmith is again the Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B., "ruler of the Queen's navee", Mr. Rutland Barrington, Capt. Corcoran; Mr. Richard Temple, Dick Deadeye; and Miss Jessie Bond, Hebe (Sir Joseph's first cousin); and these maintained their former reputation. Miss Geraldine Ulmar was the new Josephine and a most attractive one; an excellent actress, but was a little inclined to force her notes. Mr. J. G. Robertson was a great success as Jack [sic] Rackstraw, his sweet tenor voice added to the charm of the airs he had to sing. Little Buttercup was allotted to Miss Rosina Brandram, who was very pleasing, but has been heard to more advantage. Mr. R. Cummings, the boatswain's mate, did full justice to the now celebrated song, "He is an Englishman." The chorus, as usual at the Savoy, was excellent, several of Sir Joseph Porter's "sisters, cousins, and his aunts" having sustained the same characters on the original production.


transcribed by Helga J. Perry, 25 November 2000