The H.M.S. Pinafore, also known as The Lass That Loved a Sailor, is a comic opera which was first presented at London’s Opera Comique on May 25th, 1878. It should be relevant to discuss how successful this play was during its original running, having exactly 571 performances before fading off the stage – making it the second-longest running of a musical theatre piece at the time. The fourth collaboration between Gilbert and Sullivan, H.M.S. Pinafore was their first international sensation and eventually becoming one of the most intriguing plays of the era.
Queen Elizabeth I is perhaps one of the most influential and well-recognized figures in all of history. As the ruler of England and Ireland from November 17th, 1558 until her death on March 24th, 1603, Elizabeth I oversaw a cultural movement which propelled flourishing literature and exploration. While history tends to focus on The Virgin Queen’s influence and political reign, her own name and status as an author tends to be left out of the limelight.