'HMS Pinafore' trio win four encores
By KEITH MANZIE I
Soprano Helen Roberts was in her very best voice as the fair Josephine, the captain's
daughter, in "H.M.S. PINAFORE" at HER MAJESTY'S on Satur day night-final produc tion of the current sea son of the Gilbert and Sullivan company.
Her liquid, perfectly con trolled singing was heard to advantage In her Act 11 solo,
"The Hours Creep On Apace." It was the outstand ing vocal contribution to the show.
Miss Roberts was also in line form in the sprightly trio with Eric Thornton and Grahame Clifford, "Never Mind the Why or Where
Colorfully dressed and attractively mounted "Pina fore" was a gap and generally pleasing per formanee.
It was notable (in addi tion to Miss Roberts' attrac
tive work) for giving Grah-j ame Clifford liis best role'
to date as Sir Joseph Por ter and for a crisp and dapper performance by Eric Thornton as Captain Cor
The little we saw of a more-restrained Jane Mar
tin, as Hebe, was also pleas ing. Richard Watson was a breezy Bill Bobstay; Richard Walker a satisfactorily men acing Dick Deadeyc; and Muriel Brunskill was. more relaxed than in previous roles as a bouncy Little Buttercup. Terence O'Dono ghue looked the clean-cut Englishman, Ralph Rack straw, to the life.