HMS Pinafore comes to Pitmedden

the Illyria Outdoor Theatre Group will team up with the National Trust for Scotland’s Pitmedden Garden for a production of a Gilbert and Sullivan classic on July 25.

Now in its 21st year of open theatre, the group has chosen HMS Pinafore for its next production.

Set on board the warship HMS Pinafore, the opera cheerfully mocks such great British institutions as class, patriotism and the Royal Navy. Josephine, the captain’s daughter, is in love with Ralph a common sailor, but her father wants her to marry Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty

Oliver Gray, artistic director/founder of Illyria said: “This wonderful comic opera gets the complete Illyria treatment, faithfully performed by a reduced cast on a beautiful nautical set, and accompanied by a Musical Director on keyboard.”

The performance is being held in the Walled Garden at Pitmedden with gates opening at 6pm.

The performance starts 7pm and lasts approximately two hours and 15 minutes (including a 20 minute interval).

Ticket cost £12 for adults, £6 for children and a family ticket costing £32.

To purchase tickets call 0844 4932177 or e-mail

Theatre-goers are asked to bring own low seating/rug, warm clothing, picnic. Hot drinks will be provided at interval.

Later in the month, people are being invited to join head gardener Susan Burgess for a guided walk around the Walled Garden.

She said: “Let me give you the insiders insight into the day to day running of this world famous Walled Garden.”

The walk will take place on July 29 and last an hour from 3-4pm. In the stunning Great Garden, thousands of colourful annual bedding plants make up an elaborate summer spectacle.

The adjoining Museum of Farming Life brings the agricultural past to life. Visitors can also enjoy woodland walks and a fascinating herb garden.