USS Pinafore – The Live Mashup Of Gilbert & Sullivan and Star Trek [VIDEO]

Do you like 19th century musical theater and Star Trek? Are you looking for something to do in Los Angeles this weekend (or a weekend in June). Well you are luck as a local theater company is performing "USS Pinafore", a live mashup of Gilbert & Sullivan and Star Trek. See below for video and more info.


USS Pinafore – Gilbert & Sullivan meets Trek in LA

 The new musical play "U.S.S. PINAFORE" is being billed as an "outer space operetta adapted from the works of Gilbert & Sullivan". The Crown City Theatre Company in North Hollywood, CA has re-imagined the musical theater of the 19th century into the 23rd century of Star Trek. Here is the official description:

USS Pinafore takes Gilbert and Sullivan farther than they’ve ever gone before…to outer space! The nineteenth century ironsides of the title has been fitted with anti-gravitation gear and lasers set to kill! It takes to the air in a brand-new version that is guaranteed to blast you out of earth’s atmosphere and send you to a solar system filled with laughter and delight.

The trivial antics of G&S’s veddy British lords and ladies seem far less trivial when they’re fighting for their lives against alien lizard men! (okay… possibly slightly more trivial, but twice the fun!)

Here is a video preview:

USS Pinafore runs to June 27th on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. The Crown City Theatre in North Hollywood California at 11031 Camarillo Street. Tickets cost $25. More information at

The cast of the USS Pinafore

Star Trek and Gilbert & Sullivan

There were a couple of references to Gilbert and Sullivan in the Star Trek: The Next Generation era. First off Geordi LaForge was coaxed by Beverly Crusher into singing a bit from "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General" from The Pirates of Penzance in the TNG episode "Disaster." But G&S were most prominent in Star Trek: Insurrection, when Capt. Picard distracted the malfunctioning Data by getting him to sing "A British Tar" from HMS Pinafore. Watch that below:


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Wow a mix of Pinafore, Mikado, and Star Trek… I would love this being an Opera singer and a Trekker. lol.

Too many Red Shirts – Bad Omen!

That last clip from Insurrection made me remember just how AWFUL the last few TNG movies were. A karaoke program with a bouncing ball over the lyrics on a shuttlecraft? Really? Sheesh.

G&S + Star Trek. I just realized have been waiting for this moment my whole life.

Everythings up to date in Regial City
They gone about as fer as they can go..
Oh, sorry wrong song

Oh the Klingon and the Vulcan sould be friends…

G&S + Star Trek just don’t mix. Epic fail.

Oh Insurrection….

You worked so well as a 2-part episode, but failed so very miserably as a movie.

Three little maids from school arrrrrrrrr we
Pert as a school-girl well can be
Filled ta’ the brim wit’ girlish glee
Three little maids from school arrrrrrrrr we…

Oh, uh… sorry, ye’ caught me in tha’ shower… what’s this article aboot’ then?


Funny. Played in the pit on many a Gilbert and Sullivan. Fun but most of the usic seemed enterchangeable after a while.

Is this canon?

Surely the USS (nee HMS) Pinafore has cannon. So, thus and therefore….

about the Insurrection clip: as Picard said to Data in Nemesis, ‘A bit less florid, Data’ xD

Just watched Insurrection last week, about five years since i last viewed it ….I enjoyed it, for the first time, i just pretended it was a very expensive two part TNG episode, i can move on now lol

I’m not even sure Insurrection would have worked as a two-part episode. This was as boring as “Time’s Arrow”

didnt data also sing a gilbert & sullivan song at riker-trois wedding in nemesis?

#15, no that was Blue Skies by Berlin.

Wasn’t it Blue Skies by Irving Berlin?

@ 8, I’d hesitate to even say that it was a very good 2 parter

I liked Insurrection, and Nemesis, I can find faults with both but not enough to make me hate them. Just the same as i can find faults with the rest of the trek films.

I loved the the The Uss Pinafore bit.

Sorry, Wrath of Khan was perfect.

I find musicals abhorrant in general and this lame attmept at humor is quite a dramatic failure.

As a two-parter, Insurrection would have had a pretty good part 1 but confusing weak part 2. I can’t stand Nemesis. Having Picard freeze on the bridge because he has to kill his extremely effeminate clone is UNacceptable. He was assililated and unassimilated with less trauma.

This looks painful.

“HMS Trek-a-Star” used to a staple of TOS Filk, performed at Westercon in 1967 and Worldcon in 1968. Sounds like a great production though. All we need is Patrick Stewart to do a rendition of “I am the very model of a baldie-headed thespian”

@9: I would’ve expected BND to be singing the “Ruler of the Queen’s Nay-vee” song… :D

ahh yes it was Irving Berlin thanks for correcting me….I think Worf complained about Irving Berlin and Gilbert and sullivan hahaah

Did I mention that I once was the piano accompaniment to a production of HMS Pinafore?

Ah, the halcyon days of youth.

My best friend at the time — still my best friend for all these decades — played a lead role.

Where does the time go?

21. Dean Mellis – May 29, 2010

Sorry, Wrath of Khan was perfect.

Sorry Dean. WOK was a great movie but it was hardly perfect. What would have made it closer to perfect was not having a bunch of so-called augments who looked like kids in their late 20’s. Not only were they obviously much older than the 15 years since Kirk resettled the “supermen” but they behaved like run of the mill flunkies. If they had acted like the young augments in the ENTERPRISE episodes it would have been more believable. I could then see them overpowering the entire Reliant crew. And the fact that Khan was the ONLY survivor of the adults just makes it look more obvious. I would rather have had him found alone as a last survivor (which would have really fueled his hatred of Kirk) than what we saw.

#21 “Sorry, Wrath of Khan was perfect. ”

It had some bad plot holes and some cheese. In my opinion, it’s a good Star Trek movie, but far from perfect.

I liked Insurrection and the G & S scene is hilarious.

Why do I get the feeling that only the captain will survive the end of the play?

Next up…. The Klingons Of Penzance …..

Oooooooooooooooooooooooo, I am the Klingon King
You are, you are the Klingon King, And it is, it is a glorious
thing to be the Klingon king…..

– W –
* Smirks *