The ballet Pineapple Poll is a spoof of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. The plot is based upon "The Bumboat Woman's Story" of Gilbert's Bab Ballads, which was later developed by Gilbert into H. M. S. Pinafore. The story evolves around Pineapple Poll and her colleagues who are all madly in love with the captain of the good ship H. M. S. Hot Cross Bun. In order to gain admittance to the ship they disguise themselves in sailors' clothes, a fact which is kept secret from the audience until near the end of the ballet.
According to MacKerras, the British conductor who composed this ballet, "The score is a patchwork quilt of tunes from most of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas. Every bar of Pineapple Poll, even the short bridge passages, is taken from some opera or other."
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