Utopia Limited Trivia No. 1
Only one Gilbert and Sullivan character has the distinction of appearing in two operas. In Utopia Limited, a company of six Englishmen, each representing some aspect of imperial Britain, arrive in the South Sea island of Utopia to assist the King in modernising his realm; and the last to appear is Captain Corcoran from H.M.S. Pinafore, with his catchphrase “What, never?” – “No, never!” – “What, never?” – “Well, hardly ever!” The fact that he has evidently regained his Captaincy after losing it at the end of the earlier opera, and earned a knighthood into the bargain (he is listed in the dramatis personae as “Captain Sir Edward Corcoran, K.C.B.”), is not explained.