Patience

Come one come all to Castle Burnthorpe, where the agenda is beauty, decadence and superficial romance! The ladies of the neighbouring village have turned their backs on the officers of the 35th Heavy Dragoons with which they had claimed to be in love with. Instead their affections are upon Reginald Burnthorpe, the aesthetic poet, who only has eyes for the village milkmaid, Patience. Unfortunately for Reginald, Patience has never been in love and has no intention of doing so, having seen how unhappy it has made the other women! With the ladies of the village spurning their former lovers over the colour of their uniforms, Reginald confesses to Patience that his aesthetic ideals are a sham and has no love for the movement, yet Patience still remains indifferent to his love for her, but instead is reunited with her childhood crush, Archibald Grosvenor or ‘Archibald the All-Right’ – another famous aesthetic poet. After being convinced by Lady Angela that falling in love is the right thing to do but not being able to do so with Archibald as it would be ‘selfish’, she gives in to Reginald’s affections. The ladies of the village, having lost their idol, turn to Archibald instead, much to his annoyance! How will Archibald cope with this newfound and unwanted attention? Will Patience and Reginald truly be happy together? And what about the poor officers of the 35th Heavy Dragoons?

Following the massive success of ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ came the ever more satirical 1881 opera ‘Patience’, prior to ‘Iolanthe’. ‘Patience’ took over the position of second longest running opera at the time from ‘H.M.S. Pinafore’ after total run of 578 performances. This work takes a look at the aesthetic movement from the 1870’s and 80’s through the satirical lens that Gilbert and Sullivan were known and loved for.

Our society has performed ‘Patience’ four times since 1978. To see the full page for the year you’re interested in, click on the relevant image below. To view the image galleries, head over to our Main Show page.

Click on an image and then click again on the caption to be taken to the page for that production.

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