Patience

Director – Lucy Seymore

Musical Director – David Hazeldine

Written when both Gilbert and Sullivan were at their artist height, Patience; or, Bunthorne’s Bride, is a comic opera in two acts with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. The opera is a satire on the aesthetic movement of the 1870s and ’80s in England and, more broadly, on fads, superficiality, vanity, hypocrisy and pretentiousness; it also satirizes romantic love, rural simplicity and military bluster.

Cast

Patience – Cat Thompson
Grosvenor – Dan Fletcher
Lady Jane – Sally Ellis
Bunthorne – Paul Seddon
Lady Angela – Cathy Spooner
Lady Saphir – Imogen Fletcher
Lady Ella – shared between Miranda Oliver and Petronella Kereszturi
Colonel – Andrew Few

Duke – Seann Wilkinson
Major – Geoff Lavers