Following last year’s rip-roaring 1920s production of Ruddigore, Bath G&S Society is back at The Wroughton Theatre, KES, from 28th – 31st May with 4 performances of Gilbert and Sullivan’s aesthetic comic opera, Patience.
Full of wit, charm, and a delightfully complicated love triangle, Patience (or Bunthorne’s Bride) is the sixth comic opera by the legendary duo (widely known for H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado). It satirizes the “aesthetic craze” of the 1870s when the output of poets, composers and painters was prolific but whose followers, some argued, were shallow and self-indulgent. Its topical theme meant that Patience was an immediate hit when it first opened at the Opera Comique in 1881, later moving to the Savoy Theatre and ending after an impressive run of 558 performances. It contains some of Gilbert’s finest comedy and Sullivan’s most captivating melodies – from the gentle “Prithee, Pretty Maiden” to the show stopping “So go to him” duet. There are also some catchy military numbers for the dragoon guards.
In the opera Patience, a simple dairy maid, is on a quest for the ‘utter unselfishness’ of true love. Yet no love story is without its difficulties as both the admired poet Bunthorne and Patience’s childhood companion Grosvenor compete for her affections – each believing they have the X-factor. Also, in the running are a group of lovesick maidens who reject their indignant military suitors in order to pursue their new idols.
The production will showcase the talents of over 40 singers and musicians who will present 4 fully-staged performances at The Wroughton Theatre, King Edward’ School from 28th to 31st May. Wednesday to Friday performances will start at 7.30 pm, the Saturday performance at 2.30 pm (no evening performance).
The principal line-up is as follows: Patience (Penny Withers), Reginald Bunthorne (Dave Key-Pugh), Archibald Grosvenor (William Stevens), Colonel Calverley (John Gardiner), Major Murgatroyd (Nick Lee), Duke of Dunstable (John Lewis), Lady Ella (Helen Davis), Lady Saphir (Lydia Stevens), Lady Angela (Sarah Nash), Lady Jane (Audrey Hutchison).
Viv Jackson, returns to direct her third production for the society and musical direction will be in the capable hands once again of Kerry Bishop.
Whether you are a seasoned Gilbert & Sullivan follower or new to comic opera, this performance of Patience is a ‘must see’.
For tickets contact the Society on 01225 400295 or Bath Box Office on 01225 463362.
Further details also available on the Society’s website: www.bathgands.co.uk