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Patience was the 2017 production by the Julian - the Society's 96th.

It opened at the Questors Theatre in Ealing and ran, as usual for the Society, for four nights in November with a matinée on Saturday afternoon.  

Click here for a slide show of photos of the show. Click here for the show programme.

Patience is a satire on the aesthetic movement of the 1870s and '80s in England - on fads, superficiality, vanity, hypocrisy and pretentiousness. It also satirises romantic love, rural simplicity and military bluster.

The work was first performed at the Opera Comique in  London, on 23 April 1881 and moved to the Savoy Theatre on 10 October 1881, where it was the first theatrical production in the world to be lit entirely electric light. Henceforth, the Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas would be known as the Savoy Operas and both fans and performers of Gilbert and Sullivan would come to be known as "Savoyards."

The 2017 Julian production was faithful, as usual, to the words and music of the original but, as always, was given a fresh look and treatment at the hands of long-time professional director Fraser Graht with a superb set by Martin Jarvis, a member of the cast.