Our next show will be Patience, one of the better-known G&S operettas.

It will be staged between the 15th and 18th of November 2017 at the usual venue, Ealing's Questors Theatre.

Full details will appear here in due course, so keep coming back.

In the meantime, to whet your appetite, here is is some information about Patience and, the plot and the characters you'll encounter on stage.

 

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Patience

Patience is a two-act comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan.
It satirises the English aesthetic movement of the 1870s and 1880s (‘Art for Art’s Sake – valuing beauty over all other, more practical, concerns). The opera pokes fun at fads, superficiality, vanity, hypocrisy and pretentiousness. It also mocks romantic love, rural simplicity and military bluster.

The Plot
Act I


A group of wealthy 'lovesick maidens', led by Lady Angela, Lady Saphir and Lady Ella, bewail their love for the aesthetic poet Bunthorne. But Lady Jane tells them he only has eyes for Patience, the village milk-maid. Patience says she has never loved anyone, and can't see why love makes the ladies so unhappy.
A group of dragoon guards, the ladies' former sweethearts, appear, led by Colonel Calverley, Major Murgatroyd, and Lieutenant the Duke of Dunstable. To their horror, the ladies turn up their noses at them - and even disparage their uniforms.
Bunthorne confesses that his aestheticism is a pose, because he enjoys their hero-worship. Patience tells him she doesn't love him, but then is made to feel guilty by Lady Angela, who tells her that true love is the only perfect emotion in a selfish world.
Patience then meets her childhood friend Grosvenor, another poet. They realise that Patience can't love him, because he's perfect, so her love wouldn't be appropriately unselfish.
Bunthorne, now Patience has rejected him, has decided to raffle himself off to his lady followers for charity. But Patience interrupts, saying she'll marry him after all, as a truly unselfish act. The ladies return to their dragoons... until Grosvenor enters, and the ladies immediately fall in love with him instead.
Lady Jane is the only maiden who stays true to Bunthorne.

Act II


Grosvenor tries to escape the admiring maidens. The dragoons, meanwhile, try to turn themselves into aesthetes, which rather impresses the ladies.
Patience confesses to Bunthorne that she really loves Grosvenor, which enrages him. He confronts his rival, and bullies him into becoming 'ordinary'. But Bunthorne, all ready to be idolised again, is disappointed when the ladies decide to turn 'matter-of-fact' too.
Patience realises that Grosvenor is now no longer 'perfect', so she can marry him without being selfish, and the ladies return to the dragoons.
Bunthorne is left with only the flowers that he pretended to love at the start.

Characters


Reginald Bunthorne – a fleshly poet
Archibald Grosvenor – an idyllic poet
Colonel Calverley of the Dragoon Guards
Major Murgatroyd
Lieut. the Duke of Dunstable)
The Lady Angela
The Lady Saphir
The Lady Ella
The Lady Jane
Patience – a dairymaid
Chorus of rapturous maidens and officers of dragoon guards

 

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