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Director - A K Craighead

Musical Director - George W Lingard



Director - John S Brewster

Musical Director - Reg de la Haye




Music by Arthur Sullivan (orchestrated by Peter Murray)  
Lyrics and Libretto by W.S. Gilbert  
Arranged by Peter Murray  

The Story

Reginald Bunthorne is idolised by the young maidens of the village for his aesthetic life-style. Much to their disappointment, though, he only has eyes for Patience.  She is aware of his feelings but is unable to return his affection as she believes herself incapable of loving anyone. When she is persuaded, however, that love is an unselfish emotion she sets about failing in love immediately out of a sense of duty. Although true love is revealed to her in the shape of Archibald Grosvenor whom she knew in her childhood, she is unable to accept his proposal. He is adored by women wherever he goes for his good looks and aesthetic tendencies and, for this reason, Patience realises that there would be nothing unselfish in loving so perfect a being. Instead she dutifully accepts Bunthorne's offer on the grounds that it 
 would be an unselfish act to love him against her will. With Bunthorne unavailable, the village maidens quickly turn their attention to Grosvenor, much to Bunthorne's annoyance. He resents the presence of a rival depriving him of the adulation he is used to and, in an attempt to regain his past popularity, he forces Grosvenor to change his manner and appearance to one of a commonplace young man. Sick of the constant adoration he attracts, Grosvenor agrees. Consequently Patience is free to return to him as there is nothing unselfish in loving an ordinary man; the village maidens follow Grosvenor's example in abandoning aestheticism and pair up with members of the 35th Dragoon Guards who have been vying for their attention all along; and only Bunthorne is left without a bride.    

What the Papers Said 


Evening News - " The good impressions formed of the capabilities of the Southern Light Opera Company in their performance of "Iolanthe" were, if anything , enhanced by their appearance in" Patience" last night at the Lyceum theatre.  That the company appeals to a wide circle was again shown by the crowded state of the house and there was no doubt to the appreciative spirit with which the opera was received.  

Evening Dispatch - " This popular organisation treated another crowded audience in the Lyceum Theatre last night to a fine performance of the well-known and well received and always welcome opera of "patience".  The entertainment was a great success, everyone concerned evidently doing his or her best to please.

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The Music Includes:

The Soldiers Of Our Queen
When I First Put This Uniform On
If You're Anxious For To Shine
A Magnet Hung In A Hardware Shop
Love Is A Plaintive Song
When I Go Out Of Door


Southern Light Opera Company 2005