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Gilbert and Sullivan

Directed by Harry Yates

26th - 31st March, 1928

Patience; or, Bunthorne's Bride, is a comic opera in two acts with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. First performed at the Opera Comique, London, on 23 April 1881, it moved to the 1,292-seat Savoy Theatre on 10 October 1881, where it was the first theatrical production in the world to be lit entirely by electric light. Henceforth, the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas would be known as the Savoy Operas, and both fans and performers of Gilbert and Sullivan would come to be known as "Savoyards." Patience was the sixth operatic collaboration of fourteen between Gilbert and Sullivan.

The opera is a satire on the aesthetic movement of the 1870s and '80s in England, part of the 19th century European movement that emphasised aesthetic values over moral or social themes in literature, fine art, the decorative arts, and interior design.

Colonel Calverley Harry Smedley
Major Murgatroyd William D Lawson
Lieutenant The Duke of Dunsatble L Wharton
Reginald Bunthorne S W Dronsfield
Archibald Grosvenor Frank Henshall
Mr Buntorne's Solicitor H P Hobbs
The Lady Angela E Blease
The Lady Saphir Winifred Cottrill
The Lady Ella Dorothy Smethurst
The Lady Jane Hilda Livsey
Patience Dorothy I Marshall
Norman Austin, A G Bevan, F W Blease, Norman B Broadbent, Richard Chadwick, Roy L Farrington, Harry P Griffiths, Gilbert Horrocks, John M Horrocks, Archibald Marshall, Percy Ratcliffe, John Shore, Arthur Smithies, Arnold Whitehead
Gwladys Bailey, Elsie Boon, Ivy R Bray, Isabel Broadbent, Norah Cartwright, Queenie Eadington, Grace P Griffiths, Kathleen Ousey, Olive Marchington, Helen B Phillips, Doris Prichard, Edith M Smithies, Muriel M Stafford, Florence V Wharton, Annie Whitehead, G Muriel Whitehead
Rehearsals Accompanist Lilian Heap
Hon Stage Manager G E Mason
Hon Assistant Stage Manager J B Dean
Hon Electricians A B Mallinson M.I.Mech.E.,M.I.E.E.
J R Whitaker
Hon Property Master R Chadwick
Hon Wardrobe Mistresses Mrs Eva
Mrs Harcombe
Hon Sec and Business Manager T G Whitaker
Hon Musical Director Mr Lee Thistlewaite
First Violins Mrs Camden (leader)
Mr Hill
Miss Walsh
Miss Lockhart
Miss West
Mrs Bythell
Second Violin Mrs Mosscrop
Mr Haworth
Miss Brown
Miss Milnes
Viola Mr Godlee
Cello Mrs Scott Dr Blythell
Bass G Martin
Flute Mr Ridgeway
Oboe Mr Harker
Clarinet G Slade
First Bassoon W Johnson
Second Bassoon T Thornber
Trumpet R Wild
Trombone J Redfearn
Tympani Mr Ball
Piano Mrs L Heap
Scenery by Mr T ROBINSON, The Ark, Liverpool
Costumes and wigs by J M BURKINSHAW & SONS, Liverpool
Make Up by Mr N AVELING