A Lyric Theatre Mainstage Production
Fully staged, with orchestra

Music:  Arthur Sullivan
Libretto:  W.S. Gilbert

Patience; or, Bunthorne’s Bride, is a satire on the aesthetic movement of the 1870s and ’80s in England, as epitomized by Oscar Wilde and Algernon Swinburne.  More broadly, it satirizes fads, superficiality, vanity, hypocrisy and pretentiousness; it also satirizes romantic love, rural simplicity and military bluster.

The Rapturous Maidens all “love” fleshly poet Reginald Bunthorne and his poetry.  The 35th Dragoon Guards, returning to the village after a year's absence, cannot understand this, as they were engaged to the maidens when they left.  Bunthorne, in turn, wants nothing to do with the maidens as long as they adore him and his poetry, preferring Patience, a dairy maid, who does not love him.  In fact she does not love anyone, because she does not know what that means.

This continues until Archibald Grosvenor, an idyllic poet, comes to the village and the maidens turn their attentions to him...

Patience was the sixth operatic collaboration of fourteen between Gilbert and Sullivan. It ran for a total of 578 performances, which was seven more than the authors’ earlier work, H.M.S. Pinafore, and the second longest run of any work of musical theatre up to that time, after the operetta The Chimes of Normandy, our August 2017 Discovery Series presentation.

First performed at the Opera Comique, London, on 23 April 1881, Patience 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.”

Performances at the San José City College Theater
  • Sat, March 17, 2018, 8 pm
  • Sun, March 18, 2018, 2 pm
  • Fri, March 23, 2018, 8 pm
  • Sat, March 24, 2018, 2 pm
  • Sun, March 25, 2018, 2 pm
Producer:  (TBA)
Stage Director:  Doreen Finkelstein
Music Director:  Jeff Yaeger
Vocal Director:  Paul Zawilski



Patience poster