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A Lyric Theatre Mainstage Production
Fully staged, with orchestra

Music:  Arthur Sullivan
Libretto:  W.S. Gilbert

There’s an English village which has seen its share of fads over the years: from hippie to hipster clothes, from dancing the macarena to the dab, from playing with pet rocks to playing with fidget spinners.  Now there’s a new fad that's all the rage:  aestheticism.   A modern revival of a 19th-century fad, aestheticism prioritizes “art for art's sake,” and its followers wear aesthetic outfits from that era, spouting poetry and carrying around poppies and lilies.    

A regiment of Dragoon Guards has returned to find that their fiancées no longer care for anyone who isn’t aesthetic.  In fact, they have all fallen in love with Bunthorne, an aesthetic poet.   Meanwhile, Bunthorne wants to marry Patience, the one woman in the village who does not care about aestheticism and doesn’t know what love is.   Then a rival aesthetic poet, Grosvenor, comes to the village and declares his love for Patience.  Who will win her love?  Who will end up as Bunthorne’s bride?

Patience was the sixth operatic collaboration of fourteen between Gilbert and Sullivan. It is one of the gems of the G&S canon, with witty lyrics, wonderful music, and a satirical take on fads and the people who follow them for shallow reasons. 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 theater 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:           Larry Tom
Stage Director:  Doreen Finkelstein
Music Director:  Jeff Yaeger
Vocal Director:  Paul Zawilski



Patience poster