Reginald Bunthorne is a poet, adored by all the ladies - except one. Patience, a dairymaid, cannot understand what all the other ladies see in him and wonders what love is. However, despite... See full summary »



(operetta) (as William S. Gilbert)




Cast overview:
Donald Adams ...
Derek Hammond-Stroud ...
John Fryatt ...
Sandra Dugdale ...
Anne Collins ...
Terry Jenkins ...
Shirley Chapman ...
Shelagh Squires ...
Patricia Hay ...
Roderick Kennedy ...


Reginald Bunthorne is a poet, adored by all the ladies - except one. Patience, a dairymaid, cannot understand what all the other ladies see in him and wonders what love is. However, despite her indifference to him, Bunthorne is in love with Patience and wants to marry her. Things are further complicated when another poet, Archibald Grosvenor, (a childhood friend of Patience) comes upon the scene and becomes a rival for Patience's hand. Archibald is immediately adored by all but one of the ladies (Lady Jane). The smitten ladies forsake Bunthorne in their pursuit of their new love, while Lady Jane continues to pursue her unresponsive target. Meanwhile the ladies are pursued, in turn, by their cavalry fiances, who patiently hope to win back their promised brides from the grasp of the two poets. Written by David McAnally <>

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This video was based on John Cox's production of the opera for Sadler's Wells (now English National) Opera. Many of the cast of the video (including Anne Collins and Derek Hammond-Stroud) appeared in the production on stage. Cox's version of "Patience" has been sold to many other opera companies, including Opera Australia. See more »


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Wonderful Gilbert and Sullivan farce
6 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am not an opera aficionado, but I do enjoy the Gilbert and Sullivan English comedy operas. Some family and friends are in the same boat. So, for others of like ilk who may be considering whether to watch a G&S opera, I offer this bit of encouragement. This performance of "Patience" is quite good. I can't compare individual performers to other opera actor-singers, but think that all in this cast did quite well. I agree with another review that some of the men seemed quite old for the parts of single cavalry lancers pursuing fiancés.

Donald Adams was quite good as Col. Calverly (was that a Gilbert malapropism for cavalry?), and I thought Terry Jenkins was a riot as Lt. The Duke of Dunstable (might he be a little unstable?). Sandra Dugdale was very good as Patience, and John Fryatt as Archibald Grosvenor was another riot. I think his long in the tooth interpretation of the arrogant poet was just right to bring on the laughs. He surely did with me. I wasn't as elated as some reviews are of Derek Stroud as Reginald Bunthorne. If Bunthorne was supposed to be a pan of Oscar Wilde, he should have been an actor of some physical stature. Wilde was huge and 6-foot-3-inches tall. Stroud was shorter than most of the women, so I found that to be a distraction in his mimicking or panning of Wilde's character.

Others noted the set for this production, and I agree. It's far beyond what one would see on stage, and excellently done. I think it adds something to the production – it allows for more fluidity between numbers and scenes. Overall, a very good production of "Patience," and one I think Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan would heartily endorse.

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