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Patience (1982)

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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 »



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Cast overview:
Donald Adams ...
Derek Hammond-Stroud ...
John Fryatt ...
Sandra Dugdale ...
Anne Collins ...
Terry Jenkins ...
Shirley Chapman ...
Shelagh Squires ...
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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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Pales in comparison to the Australia Opera performance, but still one of the better entries of the D'Oyly Carte series
24 June 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As much as I do love Gilbert and Sullivan, I have found the 1982-3 D'Oyly Carte productions rather hit-and-miss, with some greats like the Sorcerer, Cox and Box and Iolanthe and some disappointments like Pirates of Penzanze, Yeomen and HMS Pinafore. This performance of Patience is one of the better ones of the series, even if it pales to the Australia Opera performance which had more of a sense of atmosphere and the performers of roles like Grosvenor especially more aesthetically suited. It is all very colourful visually, with handsome costumes and sets, that is enhanced by some good video directing and picture quality(the productions of the series I named as disappointments didn't have these). The sound is not mind-blowing but again better than Pinafore or Penzanze, while the orchestral playing and conducting are outstanding, the choreography witty and the chorus well blended, animated and photogenic. The performances are generally fine with some good delivery of the dialogue, though as Grosvenor I did think John Fryatt was rather long-in-the-tooth for the part. However, Sandra Dugdale is a very funny and suitably delectable Patience, and Donald Adams with his star power and sense of comic timing manages to be even better than his Australia Opera counterpart. Derek Hammond-Stroud is very good as Bunthorne, and Anne Collins' Lady Jane as always is great value. Overall, while not my first choice I still enjoyed it. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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