Overview


Synopsis

All of the maidens in the village are besotted with Reginald Bunthorne, a moody and handsome poet, but he has eyes only for the simple milkmaid, Patience. The problem? Bunthorne’s artistic ways are all just an act to attract women to him--he doesn’t even like poetry! Besides, Patience is in love with her childhood sweetheart, who happens to be a real poet named Archibald Grosvenor, but feels she cannot marry him because he is just too perfect. In the meantime, the serious (and decidedly non-poetic) platoon of Heavy Dragoon Guards that were meant to marry the village maidens find themselves dismayed and perplexed by their sudden loss of prospects. One of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most successful shows, Patience is a rollicking satire that pits the straight-laced ideals of the Victorian era against the passions and indulgences of the 1870s Aesthetic Movement, ridiculing each side of the spectrum.


Characters

Female

Lead

Soprano

Male

Lead

Baritone

Female

Supporting



Show Information

Book:
Lyrics:
Category
Operetta
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
First Produced:
1881
Genres
Comedy, Satire
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
1870s
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Medium
Dancing
Some Dance
Ideal For
college, professional, small budget
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult, late teen characters

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