October 2019



How quickly a maiden’s tastes change... Dragoon Guards are so last year.


Now it’s all things aesthetic, and poetry in particular. Or, to be more specific, the poet of the moment, Reginald Bunthorne, with whom all the ladies are now totally infatuated.


All, that is, except for the happy and carefree milkmaid Patience, who has yet to discover the joys of love. Bunthorne remains totally oblivious to his adoring and ever-present fan-club; he has however noticed, and fallen for the innocent charm of Patience.


But is Mr Bunthorne really so totally engrossed in his poetry as he appears?

Will Patience finally discover the meaning of love?

Will the Dragoon Guards be able to find favour with the ladies once more?


And... just supposing another poet should arrive on the scene... what might happen then?

And finally the burning question – just who will be Bunthorne’s Bride?


Join us for this tuneful and witty show to find out how the story unfolds!

Patience or "Bunthorne's Bride", the sixth Gilbert and Sullivan collaboration, opened on the 23rd of April, 1881 at the Opera Comique and ran for 578 performances. It moved on the 10th of October, 1881 to D'Oyly Carte's new Savoy theatre, the world's first theatre to be lit entirely by electric lights.






Lillian Russell as Patience at the Bijou Opera House in New York, 1882