Patience

Gilbert and Sullivan - Spring 2017

ETO’s first production of a light Gilbert and Sullivan opera.

Conductor 
Timothy Burke
Director 
Liam Steel
Lighting Designer 
Mark Howland
Designer 
Florence de Maré

Daily Mail ★★★★★
Guardian ★★★★
Times ★★★★
WhatsOnStage ★★★★

Patience, a light opera, by Gilbert and Sullivan is the duo’s extremely witty, infrequently performed little masterpiece about the Aesthetic Movement of the 1880s, with willowy poets, sighing maidens, hearty milkmaids and burly officers galore. Every tune is whistleable, every word worth hearing, and the humour is as fresh as it was at the first performance.

Sung in English with surtitles.
Running time: approx. 2 hours and 20 minutes (inc. interval)

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    8th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    10th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm
  3. Lighthouse, Poole
    17th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm
  4. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    20th Mar 2017 - 7:45 pm
  5. Churchill Theatre, Bromley
    24th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm
  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    31st Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm
  7. York Theatre Royal
    7th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
  8. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    10th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
  9. Curve, Leicester
    12th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
  10. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    20th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
  11. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    21st Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
  12. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    26th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
  13. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    27th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
  14. Buxton Opera House
    6th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
  15. Warwick Arts Centre
    8th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
  16. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    12th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
  17. Gala Theatre, Durham
    15th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
  18. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    24th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
  19. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    25th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
  20. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    30th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
  21. Norwich Theatre Royal
    3rd Jun 2017 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 8th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Hackney Empire — 10th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  3. Lighthouse, Poole — 17th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG

  4. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield — 20th Mar 2017 - 7:45 pm

    55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA

  5. Churchill Theatre, Bromley — 24th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm

    High Street, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1HA

  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 31st Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Aldeburgh Music, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP

  7. York Theatre Royal — 7th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm

    YO1 7HD

  8. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre — 10th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DE

  9. Curve, Leicester — 12th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Rutland Street, Leicester, LE1 1SB

  10. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 20th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  11. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham — 21st Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ

  12. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 26th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm

    6 St Edward's Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ

  13. Cambridge Arts Theatre — 27th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm

    6 St Edward's Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ

  14. Buxton Opera House — 6th May 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  15. Warwick Arts Centre — 8th May 2017 - 7:30 pm

    University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

  16. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury — 12th May 2017 - 7:30 pm

    The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS

  17. Gala Theatre, Durham — 15th May 2017 - 7:30 pm

    1 Millennium Place, Town Centre, Durham, DH1 1WA

  18. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 24th May 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  19. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 25th May 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  20. Hall for Cornwall, Truro — 30th May 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Back Quay, Truro, TR1 2LL

  21. Norwich Theatre Royal — 3rd Jun 2017 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

Timothy Burke

Timothy Burke

Conductor

Liam Steel

Liam Steel

Director

Opera Direction: Country Matters; Gianni Schicchi; Magic Flute (ETO); The Marriage of Figaro (OHP); Orpheus in the Underworld (RCM); The Singing Circle (ROH).
Theatre Direction includes: Jungle Book (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Barnum (Chichester Festival Theatre); Into the Woods (Delacorte Theatre, New York); Lord Of The Flies; Into the Woods (Olivier Award, Best Musical Revival); The Tempest (all Regents Park Open Air Theatre); Knots (CoisCeim Dance Theatre); Absolute Beginners (Lyric Hammersmith); Heavenly; Hymns; (Frantic Assembly); Oliver Twist; Tom’s Midnight Garden (Library Theatre).
Film: Liam was responsible for all the musical staging of the BAFTA and Oscar winning film of Les Misérables.

Mark Howland

Mark Howland

Lighting Designer

Florence de Maré

Florence de Maré

Designer

Cast

Lauren Zolezzi

Lauren Zolezzi

Patience

Ms Lauren Zolezzi will play the role of Patience on 8 & 10 March (London), 17 March (Poole), 20 March (Sheffield), 24 March (Bromley), 31 March (Snape), 7 April (York), 10 April (Wolverhampton), 12 April (Leicester), 20 & 21 April (Cheltenham), 26 & 27 April (Cambridge), 6 May (Buxton), 8 May (Coventry) and 12 May (Canterbury).

Luci Briginshaw

Luci Briginshaw

Patience

Ms Luci Briginshaw will play the role of Patience on 15 May (Durham), 24 & 25 May (Exeter), 30 May (Truro) and 3 June (Norwich).

Aled Hall

Aled Hall

Duke of Dunstable

Valerie Reid

Valerie Reid

Jane

Suzanne Fischer

Suzanne Fischer

Saphir

Gaynor Keeble

Gaynor Keeble

Angela

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

Colonel Calverly

Mr Andrew Slater will sing the role of Scarpia on 30 March (Snape), 25 April (Cambridge), 3 May (Buxton), 16 May (Durham), 23 May (Exeter) and 29 May (Truro).

Andrew studied at Royal Northern College of Music and St Petersburg Conservatoire. He has performed more than 75 opera roles including Lotario, Ariodate, Falstaff, Bottom, Bartolo, Blitch, Alfonso, Donald and Araspe (All ETO); Ben Selim (Royal Opera House), Nachtigal (Grange Park Opera), Golaud (Glyndebourne Touring Opera), Faninal (Scottish Opera), Basilio (Welsh National Opera), Sacristan (Opera North), Colline (English National Opera) etc.

Recordings include Nyman, Love Counts and Mozart 252 (MNR); Michael Berkeley, Jane Eyre (Chandos); Stravinsky, The Flood (Twentieth Century Classics).

Ross Ramgobin

Ross Ramgobin

Grosvenor

Bradley Travis

Bradley Travis

Bunthorne

Bradley Travis studied at RNCM and RCM International Opera School. At RCMIOS roles: Figaro Le nozze di Figaro, Don Iñigo Gomez L’heure espagnole and Lord Ellington La vie Parisienne. Other engagements: Minos Arianna in Creta and Argenio Imeneo (LHF). Won Basil A Turner Award for Count Robinson The Secret Marriage (British Youth Opera). For Garsington Opera he won the Leonard Ingrams and Helen Clarke Awards, covered Harašta The Cunning Little Vixen and Traveller Death in Venice. Debut Opera North as Figaro. Lesbus Agrippina (Iford Festival). Future plans include Masetto Don Giovanni with Classical Opera Company.

Jan Capinski

Jan Capinski

Major Murgatroyd

Patience showcases ETO at its very best. For its quality and its ubiquity it is not to be missed. Do yourself a favour and don’t.

WhatsOnStage ★★★★

There’s a strong set of principal performances in a fine show, with Bradley Travis an effusive joy and Ross Ramgobin hinting at star potential.

Guardian ★★★★

warm-hearted fun

Times ★★★★

…spot-on performance comes from Lauren Zolezzi

The Telegraph

The star of the show, as G&S intended, is Lauren Zolezzi’s Patience, pert and winsome but with a steely streak that wins the day.

Evening Standard

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    8th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm
  2. Hackney Empire
    10th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm
  3. Lighthouse, Poole
    17th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm
  4. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
    20th Mar 2017 - 7:45 pm
  5. Churchill Theatre, Bromley
    24th Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm
  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    31st Mar 2017 - 7:30 pm
  7. York Theatre Royal
    7th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
  8. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    10th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
  9. Curve, Leicester
    12th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
  10. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    20th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
  11. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
    21st Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
  12. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    26th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
  13. Cambridge Arts Theatre
    27th Apr 2017 - 7:30 pm
  14. Buxton Opera House
    6th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
  15. Warwick Arts Centre
    8th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
  16. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
    12th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
  17. Gala Theatre, Durham
    15th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
  18. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    24th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
  19. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    25th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
  20. Hall for Cornwall, Truro
    30th May 2017 - 7:30 pm
  21. Norwich Theatre Royal
    3rd Jun 2017 - 7:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. I have been following Gilbert and Sullivan for over 50 years. A really good production of any of the operas is hard to find these days. ETO,s Patience is an exception. This was pure magic, and at last one of the least performed savoy operas has risen to the cause. Congratulations ETO hope G and S is permanently in you repetoire....Tony Lancaster

    Said Tony Lancaster at 23:56pm on 20th Mar 2017

  2. As a former principal viola in the D'Oyly Carte orchestra, one word to describe ETO's Patience.Superb

    Said Peter Rose at 23:42pm on 12th Apr 2017

  3. "Patience" at Curve in Leicester was an absolute delight--what a wonderful volume of sound from a comparatively small cast and a modest orchestra--it just went to show what really well trained voices can do--there was not a weak performance from anyone--a great show--please consider doing other less well known G and S works--eg "The Sorcerer" and "Trial by Jury" which are getting few productions by the "big" companies.

    Said David Hughes at 11:45am on 13th Apr 2017

  4. Thanks for a great performance of Patience this evening at the Everyman, Cheltenham. It would be great to see your version of the Mikado, which follows on the Japan theme a few years later.

    Said Anne Strathie at 23:37pm on 20th Apr 2017

  5. Enjoyed the performance on Thurs 20 April. Good acting and singing. I think you should look at adding Gilbert and Sullivan to your roster for good.

    Said Rob Morgan at 07:51am on 21st Apr 2017

  6. Most enjoyable G & S performance I've seen in 50 years. It caught the Gilbertian mood exactly and was staged and sung with a cheerful perfection. Special praise to Bunthorne who brought depth and pathos as well as wit to the part - also to the conductor who seemed not only to be inspiring the orchestra but to be enjoying the proceedings as much as the audience. I shall certainly see it again later in the tour.

    Said Brian Joplin at 01:29am on 22nd Apr 2017

  7. Thank you for Patience. I haven't enjoyed anything so much for ages. It was sheer delight from the first note of the overture to the last curtain call. Please do some more G. and S. - perhaps Yeoman of the Guard? , said to be the one nearest to "true opera". I have enjoyed so many of your productions, but have very special memories of a performance of Don Giovanni (years ago), where the scenery consisted of three large moveable blocks. It was SO well managed and has stuck in my mind ever since. A big thank you for all the hours of pleasure you have given me.

    Said Elizabeth Mayne at 21:52pm on 27th Apr 2017

  8. I was brought up on G&S by my grandparents who could never understand why Patience was my favourite. Tonight I was able to return the favour and take my 85 year old grandmother to see what I can only describe as one of the best G&S productions I (we) have ever seen. I hope that ETO will continue to have G&S productions in its repertoire as I will be a faithful follower. Thank you for a real treat at Buxton this evening.

    Said Gemma Astin-France at 00:35am on 7th May 2017

  9. I saw a stunning performance of Patience at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre in April with exceptional stage craft from everyone especially Bradley Travis.
    Every theatre this production plays at deserves to be full because my comments are coming from a sixty year old not renowned for his appreciation of this theatre genre.
    FANTASTIC

    Said SYD EAST at 08:33am on 14th May 2017

  10. A wonderful show. Such beautiful singing by real professionals. It's been such a long time since G and S has been performed at the Marlowe in Canterbury. Hope you might bring another of their operas before long.

    Said Lesley Kirk at 13:09pm on 15th May 2017

  11. A magnificent production of Patience at the Churchill Theatre in March. It has stayed with me, as it was one of the best G & S performances I have ever seen - and I've seen a lot over the years. Thank you ETO! Please consider another Gilbert and Sullivan, Iolanthe maybe?

    Said Margaret Collins at 20:48pm on 29th May 2017

  12. Fantastic night at the Hall for Cornwall Truro. An evening of pure joy - and the most wonderful music . Special mention to Bunthorne- what an actor, what a voice!
    Thank you.

    Said Morwenna Vernon at 14:00pm on 1st Jun 2017

  13. Exceptional performance of Patience in Norwich. Beautifully directed, animated and choreographed. Excellent acting and singing with credible, believable performances from soloists and chorus. All this accompanied by an outstanding orchestra. I've seen many G&S performances over the last 50 years and this has to be one of the best. Well done ETO. I hope the cast enjoyed themselves doing this as much as we enjoyed watching - they certainly looked to be!

    Said Eddie Jones at 23:03pm on 3rd Jun 2017

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