Review: Gilbert and Sullivan comedy opera Patience entertains Theatre Royal crowd
- Credit: Richard Hubert Smith
Patience, the first show to be performed at Gilbert and Sullivan's Savoy Theatre in 1881 is a comedy which satirises the pretentious nature of poets and the follies of love.
English Touring Opera's performance of Patience at the Theatre Royal, Norwich, gave a lot of pleasure to Gilbert and Sullivan fans on Saturday evening.
Director Liam Steel wisely opted for a production that was traditional.
Florence de Mare provided a single set that reflected the style and colours of the 1880s aesthetic movement and left plenty of space for a bevy of love-sick maidens and a troop of red-coated soldiers.
Bradley Travis and Ross Ramgobin made a good contrast as the fleshly and idyllic poets, with Susan Moore making good use of her ample charms and matching contralto tones in the role of Lady Jane.
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Luci Briginshaw was an excellent Patience in voice, appearance and manner.
Conductor Timothy Burke kept the music moving along briskly and found a lilting rhythm when a romantic sentiment was wanted.
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