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Did you know?

  • 1996 saw the fourth time the Society had produced "Patience".

    The production boasted some "clever direction and outstandingly original ideas" (said the Batley News). It included parading three of the male leads as a parody of Sgt Pepper's band.

  • "Patience" was first performed at the Opera Comique, London, on April 23, 1881. It moved to the 1292-seat Savoy Theatre on October 10, 1881, where it was the first theatrical production in the world to be lit entirely by electric light. This was the sixth operatic collaboration of the fourteen between Gilbert and Sullivan.

    From Gilbert's Bab Ballads:

    Bab Ballads, The Magnet and the Churn
    "The Magnet and the Churn"
  • Take a look at our previous productions of "Patience".

    2006 1996 1985 1971 1958.

Patience (1996)

Producer/Director: David Fletcher
Musical Director: Gordon Clayton


Officers of the Dragoon Guards
Colonel Calverley: Chris Sowerby
Major Murgatroyd:Keith Horner
Lieut. The Duke of Dunstable: Ian Townend
Reginald Bunthorne:
(a fleshly poet):
Malcolm Parkinson
Archibald Grosvenor:
(an idyllic poet):
Robert Thurman
Mr Bunthorne's Solicitor: Nigel Beverley
Rapturous Maidens
The Lady Angela: Stephanie Roe
The Lady Saphir: Alison Sowerby
The Lady Ella: Judith Gill
The Lady Jane: Joan Baldwin
Patience :
(A Dairy Maid):
Carol Parkinson
Ladies Of The Chorus:

Marie Bullock, Janice Child, Rachel Clegg, Margaret Hanson, Natalie Hanson, Elaine Mantle, Dina Powell, Sue Ralph, Sally Roberts, Debbie Stringer, Kathryn Thurman, & Dorothy Whitworth.

Gentlemen Of The Chorus:

John Berry, Ian Castle, Paul Child, David Hirst & Stephen Roe.

"Ruddigore" in pictures