MUGSS 1969



The Lady Angela
Mary Turner
The Lady Ella
Janet Wunderley
The Lady Saphir
Judy Ashman
The Lady Jane
Pauline Butler
Sue Mosco
Major Murgatroyd
Ian Tovey
Colonel Calverley
Gordon Webb
Lieutenant the Duke of Dunstable
Alan Carlisle
Reginald Bunthorne
Ian Hamilton
Archibald Grosvenor
George Makin
Mr Bunthorne's Solicitor
Chorus of Rapturous Maidens (Sopranos)
Kathleen Akerman, Christine Bardsley, Shirley Bullock, Rosemary Cadman-Smith, Maire Casey, Liz Davidson, Sarah Devlin, Frances Hillis, Liz Howells, Heather Jones, Lorraine Kenny, Pam Mayoh, Carol McMahon, Margaret Mercer, Margaret Mill, Ann Rowbotham, Rosemary Smith, Rosemary Stace
Chorus of Rapturours Maidens (Contraltos)
An Austyn-Prys, Barbara Bond, Pam Bowler, Judy Grantley-Smith, Ann Harris, Brenda Hardman, Anne Herrmann, Karen Kedge, Eillen Murlin, Susan Pearson
Chorus of Dragoon Guards (Tenors)
Nick Henshall, Thomas Llewellyn, Alastair Matthews, James Tassel, Peter Wiles
Chorus of Dragoon Guards (Basses)
John Chapman, Mike Dudley, Geraint Griffiths, Alan Hayes, Simon Holland, John Humphreys, Galen Ives, Mike James, Mike Langford, Mike Lean, Bryn Llewellyn, Bob Standing, Alan Tooker, Ian Tovey, Howard Walter


David Hales
Musical Director
Keith Hoskinson
Stage Manager
John Lease
David Littley, Mike Harris
Ticket Secretary
Christine Taylor
House Manager
Jeff Brailsford
Paul Robinson
Margaret Brailsford
Programme Photos
Mike Maltby
Business Manager
Jeff Brailsford
Programme Compilers
Ian Hamilton, James Tassell, Heather Jones


"Patience", the sixth opera by Gilbert and Sullican, was first produced on Saturday, the 20th April, 1881. It succeeded "The Pirates of Penzance" and was followed by "Iolanthe". Much was said in the contemporary press about the 'highly topical satire' of the opera and, on a casual inspection, it would seem surprising that the opera still retains a certain amount of popularity. However, it should be borne in mind that the two rival gentlemen were originally aesthetic poets, then young curates, and finally aesthetes again in successive drafts of the libretto, and the satire of the opera therefore is perhaps aimed at fanatical adoration rather than at the aesthetic movement of the 'eighties. And we all know that fanatical adoration and admiration occur in every decade. We therefore feel that "Patience" can stand today with the very minimum of updating.
The original production of "Patience" ran for nearly nineteen months. It thus achieved the longest run of any of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas with the exception of "The Mikado", though it is not possible, at this distance in time, to say to what extent this resulted from the building of Mr. Richard D'Oyly Carte's new Savoy Theatre. The new theatre, the first in Europe to be lit entirely by electric light, was opened on Monday, the 19th October, 1881 with "Patience", refurbished for the occasion and transferred from the "Opera Comique". The honours of that first night went, perhaps appropriately, to Carte. "Patience" ran for a fruther thirteen months at the new theatre, until Wednesday, 22nd November, 1882, having achieved a total of 578 performances.


Complete recordings of this show (and all from 1964 onwards) can be purchased on CD from Mike Harris, our Society Archivist