Upwell Gilbert & Sullivan Society preparing for production of Patience

FINAL preparations are under way for Upwell Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s production of Patience.

The show was the sixth collaboration between Gilbert & Sullivan and opened on April 23, 1881 at the Opera Comique before moving to D’Oyly Carte’s new theature, the electrically lit Savoy.

It ran for a combined total of 578 performances, the second longest run of any of the series behind The Mikado.

Patience satirizes the “aesthetic craze” of the 1870s and 80s when the output of poets, composers, painters and designers was prolific but, some argued, empty and self-indulgent.

This artistic movement was so popular and so easy to ridicule as a meaningless fad that it made Patience a big hit at the time.

The show runs at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Outwell, from April 26-28. Performances start at 7.30pm each night.

Tickets cost �7 for adults and �4 for juniors and can be booked by calling the box office on 01945 773070.

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