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INTRODUCTION

Patience, or Bunthorne's Bride, was first produced on April 23rd, 1881, at the Opera Comique, where it was an instant success. Later that year, it reopened at the new Savoy Theatre, where the success continued.

Patience is a satire on the aesthetic movement of the time, which was made popular by such people as James Whistler, John Ruskin and, most notably, Oscar Wilde. More than a century later, Patience continues to be one of the more popular and successful Gilbert and Sullivan operas.

The following discussion from members of the SavoyNet mailing list may shed some light on why this is so. Please bear in mind that the contributors are expressing their personal opinions.

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