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FIRST PROVINCIAL PRODUCTION

From The Sheffield and Rotherham Independent, August 13, 1881

The Gilbert and Sullivan opera “Patience” was very successfully produced for the first time in the provinces at the Londesborough Theatre, Scarborough, on Monday week, August 1st. Mr. Arthur Rousbey is the “idyllic poet,” Mr. Geo. Thorne the “fleshly” one, Miss Ethel McAlpine the heroine, Miss Fanny Edwards the Lady Jane, and Misses Ella Chapman1, Elsie Cameron, and Clara Deveine the chief rapturous maidens. Mr. Rousby, Miss Edwards, and Miss McAlpine have long been members of Mr. D’Oyly Carte’s “Pinafore” and “Sorcerer” companies. Miss Ella Chapman used to be a member of Lydia Thompson’s troupe; Miss Elsie Cameron played the chief lady in the provincial “Upper Crust.”


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