|Patience > No. 1 Company in Glasgow
From Glasgow Herald (Glasgow, Scotland), Tuesday, September 26, 1882; Issue 230.
Mr. Burnand's satire, "The Colonel," having run its brief course at the Gaiety, we are this week sitting at the feet of Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan, author and composer respectively of "Patience" in which the æsthetic craze is skilfully illustrated from their poetical and melodious point of view. "The Colonel" was not as big a success as before. A crowded house was, however, brought together last evening by "Patience;" and as nearly everything was encored, it will be understood that the performance was a complete success.
The opera retains its freshness in Glasgow, and when a handsome audience has been attracted Mr. D'Oyly Carte's company are prepared to answer for it that everybody will go home well pleased.
"Patience" is not an opera the success of which may be secured by one or two vocalists or actors. The leading roles must of course be well bestowed; but that is not enough. Without a good chorus in addition, the lovely concerted music so freely introduced would suffer fatally. The company now appearing at the Gaiety satisfy all the requirements of the case.
Mr. George Thorne is a finished actor, with whom Bunthorne is safe. Mr. Thorne does not rest his reputation on his voice, and yet he sings pleasingly; many vocalists might take a lesson from him in articulation. Mr. Walter Greyling is the Grosvenor.
Miss Ethel Pierson takes the character of Patience, and sings and acts with equal charm. Miss Elsie Cameron, the rapturous Lady Jane, was encored for her leading melody; and the officers of Dragoons were capitally represented by Messrs G. Byron Browne, Albert James, and James Sydney.
The audience was an enthusiastic one. "Patience" will be continued during the week.
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