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"PATIENCE" AT WEST HARTLEPOOL

From The North-Eastern Daily Gazette (Middlesbrough, England), Wednesday, February 14, 1883; pg. 3; Issue 4883

Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan's æsthetic opera "Patience" is this week being produced at the Gaiety Theatre by an excellent company under the direction of Mr. D'Oyly Carte. The witty playwright, Mr. Gilbert, has shown us the ridiculous side of many things, but we doubt if he was ever more successful in raising a laugh at the foibles of any section of society than in "Patience." The piece is thoroughly amusing, and the music of Mr. Sullivan is refined and excellently written.

Mr. Gilbert's books are infinitely superior to those of ordinary comic opera, and demand higher qualities in those who embody his characters; and in this respect the company at the Gaiety leaves little to be desired. Miss Marion Grahame, who has vocal qualifications above the average, make the most of the opportunities afforded by the character of Patience; and the "rapturous maidens" are effectively represented by Miss K. Cohen, Miss C. E. Cobbe, and Miss Florence Dysart, whilst Miss M. Inglis impersonates the Lady Jane. Mr. Richard Purdon and Mr. Allen Morris, as the pair of poets, are each good in their way, and Mr. A. Christian makes a dashing colonel. The staging is admirable, and the orchestra and chorus fully up to their work.


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