|Patience >"C" Company in Glasgow
Glasgow Herald (Glasgow, Scotland), Tuesday, April 22, 1884; Issue 97.
Since "Patience" was last produced in Glasgow a sufficient interval of time has elapsed to invest it with freshness even for those who know its music tolerably well. Nor has the delicious satire of the author lost its savour, although the craze against which it is directed has long fallen into neglect. The music is pleasant if not profound, and the writing unique. We might believe, and with reason, that the composer repeats himself, and that the method of the author is unvaried, yet we never fail to enjoy these operas, with their charm of melody and colour and general refinement.
The company appearing at the Royalty Theatre this week is for the most part unchanged in composition. Miss Josephine Findlay now takes the part of Patience, the dairymaid, and sings and acts with fine appreciation of the music and the character. Mr. Wilfred E. Shine succeeds Mr. George Thorne as Bunthorne, and suggests his predecessor in make-up and voice and poetic rapture. Archibald, the idyllic poet who loves Patience with "a Florentine fourteenth century frenzy," is again impersonated by Mr. Walter Greyling; and the Lady Jane is once more admirably sustained by Miss Elsie Cameron, whose song, "In the coming by-and-bye," was the most artistically rendered number of the evening. But all the leading melodies were encored, some of them more than once, and at the close of the opera the principals of the company were called to the front. "Patience will be performed throughout the week.
The Era (London, England), Saturday, April 26, 1884; Issue 2379.
ROYALTY. — Lessee and Manager, Mr. E. L. Knapp. — The engagement of Signor Salvini did not prove so very great a pecuniary success as might have been anticipated. His Othello was the most powerful attraction, and drew another large audience on the Saturday evening, which cannot be said of either The Gladiator or Hamlet. About the artistic success of Signor Salvini in these plays, however, there is no question or doubt.
This week one of Mr. D'Oyly Carte's companies is appearing in Patience. Taken as a whole, the company is not up to the former standard. Mr. Wilfred Shine's Bunthorne make the excellence of his predecessor's performance stand out greater than ever. It is a fairly good attempt, nothing more. Miss Elsie Cameron is an admirable Lady Jane, Miss Josephine Findlay is an acceptable Patience, and Messrs. Byron Browne and Walter Greyling sing and act with taste and much discretion as Grosvenor and Colonel Calverley respectively [sic].
The chorus is very good, as is also the orchestra. It is with pleasure we chronicle the fact that the courteous and clever resident musical director, Mr. Tom Smythe, was last Friday presented with a very handsome marble clock by the members of the Royalty orchestra as a mark of their esteem. At the same time a valuable brooch and earrings were presented to Mrs. Smythe. The presentations were made by Mr. E.L. Knapp on behalf of the subscribers in a few eulogistic sentences, to which Mr. Smythe suitably replied.
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