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"C" ('Patience' No. 1) Company in Dundee

The Dundee Courier & Argus and Northern Warder (Dundee, Scotland), Tuesday, May 13, 1884; Issue 9619.


As we anticipated would be the case, a very large audience assembled last night in the Theatre Royal to enjoy Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan's extremely pleasant opera of "Patience," and the audience was not more numerous than it was enthusiastic. Dundee theatre-goers are acquainted with the piece, but though most of them may have attended it when performed here two years ago, very few will fail to see and hear it once more. We can promise them a renewed treat, and assure one and all that they will suffer no reaction to their relish by hearing the work a second or even a third time.

The company is, taking it all round, an excellent one, and renders with grace the lively caricature of Mr. Gilbert, and sings with truthfulness the tuneful numbers of Mr. [sic] Sullivan. There are three members of the present company who performed in the opera on its last presentation in Dundee — namely, Miss E Cameron (Lady Jane), Mr. Walter Greyling (Archibald Grosvenor), and Mr. Byron Browne (Colonel Calverley). These gave the same satisfactory account of their respective parts that they did when last with us.

Miss Josephine Findlay gave a bright and sparkling personation of Patience, acting and speaking with a naiveness, and singing with an archness that added piquancy to the clever work of Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan. Mr. Shine acquitted himself in the arduous and difficult part of Bunthorne in a very artistic fashion, displaying no small sense of the humorous in his performance.

The chorus was well balanced, and sang with sweetness and well together. Many of the numbers were vehemently redemanded, and the dressing of the opera and general appointments were highly creditable.

The opera is preceded by as musical trifle entitled "A Private Wire," a telephone contretemps, provocative of mush laughter on the part of the audience. During the week the house will doubtless be still more crowded than it was last night.

The Era (London, England), Saturday, May 17, 1884; Issue 2382.

THEATRE ROYAL. — Lessee, Mr. W, M'Farland, — The Patience company, conducted by Mr. Ben Wilkinson, have attracted immense audiences this week. Everybody has been charmed with the singing and acting, and general regret has been expressed at the shortness of the engagement. Mr. Wilfred Shine as Bunthorne, and Miss Josephine Findlay as Patience, had most brilliant receptions on this their first appearance here.

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