Patience

Date 18th March 2014
Society Rose Hill Musical Society
Venue Guildhall Theatre, Derby
Type of Production Musical
Director Beverley Graham
Musical Director Margaret Slater
Choreographer Beverley Graham

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Author: Keith Scott-Savage

As Patience is seldom performed, it is not as well known at the other more popular Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas, but this production was as good as I have seen, with the tempo maintained throughout.

A colourful and imaginative set gave the show character from the offset, costumes too, were colourful and well collated.

Reginald Bunthorne was played with great conviction by Craig Arme, and Allister Jordan as Archibald Grosvenor gave a fine performance, both characters with good stage presence and fine singing voices.  In the title role, Nicola Harris gave a faultless performance, super dialect and vocal ability.  A very funny Lady Jane, played by Jayne Brewster Beard extracted every inch of comedy from the piece.  There was excellent backing from Peter Featherstone as Colonel Calverley,  David Fletcher as Lieut. The Duke of Dunstable, and Brian Meese as Major Murgatroyd.  Key highlights were the ensemble singing of the Love Sick Maidens, and the Dragoons, “The Soldiers of Our Queen”.

With a classy orchestra under the baton of Carl Smith, a very satisfying evening.