★★★★★ “Hilarity with class - the hallmark of a Charles Court Opera”
Hackney Gazette on Patience
“The masters of G&S in small spaces” bring their “ingenious” production of one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s funniest operettas to Wilton’s, for three nights only.
Charles Court Opera are well known for presenting witty, exquisite G&S productions, and Patience is no exception. Directed by John Savournin, musically directed by David Eaton (the team behind the smash hit The Pirates of Penzance at Opera Holland Park) and designed by Simon Bejer (winner of Best Opera at the Offies), audiences can expect first class performances from a terrific young cast, led by Catriona Hewitson in the title role (recently starring in Scottish Opera’s The Gondoliers), and a host of beloved CCO regulars, including Matthew Kellett and Catrine Kirkman.
Gilbert’s pen was rarely sharper than when he wrote this delicious satire on artistic movements, hero-worship and meaningless fads. Patience brims with biting humour, over the top characters, and music that is by turns toe-tapping and sumptuous. It is a satire of the aesthetic movement that gained the support of Oscar Wilde, which CCO brings into the 21st century in this inventive reimagining.
This witty, intimate and sparkling CCO production is not to be missed.
Charles Court Opera is one of the leading chamber opera and music theatre companies in the UK. They are considered a champion of Gilbert and Sullivan, and recently collaborated with Opera Holland Park to present a smash hit production of The Pirates of Penzance. They have received multiple ‘Offie’ awards for their productions in London’s off-west-end, and this summer they return to OHP to create a new HMS Pinafore. Their productions have toured to venues ranging from pub theatres to concert halls across the UK, the USA and Europe, and they are committed to devising new work, education and outreach projects. Their notorious ‘Boutique Pantos’ have become a legendary part of London’s Christmas, known for their ‘off-piste’ nature and described by the Telegraph as “an annual madhouse”.
Press for Charles Court Opera’s G&S productions;
★★★★★ “an irresistible staging” - The Stage
★★★★★ “Five-star heaven” - Whats-on-Stage
★★★★ “Wickedly funny” - The Guardian
★★★★ “Exquisite, ingenious” - Evening Standard
★★★★ “Extremely well sung” - Time Out Critics’ Choice
Cast: Catriona Hewitson (Patience), Matthew Kellett (Bunthorne), Matthew Siveter (Grosvenor), Catrine Kirkman (Lady Jane), Matthew Palmer (Colonel Calverley), Meriel Cunningham (Lady Angela), Jennie Jacobs (Lady Saphir), David Menezes (The Duke), Dominic Bowe (The Major).
Director – John SavourninMusical Director - David Eaton
Libretto – W.S. Gilbert
Composer – Arthur Sullivan
Choreographer - Merry Holden
Original choreography – Damian Czarnecki
Design – Simon Bejer
Running time: 1hr 40mins plus a 20 minute interval