Patience; or, Bunthorne’s Bride

Arthur Sullivan

June 2, 2017 at 7:30pm
June 3, 2017 at 7:30pm
Boston University Theatre

Patience; or, Bunthorne’s Bride

Music by Arthur Sullivan

Libretto by W. S. Gilbert

Sung in English

Run time: Two hours with one 15-minute intermission.

Wilde Opera Nights season sponsored by Randolph J. Fuller


A fully staged performance of the Gilbert & Sullivan’s famous exploration of Oscar Wilde’s world of the Aesthetes of Victorian England rounds out the Wilde Opera Nights season. Vanity, passion, and virtue challenge changing societal norms in this comédie célèbre.

“ “It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”

–Oscar Wilde

Cast and Creative

Gil RoseGil Rose

Aaron Engebreth Aaron Engebreth
Reginald Bunthorne

Sara Heaton Sara Heaton

Paul Max Tipton Paul Max Tipton
Archibald Grosvenor

Janna Baty Janna Baty
Lady Jane

James Maddalena James Maddalena
Colonel Calverley
Steven Goldstein Steven Goldstein
Lieut. The Duke of Dunstable

Jaime Korkos Jaime Korkos
Lady Angela

Sara Womble Sara Womble
Lady Ella
Heather Gallagher Heather Gallagher
Lady Saphir
Sumner Thompson Sumner Thompson
Major Murgatroyd
Frank Kelley
Stage Director
Larry Sousa
Lina Gonzalez
Assistant Conductor
Amanda Mujica
Costume Designer
Dan Daly
Scenic Designer
Christopher Ostrom
Lighting Designer
Rachel Padula Shufelt
Hair and Makeup


English ballad opera, Italian opera, and French-style operetta thrived in England before the revolutions of the 1770s-90s, but in 1843, Parliament clamped down on popular entertainment. The new Theatres Act specified that saloons, gardens, and cafés providing music could only be licensed if run as “theatres:” the Lord Chamberlain could vet and prevent any new plays threatening “the preservation of good manners, decorum or of the public peace.” Promoters began to raise funds to establish new venues, and by the end of the century, London boasted several new houses dedicated to English comic opera.

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