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Gilbert and Sullivan—and a double dose of Bluebeard

By Neil Norman   April 2017

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Patience English Touring Opera, UK tour 8th March to 3rd June

ETO makes its first foray into the world of Gilbert and Sullivan. While not a repertoire regular, Patience is a rewarding and amusing satire on the aesthetic movement of the late 19th century. The central character Reginald Bunthorne is modelled on poets Algernon Swinburne and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, as well as Oscar Wilde. G&S target the pretentiousness of empty-headed aesthetes as well as taking swipes at romantic love, rural simplicity and military chauvinism. They cook up…

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