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Bunthorne’s Bride

All the well-born young ladies in the village, rapturously caught up in aestheticism, are in love with two contrasting aesthetic poets. But the poets are both in love with Patience, the simple village milkmaid, who cares nothing for poetry. Patience learns that true love must be completely unselfish — it must wither and sting and burn! The girls’ military suitors don’t see the point to aesthetics, but they decide to give it a try to win the women’s hearts.

Patience opened on April 23, 1881, at the Opera Comique and ran for 578 performances at both the Opera Comique and Savoy Theatre.

Durham Savoyards Performance History
  • May 20-22, 1971, Page Auditorium, Duke University

    Director: Samuel Selden — Musical Director: Allan Bone — Producer: Elvin Strowd

  • April 15-16, 1983, Page Auditorium, Duke University; April 20, 1983, Stewart Theatre, Raleigh, NC

    Director: Randolph Umberger — Music Director: Benjamin Keaton — Producer: Daryll Powell

  • April 28-30 and May 1, 1994, Carolina Theatre, Durham, NC; May 7-8, 1994, Thalian Hall, Wilmington, NC

    Artistic Director: Randolph Umberger — Music Director: Benjamin Keaton — Producer: Donald Fluke

  • March 30-31 and April 1-2, 2006, Carolina Theatre, Durham, NC

    Director: Derrick Ivey — Music Director: Alan Riley Jones — Producers: Karen and Charles Guidry
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