The Durham Savoyards, Ltd. Present


Postponed from March 27-29
Friday, August 7 - 8 PM | Saturday, August 8 - 7 PM | Sunday, August 9 - 3 PM

UPDATE: The Durham Savoyards presentation of Gilbert & Sullivan's Patience originally scheduled for the Carolina Theatre of Durham on March 27-29 has been postponed to August 7-9 as a precautionary measure against the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). All ticket buyers are encouraged to hold on to their original tickets as these will be honored on the rescheduled dates.

Those buyers who do want to have their purchases refunded may do so by going to their original point of purchase. If you purchased online, please call Ticketmaster at 1-800-653-8000. If you purchased from the Carolina Theatre Box Office, in-person or by phone, please call (919) 560-3030 from Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. through April 17.

The Carolina Theatre of Durham apologizes for any inconvenience this postponement may cause.

CT Staff



Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience”

A poetical, aesthetical, comic operettical

On August 6-9, the Durham Savoyards, Ltd. will present W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s “Patience”, a musical in two acts. The Artistic Director is Derrick Ivey and the Musical Director is Joanna Sisk-Purvis.

When it premiered in 1881 “Patience” enjoyed what was then the longest initial run of any G&S operetta (later surpassed only by “The Mikado”).  When the production moved to the newly-built Savoy Theatre it went down in history as the first theater performance to be lit entirely with electrical lights.

While the story was originally set during the Aesthetic Movement in Victorian England, its themes of fleeting fashion, fads, and shallow fame are grounded in perennial human foibles that are always ripe for satire.  Our updated staging transports Gilbert and Sullivan’s rival poets into the mid twentieth century where Beatnik Bunthorne vies with Hippie Grosvenor for the affections of wholesome milk maid Patience.   Will Patience succumb to Bunthorne’s urban pseudo-sophistication?  Or will Grosvenor’s mellow flower-child grooviness win her over?  And what of ever-faithful but oft ignored Lady Jane?  Or the throng of fickle groupies and their less-than-hip suitors?

Join us for a fun-filled romp as we cut through posturing, preening, and bad poetry in search of true love!

No Cameras
No Outside Food or Drink
No Backpacks
No Video Recording Devices
No Weapons


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