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The Centenary Company

Nightly at 7.30pm, Saturday matinee: 2.30pm

Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8ES

Tickets: £12.50, £14.50, £16.50 (concessions £2 off); Saturday matinee family ticket: £45

Box office: 020 8858 7755 

The Centenary Company


(fully staged with 14 piece orchestra)

Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London SE10

10-13 November 2010

nightly at 7.30pm, 2.30pm Saturday matinee

 Director: Jerry Pinel Music Director: Elinor Corp  

Take a walk on the Wilde side in Greenwich this November

Greenwich Theatre will be getting aesthetic and poetic in November as the Centenary Company returns with its new production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s satirical musical Patience.

Set during the “Aesthetic movement” of the 1880s, when the young Oscar Wilde was attracting devotion and derision in equal measure for his verbal virtuosity and languid lifestyle, Patience follows arch-poseur Reginald Bunthorne as he models himself on Wilde in order to attract hordes of female admirers. But Bunthorne is determined to win the love of Patience, an innocent milkmaid – will the reappearance of her equally poetic childhood sweetheart thwart his plans? And how far will his fans’ macho ex-fiances go to win back their former lovers?

With Aestheticism serving as the template for subsequent crazes from Beatlemania onwards, Patience’s depiction of frenzied female fans and the often unscrupulous objects of their adulation remains deeply topical. With sumptuous costumes and scenery, the Centenary Company’s new production recaptures the style of Aestheticism while highlighting the timeless elements of Gilbert and Sullivan’s satire.

Formed in 1995, the Centenary Company is a Greenwich-based community group specialising in the shows of Gilbert and Sullivan. Following a long association with Blackheath Halls, the Company has presented annual productions at Greenwich Theatre since 2006. With a 30-strong cast and a 14-piece live orchestra, Patience reunites the creative team – director Jerry Pinel and music director Elinor Corp – behind last year’s hit production of The Pirates of Penzance and No Cards.