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You can't hurry love

This Spring, the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Western Australia is proudly presenting Patience, a musical comedy about love, jealousy and utter foolery!

Tickets are now on sale for the strictly limited season at Dolphin Theatre, The University of WA (nine shows only).

Fashion, pretension, celebrity culture and the pursuit of love are the targets for the wicked wit of W. S. Gilbert and musical brilliance of Arthur Sullivan in this timeless musical comedy.

Oscar Wilde

Gilbert and Sullivan's hilarious satire on the "art for art's sake" movement, epitomised by Oscar Wilde and his followers, is a timeless take on the crazes, fads and fashions that have the power to enslave us all to this day.

First produced in 1881, Patience sees the finest and manliest specimens of Her Majesty's Dragoon Guards go into a state of shock when they realise that the hearts of the most eligible young ladies about town are being stolen by a pair of "beauty loving" poetry-worshipping dandies.

Oscar Wilde

Mayhem breaks out as they attempt to win their intended brides back to their side by any means possible. Even going as far as devising and declaiming poetry themselves and shedding their spiffing uniforms for something more erm exquisite?

Alan Needham

The production is directed by acclaimed G&S exponent, Alan Needham (HMS Pinafore 2017, Trial By Jury, Cox & Box 2015), who has appeared in all 14 of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operas.

Needham said Patience is one of the funniest shows in the G&S comic repertoire and that its nineteenth-century setting belies its contemporary relevance. "It is an eternal delight to see Gilbert gleefully pop the balloons of pretension and pomposity whether it be from fake poets overly fond of reciting their own verses or manly posturing," he said. "Patience is a rollicking romp through the follies of fashion and the foibles of the heart that will have you in stitches and chuckling long after you leave the theatre. And maybe even striking a few poses and reciting a few verses of your own!"

Michael Brett

Needham is joined by musical directors, Michael Brett (Iolanthe 2016, HMS Pinafore 2017, The Gondoliers 2018) and Georg Corall making his directorial debut with the Society.

The Society is thrilled to welcome back Ross Bryant as the poet Bunthorne (The Gondoliers 2016), David Cosgrove (HMS Pinafore 2017, The Gondoliers 2018) as Major Murgatroyd, Belinda Cox (Iolanthe 2016, HMS Pinafore 2017, The Gondoliers 2018), as Lady Jane, and Grace Feltoe (HMS Pinafore 2017, The Gondoliers 2018) as Patience with a superb cast of Society singers and a live orchestra.

Georg Corall

Tickets for the nine performance season of Patience are now on sale. Choose from the following performances:

  • Thursday 6th September, 7.30pm

  • Friday 7th, 7.30pm

  • Saturday 8th , 2.00pm

  • Saturday 8th , 7.30pm

  • Wednesday 12th , 7.30pm

  • Thursday 13th , 7.30pm

  • Friday 14th , 7.30pm

  • Saturday 15th , 2.00pm

  • Saturday 15th , 7.30pm
  • Secure your tickets today at (no online booking charges) or on 6488 2440 between noon and 4 pm, Monday to Friday. Tickets are priced from $19.90 to $59.90

    Join Gilbert and Sullivan WA for a night of musical comedy and mayhem this September. Patience is suitable for all ages.

    For more information on the production and to purchase tickets, please visit


    Founded in 1951, The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Western Australia has produced over 50 productions of Gilbert & Sullivan's extraordinary contribution to the musical theatre. Founded by Bernard Manning, the Society is supported by The Gilbert & Sullivan / AN Bullock Trust created in 1983 through the bequest of the late Arnold Bullock. Distinguished entertainer, Max Kay became the Patron of the Society after the late Sir Charles Court. Over seven decades, the Society has brought laughter and joy through the comedy and melody of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan to generations of Western Australians.

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    When: September 6 - 15
    Where: Dolphin Theatre, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA
    Cost: $19.90 - $59.90
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