By Gilbert & Sullivan
This special production was originally created for two charity performances at the Normansfield Theatre in Teddington; all proceeds went to the Langdon Down Centre Trust.
Anthony Baker directed this special production and the concept was written by Chris Crowcroft.
Act one was the recreation of the original rehearsal conditions of Mr D’Oyly Carte’s Opera Company, with a rehearsal in 1880’s period day clothes with original period scenery and authentic Victorian lighting to look like a working Victorian Theatre.
The rehearsals were taken by Mr Baker, Gilbert's stage manger. This was played brilliantly by one of our finest stage actors, Timothy West.
The performances resembled the rehearsal process as seen in Mike Leigh’s film Topsy Turvy.
Act two was performed in authentic copies of the costumes from the original London production. This proved an invaluable introduction to Gilbert and Sullivan for new audiences and a fascinating insight to enthusiasts.
We were the first professional company to use this rediscovered Victorian venue since 1909. This unique performance of Patience was recorded for DVD and the cast includes Anne Collins, Charlotte Page, Donald Maxwell, Simon Butteriss, Bruce Graham, Oliver White, Giles Davies, Liza Pullman, Lesley Cox and Rebecca Rudge and conducted by David Steadman as Alfred Cellier.
This concept has received such critical and audience praises that we are developing further productions especially as 2008 is the 120th anniversary of The Yeomen of the Guard. Carl Rosa has been invited to apply this same idea to a new working of Yeomen (view details).