I’ve added some touches to Patience, and started in on the delightfully juicy Bunthorne. In Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic operetta, the poet Reginald Bunthorne is the epitome of the Aesthetic Movement, which swept England at the time (around the mid-1800s).
Over-dramatic and spouting ridiculously flowery poetry, Bunthorne is in love with Patience. Many young English women were infatuated with these dreamy literary types, but in this show Patience, who insists she has never loved anyone except a tiny childhood friend long ago, would just as soon have Bunthorne take his affections elsewhere. And there are plenty of maidens who agree with her, as you’ll see in the next post.