The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin is proud to present its Summer 2012 Grand Production of Patience; or, Bunthorne's Bride. Patience is the sixth operatic collaboration of fourteen by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. It was first performed in London in 1881, and was an immediate hit with audiences. Our last performance of this wonderful classic was in 1999. Patience, a hilarious and touching comic opera, satirizes the "aesthetic craze" of the 1870's and '80s, when the output of poets, composers, painters and designers of all kinds was indeed prolific but whose followers and admirers, some argued, were empty and self-indulgent. Patience has some of Gilbert’s finest comedy and Sullivan’s most captivating tunes, adding up to a masterwork fully equal to their very best. It has wit, charm, poetry . . . and a delightfully complicated love triangle - surely a perfect evening of musical entertainment for the whole family! Ralph MacPhail, Jr. and Jeffrey Jones-Ragona return as artistic and musical directors, respectively. Bill Hatcher returns as production manager.