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Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Patience’ at Haddo House Hall on April 12th, 13th .and 14th.

Haddo House Choral & Operatic Society present a production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Patience’ at Haddo House Hall on April 12th, 13th .and 14th.

The aesthetes believed that art did not have any practical purpose; it needed only be beautiful. They developed a cult of beauty, which they considered the basic factor of art – life should copy art, they asserted, not the other way around. Oscar Wilde was the most prominent of the poets of the movement.

Gilbert and Sullivan were writing operettas at this time and obviously found the movement a little ridiculous, with their poetic outpourings and dramatic posturings, and wrote ‘Patience’ as a hilarious satire on them. It was the partnership’s first big success, with delightful tunes and catchy duets and ensemble numbers. Although aestheticism is now long gone, the jokes are not lost on us these days; laughing at the pretentious is an enduring sport!

‘Patience’ can be seen at Haddo House Hall on April 12th, 13th and 14th at 7,30pm. Tickets are £18, £15 (concs) and £9 (for primary aged children) and discounts are available for block bookings on application.

‘Friends of HHCOS’ can take up the offer of a reserved comfortable armchair – application forms for ‘Friends’ are found on the Society’s website.

Tickets are on sale now online at and on 01651 851111

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