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Gaiety Theatre Dublin D irec to rs : E a m o n n A n drew s. L o rc a n B o u rk e. F re d O ’D o n o v a n , D e rm o d Cafferky

RATHMINES and RATHGAR MUSICAL SOCIETY

presents

A Season of GILBERT & SULLIVAN Operas FOR TWO WEEKS COMMENCING MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20th 1972

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10p


A GAIETY EVENING FIRST ACT Meet in the Gaiety. Have a drink in comfort before the show. Bars open 7.30 p.m. Order and pay for drinks fo r the interval.

INTERVAL Y our drinks are ready and waiting for you at your table. You’ re saved time and trouble.

ENCORE Relax after the show. Have a drink. The bars are always open for half an hour afte r curtain fall.

AT P lU V M ib

W e trust you enjoyed your G aiety evening com e again! Licenced Bars on all Floors.


GAIETY SOUTH

KING

Telec rams : Gaiety Dublin Evenings 8 p.m.

THEATRE STREET,

DUBLIN

2

Telephone : 771717 Saturday M atinees 3 p.m.

Resident M anager JO E KEARNS

Rafhmines & Rathgar Musical Society COMMENCING MONDAY 20th NOVEMBER

The Gondoliers Monday 20th, Wednesday 22nd, Friday 24th, Saturday (evening) 25th, Tuesday 28th, Friday December 1st and Saturday (matinee) 2nd

Patience Tuesday 21st, Thursday 23rd, Saturday (matinee) 25th, Monday 27th, Wednesday 2Sth, Thursday 30th, and Saturday (evening) December 2nd.

Musical Director

TERRY O’CONNOR, L.R.A.M. Chorus Mistress

ALICE BARKLIE Settings designed and executed by

GAIETY THEATRE WORKSHOP ENTIRE PRO DU CTIO N BY

BERYL DIXON


Spectacular Comedy Pantomime OPENING DECEMBER 26th, 1972

Maureen Potter in

Dick W hittington starring DANNY C UM M INS With CHRIS CURRAN

VERNON HAYDEN

Barbara Brennan

Jim Bartley

Des Smith

World Famous PAVLOV’S PUPPETS CEC IL NASH

EDDIE WARD MILLS

G A IE T Y DANCERS

G A IE T Y SINGERS

THE BARRY CHILDREN

Special Guest Artistes THE GARCIA TROUPE C h o re o g r a p h y M A V IS A S C O T T

Script by W ARREN O’CONNELL Musical Director THELMA RAMSEY

Directed by URSULA DOYLE Produced by

Fr ed

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NO IV BOOKING


THE

GONDOLIERS

This very popular and wellknow n opera was given its first perform ance on Decem ber 7, 1889, the eleventh in the series of G ilbert and Sullivan operas. It is reported that ‘this first night was the most brilliant of all th e ir first nights and that at the close the com pany received an ovation that could be heard outside, above the roar of the S trand.’ It is the love story of tw o gondoliers and their pretty wives, and of th e ir entanglem ent w ith the Duke and Duchess of Plaza Toro and th e ir ‘beauti­ ful daughter, C asilda’, whose affections, however, are already engaged by her father’s drum m er boy, Luiz. Two duets between these tw o are among the most tuneful that Sullivan has written. The fam ous T a k e a Pair of Sparkling Eyes’ is a highlight of the second act. Several delightful quartets are also in the score, notably the elegant Gavotte in the second act, and some of the gayest and most exuberant music of all the operas. It was also responsible for an unusual acknow ­ ledgm ent of each o th e r’s work, when at the end of the first performance, G ilbert thanked Sullivan and said ‘the opera gives one the chance of sh in ­ ing right through the twentieth century with a re­ flected lig h t.’ One must agree that he spoke the truth. G. Mac N.

SINNOTTS FAMOUS FOR WHISKEY Opposite this Theatre


THE GONDOLIERS Cast Duke of Plaza-Toro ...................... PAT C A M PB E LL Luiz ......................................................

PAT SH ERIDA N

Don Alham bra ............................... BASIL HO LLAND M arco Palmieri .......................................... TE D RYAN Giuseppe Palm ieri .......................... FRED G R A H A M Antonio ................................. C A M ILLU S M O U N T A IN E Francesco .................................... D AVID M A T H E W S Giorgio

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A nnibale

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H EN R Y

K EN N ED Y

JO H N

M A G U IR E

Duchess of Plaza-Toro ........................... LU C Y LANE C asilda ...................... M AR IE C O N W A Y SHERIDAN Gianetta ..................................... F IO N N U A LA H O U G H Tessa

.................................................. JOAN

Fiametta Vittoria Giulia

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In ez ......................

RO O N EY

A N N CA H ILL

MONA

CONROY

BARBARA G R A HA M D O L O R E S BARRY

CHORUS OF CONTADINE AND GONDOLIER!

Messrs. Denis Leahy, Tom m y O ’Dwyer, David M athews, M artin Kelly, M ich ael Cullen, Tom B arragry, Joe Bevan, Alan Spence, John M ag ­ uire, Brian R eidy Ed D elaney, P. J. Curley. Misses M ary M cC an n , S heila M olloy, Betty Grimes, Dym pna Cummins, A ngela M cBrien, M yra O ’D onohoe, Ann Walsh, Frances Barrett, Elizabeth M cAuley, M arg aret C reed, Anne Crossan, Sally Young, Eva Staveley, Susan O ’Brien, N oelle Kennedy, Judy Falkner, C ath er­ ine Ryan, M ary Hoey, B reda Corless, Nuala Kealy, Eithne M aguire.

C achucha arranged by A lice Dalgarno and danced by Tom Singleton and Judy Falkner. S c en e : A ct 1 The Piazzetta, Venice. Act 2 Pavillion in th e P alace of B arataria.


PATIENCE Cast Colonel Calverley . . BILLY BLOOD-SMITH Major Murgatroyd MAURICE O’SULLIVAN Duke of Dunstable .................... JOE LANE Reginald Bunthorne EO IN O'BRIEN (The Saturday Matinee will be played by DAVID MATHEWS) Archibald Grosvenor JOHN CONROY DODO O’HAGAN Lady Angela Lady Saphir CLAIR KELLEHER Lady Ella LIZ WHELAN HEATHER HEWSON Lady Jane SHEILA SMITH Patience Solicitor ED DELANEY C HO RUS OF OFFICERS OF DRAG O O N GUARDS :

David Mathews, Paschal Walsh, Noel Byrne, Sean Hogan, Henry Kennedy, Michael Cullen, Pat Lawlor, Bernard Gorman, Brendan Galvin, Noel Magee, Joe Bevan, Terry McLoughlin, Dermot McGuinn. CHO RUS OF RAPTUROUS M A ID EN S :

Mary McCann, Rita Finan, Maura Cox, Anne Marie Kelly, Angela McBrien, Anne McEvoy, Lucille Foster, Mary Neville, Angela Walsh, Doreen Sheridan, Sally Young, Eva Staveley, Mona Conroy, Judy Falkner.

Scene: Act 1 Exterior of Castle Bunthorne. Act 2 A Glade.


FOR RATHMINES AND RATHGAR MUSICAL SOCIETY

Honorary Secretary

CLEM P RYAN

Honorary Treasurer

THOMAS MURTAGH

Wardrobe Master

PASCHAL WALSH

W ardrobe Mistress

CYNTHIA TAYLOR

Booking Secretary

FRED TAYLOR

Stage D irector Assistants

BETTY LONG DAPHNE MILLAR PAULA RYAN

Public Relations

GLADYS MACNEVIN

Party Booking Enquiries to FRED TAYLOR, Telephone 981249

Costumes by GINGS OF DAME STREET

FOR GAIETY THEATRE Stage Manager Assistant Stage Manager Chief Electrician

PADDY JONES GEORGE McFALL SEAN BURKE

Lighting Equipment by BOURKE STRAND ELECTRIC LTD-


PATIENCE Like many of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas ‘ Patience’ had a storm y beginning. A fter another o f the innumerable quarrels between the partners a fellow-com poser, Fred Clay, who had introduced the tw o some eleven years earlier, persuaded Sull­ ivan to ask G ilbert to w rite a verse-version of “ The M artyr of A n tio ch ” fo r the Leeds Festival, for w hich he had written the score. The oratorio had a great success and Gilbert, m ollified, was soon at w ork on a successor to “ The Pirates of Penz­ ance.” The aesthetic craze was at its height in London. O scar Wilde was to be seen regularly in tow n in unusual garb, and, says Hesketh Pearson in his biography, ‘the philistines led by George Du Maurier in Punch, w ere indulging in the pastime of pelt­ ing poets. Gilbert, who had a good eye to busin­ ess, saw w hich way the wind was blowing, and determ ined to add a few puffs o f his o w n .’ Sullivan, follow ing the success of his oratorio, dis­ appeared to the Riviera on a two-month holiday, w ith a part only of ‘P atience’ in his bag. Here he tem porarily abandoned com posing and interested him self instead in a schem e to flo a t a tram way com pany. He was back in London, however, in tim e to help G ilbert and Carte win a lawsuit ag­ ainst the Comedy Opera Company to prevent the latter from perform ing th e ir works. Only then did he settle dow n to com plete the score of ‘ Patience’. He had to w o rk overtime to get it finished by the day of production, and only started to score the w o rk ten days before the first night. He began to sketch out the overture forty-eight hours before the curtain w ent up. ‘Patience’ was first produced at the Opera Comique on April 23, 1881. It had an im m ediate s u c c ­ ess. The audiences soon overcrow ded the Wych Street Theatre to such an extent, that it was found necessary to transfer to the Savoy Theatre (to be the perm anent home o f the Gilbert and Sullivan operas) six m onths later. This theatre was the first in London to be lighted by ele ctric ity and to have the Am erican queue system installed fo r un­ reserved seats.


‘P atience’ played successfully till the end of the follow ing year. The story of the m ilkm a id ’s rom ­ ance w ith the aesthetic poet is a gay, satirical and very likeable one, interspersed w ith many lovely group and solo num bers including the splendid chorus of the Dragoon Guards; the duet ‘Prithee, pretty m aiden' between Patience and Grosvenor; Lady Jane ’s ‘S ilver’d is the Raven H air’; T h e Mag­ net and the C h u rn ’ w ith G rosvenor and the maid­ ens, and the beautiful sextette ‘ I hear the Soft Note’ at the end of the first act, sung by the three principal dragoons and their ladies. This opera was last presented by the Company in 1966.

COMMENCING DECEMBER 4th

DUBLIN GRAND OPERA presents

FAUST DECEMBER 4th, 6th, 8th and 14th

QUEEN OF SPADES DECEMBER 5th, 7th, 9th and 12th

ROSENKAVAUER DECEMBER 11th, 13th, 15th and 16th


When the curtain comes down come down to Jonathans After the final curtain take a tw o minute stroll to Jonathans in Grafton Street. There, in Jonathans Downstairs you'll be in perfect time for after-theatre meals. The cuisine always gets top reviews from theatre-goers. There is, of course, a w ine licence. And Jonathans Downstairs remains open until 1.30 am.

Jonathans Downstairs

39 GRAFTON STREET


Palm Grove Delicious Ice Cream Now on Sale in this Theatre

Perri Crisps The Fastest Selling Crisps in the Country RLO PRHSS LTD. D U BL IN #


1972 a season of gilbert sullivan