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Did You Know?

  • Our 52nd production and the 5th time for "Yeomen of the Guard". We welcomed Graham Weston as our Producer/Director, this time without Michael Kirby, with whom Graham had co-directed "The Gondoliers" in 1998. Graham has subseqently directed a further 12 productions (to 2018) and hence become our most prolific Director.
  • The "Yeomen of the Guard" (or The Merryman and His Maid) openened October 3rd, 1888, at the Savoy Theatre and ran for 423 performances. Many believe that the score is Sullivan's finest. Indeed, some enjoy Yeomen particularly because of its ever-changing emotional balance of joy and despair, love and sacrifice.

    Critics considered the score to be Sullivan's finest, including its overture, which is in sonata form, rather than being written as a sequential pot-pourri of tunes from the opera, as in most of the other Gilbert and Sullivan overtures.

    This was the first Savoy Opera to use Sullivan's larger orchestra, including a second bassoon and third trombone.

  • Take a look at our previous productions of "Yeomen".

    2012 2000 1990 1978 1965 1955

Yeomen of the Guard (2000)

Producer/Director : Graham Weston
Musical Director : Keith Webster


Sir Richard Cholmondeley:
(Lieutenant of the Tower)
Keith Horner
Colonel Fairfax:
(under sentence of death)
Ian Townend
Sergeant Meryll:
(Yeomen of the Guard)
Lyndon Wilkinson
Leonard Meryll:
(his son)
Jeremy Shoesmith
Jack Point:
(a Strolling Jester)
Malcolm Parkinson
Wilfred Shadbolt:
(Head Jailer)
Robert Thurman
First Citizen/The Headsman: Ian Castle
Second Citizen : Martin Ripley
First Yeoman : Stephen Roe
Second Yeoman : Paul Child
Elsie Maynard :
(a Strolling Singer)
Carol Parkinson
Phoebe Meryll :
(Sergeant Meryll's Daughter)
Stephanie Roe
Dame Carruthers :
(Housekeeper to the Tower)
Pamela Thorne
Kate :
(her Niece)
Karen Morton
Chorus of Yeomen of the Guard, Gentlemen and Citizens:

Tracey Barker, John Berry, Chris Duce, Rachel George, Harold Greenwood, Lyndsey Hanson, Margaret Hanson, David Hirst, Samantha Jones, Gill Leverton, Sue Ralph, Lyndsay Ripley, Sally Roberts, Alison Sowerby, Chris Sowerby, Neil Stones, Debbie Stringer, Kathryn Thurman & Dorothy Whitworth.

"Yeomen of the Guard" in pictures