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.
Producer/Director : Graham Weston
Musical Director : Keith Webster
|Sir Richard Cholmondeley:|
(Lieutenant of the Tower)
(under sentence of death)
(Yeomen of the Guard)
(a Strolling Jester)
|First Citizen/The Headsman:||Ian Castle|
|Second Citizen :||Martin Ripley|
|First Yeoman :||Stephen Roe|
|Second Yeoman :||Paul Child|
|Elsie Maynard :|
(a Strolling Singer)
|Phoebe Meryll :|
(Sergeant Meryll's Daughter)
|Dame Carruthers :|
(Housekeeper to the Tower)