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The Yeomen of the Guard (Opera) Gilbert and Sullivan

Souvenir Brochure  Brisbane Light Opera Company 1988


The Yeomen of the Guard; or, The Merry man and His Maid, is a Savoy Opera, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. It premiered at the Savoy Theatre on 3 October 1888, and ran for 423 performances. This was the eleventh collaboration of fourteen between Gilbert and Sullivan.

The opera is set in the Tower of London, during the 16th century, and is the darkest, and perhaps most emotionally engaging, of the Savoy Operas, ending with a broken-hearted main character and two very reluctant engagements, rather than the usual numerous marriages. The libretto does contain considerable humour, including a lot of pun-laden one-liners, but Gilbert's trademark satire and topsy-turvy plot complications are subdued in comparison with the other Gilbert and Sullivan operas. The dialogue, though in prose, is quasi-Shakespearian, or early modern English, in style.

Cast: Sharon Prero, Dean Prangley, Phillip Nash, Beverley Shean, Audrey Rodgers, Peter Flanagan, Rod Oianegonda, Colin Butcher, Ken Piaggio, Judith Henley, Celine Egar, Roger Howell, Keith Redhead, Robert Heather, Kay Shaw 

Conductor Deirdre Foyster
Directed by Stuart Maunder

Size 210 x 300 mm Information on Opera and Cast
Condition: Used Good 8/10 Small marks on white cover

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