The Yeomen of the Guard

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The Yeomen of the Guard (Opera) Gilbert and Sullivan

Souvenir Brochure  Australian Opera 1978 Season


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 Anson Austin, Narelle Davidson, Robert Eddie, Neville Grave, Alan Higgingson, Cynthia Johnston, Alan Light, Grahame Macfarlane, Kevin Mills, Kathleen Moore, Dennis Olsen, Russell Smith, Lesley Stender, Neville Wilkie

Conductor William Reid or Geoffrey Arnold
Producer Brian Crossley
Designer Paul Kathner

Size 205 x 300 mm Information and Pictures Something Very Beautiful
Condition: Used Good 8/10 Looks Good (some small cracks on spine and dog ears)

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