The Yeomen of the Guard
Libretto by W.S. GILBERT
Music by ARTHUR SULLIVAN
Gilbert and Sullivan both thought this their best work. Gilbert supplied Sullivan with what he longed for: a libretto of real and bitter-sweet human emotions. Set in the time of Henry VIII, the hero Colonel Fairfax is to be beheaded, on a trumped up charge of witchcraft. However, he is saved by the bravery of the Meryll family, aided by the strolling players Elsie and Jack Point. Jack Point is arguably Gilbert’s ﬁnest character.
The closest Gilbert and Sullivan came to writing a grand opera, this is arguably the most performed opera written in English. Sullivan wrote ravishing music, supplied to Gilbert’s intriguing and serious plot.
Running time 2.5 hours approx (1 Interval)
This production is postponed due to COVID-19.