The Yeomen of the Guard
A Lyric Theatre Mainstage Production
Fully staged, with orchestra

Music:  Arthur Sullivan
Libretto:  W.S. Gilbert

The Yeomen of the Guard corps was created in 1585 to guard the British Monarch and is still active today. Using the Yeomen to create a formal tone, Gilbert & Sullivan  created a more serious work, set in the Tower of London. Critics considered the score to be Sullivan's finest, including its overture.  Although the tone is the most serious of the Gilbert & Sullivan collaborations, there is plenty of Gilbert’s wit throughout, for your enjoyment!

Colonel Fairfax has been framed by his cousin and is about to be executed.  Sergeant Meryll, his son Leonard, and his daughter Phoebe plan a daring escape for him.  The plan depends on Phoebe wheedling the cell keys from Head Jailer Wilfred Shadbolt, who has a crush on her.

Two strolling players, Jack Point and Elsie Maynard, arrive at the tower.  Elsie, badly needing money, accepts 100 crowns to be married anonymously to Fairfax, being told that he will die in an hour.  But then he escapes...

There is also plenty of humor, as Phoebe toys with Wilfred, while Sergeant Meryll tries to avoid elderly Dame Carruthers, who "would marry but for a minute rather than die an old maid."

The Yeomen of the Guard was an immediate hit in London and New York.

Performances at the San José City College Theater
  • Sat, March 23, 2019, 8 pm
  • Sun, March 24, 2019, 2 pm
  • Fri, March 29, 2019, 8 pm
  • Sat, March 30, 2019, 2 pm
  • Sun, March 31, 2019, 2 pm
Stage Director:  Walter M. Mayes
Vocal Director:  Walter M. Mayes
Music Director:  Paul Zawilski

Producer:  Jeff Yaeger
Assistant Producer:  Doreen Finkelstein




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