The Yeomen of the Guard
Gilbert & Sullivan’s dark musical comedy of deceit and corruption, set in the bloody Tower of London. The ultimate operetta masterpiece.
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War hero Colonel Fairfax is to be executed on a false charge put forward by a cousin who stands to inherit his estate. Friends manage to smuggle him out of prison disguised as a newly appointed Yeoman. Meanwhile, Fairfax marries the performer Elsie, who will inherit his estate and thus thwart the scoundrel's plan. Add to the mix Elsie’s performing partner who is hopelessly in love with her, an incompetent jailer, and a crowd of bloodthirsty townsfolk, and we are ensured a plot full of love triangles, twists and turns, and intrigue.
Combining poignancy and tragedy with humor to an extent not seen in any other Gilbert libretto, and boasting some of Sullivan's finest work, Yeomen is the closest thing to grand opera in the G&S repertoire and is considered the best of the canon by many fans.
2hr 50min (inc. intermission)
Recommended for all ages.