The Yeomen of the Guard

Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria

A dramatic new production of this G&S Masterpiece from Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Victoria, “Australia’s foremost exponent of light opera” (The Age). Set in the Tower of London in the time of Henry VIII, the hero Colonel Fairfax is to be beheaded on a trumped-up charge of sorcery. He avoids this gruesome fate through the bravery of the Meryll family, and the unwitting aide of the strolling players Elsie Maynard and Jack Point, who is arguably Gilbert’s finest character study. Complications arise when Elsie falls in love with the hero who has joined the tower warders disguised as Sargent Meryll’s son, leaving her unrequited lover Jack Point in despair. There are five romantic entanglements to resolve before the powerful finale, together with the intrigues of the Tower jailer Wilfred Shadbolt and the jester Jack Point, ensuring that The Yeomen of the Guard delivers as many comic situations as it does dramatic ones. With a full orchestra and chorus, talented soloists, Yeomen costumes imported from the UK, and the dynamic lighting skills of Moving Light Productions, GSOV will bring to life this tale of romance and bravery, showcasing what many believe is Gilbert and Sullivan’s best work.
Theatre/Venue NameThe Alexander Theatre
Venue addressMonash University Clayton Campus, 48 Exhibition Walk, Clayton VIC 3169
All performance dates and start times

Thursday 6 October, 8pm
Friday 7 October, 8pm
Saturday 8 October, 2pm & 8pm

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Creative Team

Director – Ron Pidcock OAM
Musical Director – Trevor Henley
Lighting Design – Jason Bovaird

Cast List

Elsie Maynard – Renée Mohring
Phoebe Meryll – Erin Absalom
Dame Carruthers – Susan Coull
Kate – Emma Sutcliffe
Jack Point – Daniel Felton
Wilfred Shadbolt – Andrew McGrail
Sgt Meryll – Ian Woolford
Colonel Fairfax – Brett O’meara
Sir Richard Cholmondeley – Ian Lowe
Leonard Meryll – Christopher Rothwell
1st Yeoman – Ron Mack
2nd Yeoman – Sam Hargreaves

Ensemble: Tim Angelico, Andrew Bell, Stephen Capon, Larry Dalton, Ben Klein, Ken Knight, Graeme Lock, Chris McInnis, Bruce Packard, Jamie Tampion, Sarah Amos, Elizabeth Anthony, Rebekah Bennetts, Sarah Berry, Annett Engelhardt, Bridgette Kelsey, Susan Marshall, Christine Millward, Robyn Pidcock, Carol Soloff & Linda Wood.

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