Yeomen of the Guard (Peak Opera 2015)

Peak Opera banner for The Yeomen of the Guard at the 2015 International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival
5 Aug 2015

The Yeomen of the Guard is set in the Tower of London.  Colonel Fairfax, a gentleman, soldier and scientist, is wrongly accused of sorcery, imprisoned in the Tower of London and sentenced to be beheaded within the hour.  To avoid leaving his estate to his accuser he secretly marries strolling gypsy, Elsie Maynard.  Jester Jack Point is also in love with Elsie but agrees to the marriage knowing that Fairfax will soon be executed.  However, with the help of the Meryll family, Fairfax escapes, throwing the Tower into confusion and setting in motion a number of intriguing plot twists ending in tragedy for one of the players.

The Yeomen of the Guard is deeper and darker than the usual comic Gilbert & Sullivan operas and is perhaps the most emotionally engaging of the canon.  Many consider the score to be Sullivan’s finest.  A wonderful evening awaits.  Don’t miss it!

Peak Opera have performed at the Festival every year since 2005 and took third place in the International Festival Competition in 2014.

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