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THE YEOMEN OF THE GUARD

or

THE MERRYMAN AND HIS MAID

Originally produced at the Savoy Theatre on October 3rd, 1888
Based on the French play Don César de Bazan by MASSENET

Lyrics by WILLIAM S. GILBERT
Music by SIR ARTHUR SULLIVAN


Plot Synopsis

Based on the French play Don César de Bazan, The Yeomen of the Guard is the story of a blindfolded young woman who is married to a man condemnded to die, but who conveniently does not succumb to this fate.

Cast of Characters

Sir Richard Cholmondeley (Lieutenant of the Tower)

Colonel Fairfax (under sentence of death)

Seargeant Meryll (of the Yeomen of the Guard)

Leonard Meryll (his Son)

Jack Point (a Strolling Jester)

Wilfred Shadbolt (Head Jailer and Assistant Tormentor)

The Headsman

First Yeoman

Second Yeoman

First Citizen

Second Citizen

Elsie Maynard (a Strolling Singer)

Phoebe Meryll (Sergeant Meryll's Daughter)

Dame Carruthers (Housekeeper to the Tower)

Kate (her Niece)

Chorus of Yeomen of the Guard, Gentlemen, Citizens, etc.

Songs from the Show - Act One

When maiden loves

Phoebe

When our gallant Norman foes

Yeomen & Chorus

Is life a boon?

Fairfax

How say you, maiden?

Elsie, Point & Lieutenant

I've jibe and joke

Point

'Tis done, I am a bride

Elsie

Were I thy bride

Phoebe

Oh, Sergeant Meryll, is it true?

Chorus

Didst thou not, O Leonard Meryll

Chorus

To thy fraternal care

Wilfred, Farifax & Phoebe

The prisoner comes

Chorus

Songs from the Show - Act Two

 

Night has spread her pall once more

Dame Carruthers & Chorus

Oh, a private buffoon

Point

Hereupon we're both agreed

Point & Wilfred

Free from his fetters grim

Fairfax

Strange adventure

Fairfax, Sergeant Meryll, Dame Carruthers, & Kate

A man who would woo a fair maid

Elise, Phoebe & Fairfax

When a wooer goes a-wooing

Elsie, Phoebe, Fairfax & Point

I have a song to sing, O (Finale)

Chorus

Links to Related Sites

Gilbert & Sullivan Festivals

Gilbert & Sullivan Webring