1943

The Yeomen of the Guard

The curtain opens on Tower Green, where Phoebe, daughter of Sergeant Meryll of the Tower Yeomen, is at her spinning wheel. Colonel Fairfax, a brave soldier and student of alchemy, is in the Tower charged with sorcery and is condemned to be beheaded. Phoebe has fallen in love with him, although they have never spoken, and wants her brother Leonard and her father to bring about his freedom. Head jailor Wilfrid Shadbolt is jealous of Phoebe’s interest in the Colonel. The Meryll family successfully devise a plan of escape for Fairfax, who asks for a bride to be found before his execution. Elsie Maynard, a strolling player, is to be the bride. Jack Point, a jester, loves Elsie but consents to the marriage, tempted by a dowry and the knowledge that she can leave as soon as the wedding is over, an hour before Fairfax’s execution.  Elsie is blindfolded and taken to Fairfax’s cell to be married. Soon after, Fairfax escapes and is disguised as a Yeoman of the Guard, pretending to be Leonard Meryll. When the escape is discovered, Shadbolt is briefly arrested. Jack Point is frantic that the escapee is now betrothed to Elsie, while Elsie faints in the arms of the disguised Fairfax.


Two days later, Fairfax is still free. Jack Point bribes Shadbolt to say that he shot Fairfax so that Elsie will think her husband is dead. Fairfax, still in disguise as Leonard, learns that pretty Elsie is his bride and makes love to her. They hear a shot. Shadbolt and Jack Point say that Fairfax is dead. Jack tries to get Elsie back, but she accepts Fairfax, very much alive, whom she thinks is Leonard.  Phoebe sees this and upsets Shadbolt by saying that the man she loves is to marry Elsie.  Shadbolt then realizes that the supposed Leonard is not Phoebe’s brother. When he threatens to expose her deception, she promises to marry him to protect Fairfax. Elsie soon learns that her husband Fairfax is alive and pardoned; she is in distress until Fairfax discloses his identity. Jack Point’s heart is broken. He falls at Elsie’s feet as the curtain descends.


Producer (Director): O.B. Rigby

Musical Director: H. Bramwell Bailey

Cast

Alison Thomas

Phoebe Meryll

Arthur Sykes

Sir Richard Cholmondeley

Christine McCulloch Allan

Dame Carruthers

Cyril G. Culley

Sergeant Meryll (matineé)

E.G. Metcalfe

Sergeant Meryll

Esther Henry

Elsie Maynard (matinée)/ Woman Citizen

Gwendolyn Smart

Elsie Maynard

J.E. Webb, S/Sgt.

Second Yeoman

Jack Pullen. S.M.

First Yeoman

James C. Scott

Wilfred Shadbolt

John Sutherland

Colonel Fairfax

L.W. Costen, Sgt.

Second Citizen

Margaret Sykes

Kate

Paul Christie, L.A.C.

Jack Point

Percy May

The Headsman

Sylvia Crawley

Kate (matinée)/ Woman Citizen

William C. Tierney, L/Cpl.

First Citizen

Adele Ervin

Woman Citizen

Barbara McIntyre

Woman Citizen

Betty Ferguson

Woman Citizen

Colombe Saucier

Woman Citizen

Doris Armstrong

Woman Citizen

Elizabeth Allan

Woman Citizen

Elsie Parkes

Woman Citizen

Ervilla Morphy

Woman Citizen

Evelyn Affleck

Woman Citizen

Fleurette Savard

Woman Citizen

Gabrielle Mougin

Woman Citizen

Gladys Culley

Woman Citizen

Gwen Nuth

Woman Citizen

Heather McDonald

Woman Citizen

Janet Smart

Woman Citizen

Jean Halley

Woman Citizen

Jean Hewitt

Woman Citizen

Joanna Christensen

Woman Citizen

Josephine Salesse

Woman Citizen

Kathleen Wilsher

Woman Citizen

Lois Longmire

Woman Citizen

Louise Scott

Woman Citizen

Margaret Rowles

Woman Citizen

Mary Barrette

Woman Citizen

Mary Cheesman

Woman Citizen

Mary Ross

Woman Citizen

Mildred Peters

Woman Citizen

Pearl Haydon

Woman Citizen

Shirley Edwards

Woman Citizen

Wendy Scott

Woman Citizen

A.E. MacLaurin

Yeoman

Art Savard

Yeoman

Bert Thomas

Yeoman

Chester Hancock

Yeoman

E. Hothersall

Yeoman

H.F. Meredith

Yeoman

H.H. Sills

Yeoman

Leo Robillard, C.S.M.

Yeoman

Thomas Ferguson, C.S.M.

Yeoman

William L. Murray

Yeoman

Arthur Peltz, L/Cpl.

Man Citizen

Carl Engler

Man Citizen

E.G. Metcalfe

Man Citizen

Gordon C. Graham

Man Citizen

L.W. Costen, Sgt.

Man Citizen

R. Griffin

Man Citizen

Randolph Strob

Man Citizen

Sid Bagnall

Man Citizen

Production

Art Savard

Properties

Arthur Sykes

Assistant Producer

Elsie Groves

Properties

Jack A. Hopps

Stage Manager

L.B. Jameson

Set Design/Program Cover Design

Marquerite Craig

Prompter

Pearl Haydon

Costume Convenor

S.D. Kowch

Lighting

© 2019, Orpheus Musical Theatre Society 

A not-for-profit registered charity
No. 11907 0415 RR0001

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