Dates & Price
Friday, June 7, 2019 at 8:30 pm
Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 8:30 pm
Open Air Theatre
Reserved Seating: $29
Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members: $24*
Ticket price includes all-day Gardens Admission
Tickets limited. Sell out likely.
The Savoy Company presents: The Yeomen of the Guard
Join The Savoy Company in our Gardens for The Yeomen of the Guard, Gilbert and Sullivan’s tale of crime and love set in Shakespearean London. The Yeomen of the Guard follows the story of Colonel Fairfax, who marries the beautiful strolling singer Elsie Maynard after he is falsely accused of sorcery and sentenced to death. When he escapes his imminent fate, Fairfax causes chaos in the Tower of London—and for his wife, who had expected instead to be a wealthy widow.
More about The Savoy Company
The eleventh of 14 collaborations between composer Arthur Sullivan and librettist W.S. Gilbert, The Yeomen of the Guard, or The Merryman and His Maid, premiered at the Savoy Theatre on October 3, 1888 and ran for 423 performances.
The 16th century Tower of London is the setting for this strange adventure. When strolling troubadours Elsie Maynard and companion the jester Jack Point (who is in love with her), arrive at Tower Green, Colonel Fairfax is awaiting execution on a false charge of sorcery. When a reprieve fails to arrive, Sergeant Meryll, whose life was saved by Fairfax, plots his escape. Unaware of the plan, Fairfax's last request is to die a married man, for, without a wife, his estate will fall into the hands of his cousin and accuser. Fairfax secretly marries the blindfolded Elsie who expects to be a well-paid widow within the hour. Fairfax miraculously escapes his fate and chaos ensues.
The heartfelt tale features a lively cast of brave beefeaters, impisoned souls, lovesick women, and devious jailers. Explore the delicate balance between true love and betrayal, featuring some of Sullivan's most operatice music and Gilbert's witty libretto using puns in a Shakespearean style.
Founded in 1901, The Savoy Company is the oldest amateur theater company in the world dedicated solely to the production of the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. Peter Hilliard returns for his seventh season as music director. Deb Schrager makes her debut as stage director, adding her signature style to this year's production.
*Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members receive $5 off regular Summer Performance Series ticket prices. If you are eligible, you have received a discount code via direct mail or email for Longwood Gardens.