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The Yeomen of the Guard


The Yeomen of the Guard (also known as The Merryman and His Maid) holds a special place amongst Gilbert & Sullivan’s Savoy Operas, being unique in its mixture of comedy and pathos. The show takes place in the Tower of London where Colonel Fairfax has been sentenced to death within the hour, having been wrongly accused of sorcery by his scheming cousin who stands to inherit his estate if Fairfax dies unmarried. Fairfax hatches a plan to thwart his cousin’s plot by getting secretly married. The obliging bride is Elsie Maynard, a strolling singer, who agrees to the ceremony on the promise that she will become a wealthy widow upon Fairfax's imminent demise, leaving her free to marry her lover, the jester Jack Point. However, following the secret ceremony, Fairfax miraculously escapes his imprisonment and chaos ensues!

6 March 2018 –10 March 20182018-03-06T19:30:00Z2018-03-10T21:20:00Z


The Old Rep Theatre

The Old Rep Theatre
Station Street

B5 4DY Birmingham GB

0121 605 5116

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