The Savoy Company

The Savoy Company


Gilbert & Sullivan’s

The Yeomen of the Guard or The Merryman and his Maid

By Gilbert & Sullivan
Music Director: Peter A. Hilliard
Stage Director: Deb Schrager 
Production Manager: William Kader

The Savoy Company is proud to return to The Suzanne Roberts Theatre in 2019 with Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Guard, or, The Merryman and his Maid.

The Yeomen of the Guard is Gilbert and Sullivan’s sparkling comic opera set in the Tudor era during the reign of King Henry VIII. Some of the darkest and most emotionally engaging of their work, critics considered The Yeomen of the Guard’s score to be Sullivan’s finest. Opening night reviews stated that “Mr. Gilbert has earnestly endeavoured to leave familiar grooves and rise to higher things. ” (The Times, Thursday, October 4, 1888.)

The opera takes place in the Tower of London where the gentleman Colonel Fairfax is wrongly accused of sorcery and sentenced to death within the hour. Fairfax hatches a plan to avoid letting his estate fall into the hands of his scheming cousin (incidentally, his accuser) by secretly marrying Elsie Maynard, a strolling singer. She agrees to be blindfolded during the ceremony and expects to be a wealthy widow upon Fairfax’s imminent demise, leaving her free to marry the jester Jack Point, who loves her. However, Fairfax miraculously escapes his fate causing chaos, confusion, and heartbreak.

Run time: 2 hours 20 minutes, plus a 15 minute intermission 


Elsie Maynard: Meghan Curry
Phoebe Meryll: Jen Chesterson
Dame Carruthers: Shellie Camp
Kate: Lauren Jones (Meyer)
Sir Richard Cholmondeley: Fred Dittmann
Colonel Fairfax: Phoenix Fritch
Sergeant Meryll: A.J. Kait  
Leonard Meryll: Eli Rosen
Jack Point: Jack Ingram
Wilfred Shadbolt: Guillermo L. Bosch
First Yeoman: Gene Schneyer
Second Yeoman: Matthew Butt
First Citizen: Aaron Manthey  
Second Citizen: Doug Smith


The Savoy Company is the oldest amateur theatre company in the world dedicated solely to the production of the works of Gilbert & Sullivan.


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May 17 – May 18, 2019

Friday, May 17 at 8:00pm
Saturday, May 18 at 2:00pm
Saturday, May 18 at 8:00pm


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