The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of WA
The Yeomen of the Guard
Passion, intrigue, and fabulous moustaches!
Blind passion, deceptive intrigue, mistaken identity, overdue beheadings, there’s never a dull moment around the Tower of London, according to WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan in their madcap musical, The Yeomen of the Guard at The Dolphin Theatre for a season from October 24.
Presented by The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of WA hard on the heels of their sold-out season of The Mikado, The Yeomen of the Guard is just the merry romp to get you out of the house and into doublet and hose.
Set in ye olde England but about as Shakespearean as Errol Flynn in tights, the plot, like many a G&S show, is as silly as a souffle but filled with the most wonderful characters and songs. Blindfolded heroines, dashing heroes, indomitable dames, and pedantic gaolers with a penchant for thumbscrew torture, compete with each other to steal the show and your affections.
Making his debut as a director, Michael Brett, who has been musical director of many of the Society’s recent productions, said that The Yeomen of the Guard was the most surprising in the G&S repertoire of 14 shows.
“Gilbert and Sullivan went all out with this one,” he said. “There is still the trademark hilarious comedy and crazy characters but a deepening of the music and exploration of the human heart - and with the most fabulous moustaches in the business.”
From the team that brought you The Mikado, HMS Pinafore and The Gondoliers, this new G&S WA production features elaborate period costumes in a lush setting and a cast of 25 with a live orchestra, under the musical direction of Georg Corall.
This special season of one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most fascinating musical comedies is a ‘must see’ that will have you laughing at the antics and musing over the follies of the human heart long after you leave the theatre.