The Yeomen of the Guard


The Yeomen of the Guard, or The Merryman and his Maid is an operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan. It was first performed on 3 October 1888. It had 423 performances. It is the eleventh of fourteen operettas written by Gilbert and Sullivan. Unlike their previous operettas, Yeomen is darker and more serious in its tone and atmosphere.

The Yeoman of the Guard
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Poster, 1897 revival
Written byW. S. Gilbert (lyrics and book)
Arthur Sullivan (music)
CharactersJack Point
Elsie Maynard
Colonel Fairfax
Date of premiere3 October 1888
Place of premiereSavoy Theatre
London, England
Original languageEnglish
SettingTower of London in the 16th century