Performances 11-14 November 2015
|Milos Machacek, Julian Warner-Edney
|Pam Patch, Mary Grove, Margaret Longes, Carol Coslett
|Front of House
|Stephen Tickell, Julian Warner-Edney, Neil Williams
|Gini King (Yeomen by Lois Hatt)
Yeomen is perhaps the most emotionally engaging of the Savoy Operas, ending with a broken-hearted main character and two very reluctant engagements, rather than the usual numerous marriages. The libretto contains considerable humour, including many pun-laden one-liners, but Gilbert's trademark satire and topsy-turvy plot complications are subdued in comparison with the other Gilbert and Sullivan operas. The dialogue, though in prose, is quasi-Shakespearian, or early modern English, in style.
Many believe that the score is Sullivan's finest. Indeed, some enjoy Yeomen particularly because of its ever-changing emotional balance of joy and despair, love and sacrifice.
Photos by Mick Mercer