“In the autumn of our life, here at rest in ample clover,
we rejoice in telling over our impetuous May and June.
In the evening of our day, with the sun of life declining,
we recall without repining all the heat of bygone noon.”
The Yeomen of the Guard
The Yeomen of the Guard, or The Merryman and his Maid
March 13 to 29, 1987
The Yeomen of the Guard stands apart from the G&S repertoire for several reasons. It is a much more serious work than most, a period piece with neither political nor social topical satire and is more tragic than comic. Its characters are more human than the usual G&S stereotypes, and demand sympathy from the audience. The dialogue contains little of the usual delicious Gilbertian laugh-a-minute.
Perhaps for these reasons Yeomen is not as popular in America as it is in England. I approached it with some reservations, but during the rehearsal process these wonderful characters came to life and I fell completely in love. I trust you will, too.
University of Minnesota President Kenneth Keller honored the
Yeomen of the Guard by conferring on them the degree of
Doctor of Humane Fetters following the performance on
March 21, 1987.
Doctor of Humane Fetters diploma
Two excellent internet resources for information about The Yeomen of the Guard: