The Yeomen Of The Guard was first performed at the Savoy Theatre, October 3, 1888. It differs from the rest of the Gilbert and Sullivan collaborations, in that it has a somewhat somber tone-there is no happy ending. However, Gilbert's humor abounds, there are plenty of topsy-turvy plot complications, and many would agree that the score is among Sullivan's finest.
The following discussion, from the SavoyNet maillist, is a compilation of thoughts and opinions on the plot, characters and music, including views from many who have performed, directed and/or researched The Yeomen Of The Guard. Opinions expressed are those of the writers.
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