The Yeoman of the Guard

bookshelves: published-1888, winter-20142015, amusing, witches-and-wizards, music, film-only, victorian, art-forms

Read from December 03 to 04, 2014

Watch here: 1974 BBC Yeoman of the Guard

Description via wiki: The opera is set in the Tower of London, during the 16th century, and is the darkest, and perhaps 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 does contain considerable humour, including a lot of 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.

Execution tale set in Tudor times was guaranteed to grip my grippables wasn’t it, and this BBC production cast the very best of songbirds. Lovely.

3* The Gondoliers
3* The Sorceror
4* Princess Ida
4* Iolanthe
5* HMS Pinafore
4* The Yeoman of the Guard

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