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Yeomen of the Guard 1967D'Oyly Carte Opera Company

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The 1967 autumn tour by D'Oyly Carte opened on Monday 2 October for two weeks at the Glasgow Alhambra, followed by three weeks at the King's Edinburgh. The Glasgow schedule was:

Week commencing 2 October: Mon Mikado: Tue Iolanthe; Wed mat & eve Trial & Pinafore; Thu Ruddigore; Fri Yeomen of the Guard; Sat mat and eve Mikado.

Week commencing 9 October: Mon Ruddigore; Tue Mikado; Wed mat & eve Cox and Box & Pirates of Penzance; Thu Yeomen of the Guard; Fri Patience; Sat mat & eve Iolanthe.

In the three week Edinburgh visit, starting on 23 October, The Yeomen of the Guard was given four performances - one in each week, with two on the final Saturday. With the exception of Princess Ida, and (perhaps more surprisingly, unless they knew Scottish Opera were planning it) The Gondoliers, the company's entire stage repertoire was presented (The Sorcerer had just been recorded, but would not be given a production until a couple of seasons later).

The most frequently performed piece was, inevitably, The Mikado (6 performances), followed by Iolanthe (4), Yeomen (4), Trial / Pinafore (3), Cox & Box / Pirates (3), Patience (2), Ruddigore (2).

The cast included several veterans of the 1964 Sargent recording - John Reed, Kenneth Sandford, Donald Adams, Philip Potter - with the valuable addition of Valerie Masterson as Elsie (what a pity they did not stage Princess Ida on this visit, as the title role must have suited her beautifully).

Cast details are from copies of the Glasgow and Edinburgh programmes in the OperaScotland collection.

Performance Cast

Phoebe Meryll Sergeant Meryll's Daughter

Peggy Ann Jones

Sergeant Meryll of the Yeomen of the Guard

Donald Adams

Dame Carruthers Housekeeper to the Tower

Christene Palmer

Leonard Meryll Sergeant Meryll's Son

Ralph Mason

Sir Richard Cholmondeley Lieutenant of the Tower

Alan Styler (Exc Nov 11)

Thomas Lawlor (Nov 11)

Colonel Fairfax under sentence of death

Philip Potter

First Yeoman

Glyn Adams

Second Yeoman

Clifford Parkes

First Citizen

David Rayson

Second Citizen

John Webley

Wilfred Shadbolt Head Jailer and Assistant Tormentor

Kenneth Sandford

Jack Point a Strolling Jester

John Reed

Elsie Maynard a Strolling Singer

Valerie Masterson

Kate Dame Carruthers' Niece

Susan Maisey

Performance DatesYeomen of the Guard 1967

Map List

Alhambra Theatre, Glasgow | Glasgow

6 Oct, 19.30 12 Oct, 19.30

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

27 Oct, 19.30 31 Oct, 19.30 11 Nov, 14.30 11 Nov, 19.30

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