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Yeomen of the Guard 1891Mr R D'Oyly Carte's Principal Repertoire Company

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The development of their repertoire system saw the D'Oyly Carte performing The Mikado, Yeomen and Gondoliers in one week, with Iolanthe joining them later in this extensive Scottish tour. A week in Aberdeen, starting 31 August, included a Command Performance of The Mikado at Balmoral, followed by a week in Dundee. In mid-December, with some cast changes, a fortnight in Dundee, including Christmas Day, was followed by a fortnight in Aberdeen running through New Year into 1892.

Inevitably at this time of year, the common cold took its toll of singers, so Fred Billington withdrew halfway through a performance of The Mikado on 7 Sep, and missed the next three performances - the press did not mention the name of his cover. On 18 December, Margaret Cockburn was ill, and her cover did attract sufficient positive reaction to justify identifying her.

Further Scottish dates to be added (including the Aberdeen performances in January 1892).

Performance Cast

Phoebe Meryll Sergeant Meryll's Daughter

Haidee Crofton (Aug, Sep)

Dorothy Vane (Dec)

Sergeant Meryll of the Yeomen of the Guard

Thomas Redmond

Dame Carruthers Housekeeper to the Tower

Kate Forster

Sir Richard Cholmondeley Lieutenant of the Tower

Albert Kavanagh (Aug, Sep)

Edward White (Dec)

Colonel Fairfax under sentence of death

Richard Clarke

Leonard Meryll Sergeant Meryll's Son

Blake Johnstone

Wilfred Shadbolt Head Jailer and Assistant Tormentor

Fred Billington

Jack Point a Strolling Jester

George Thorne

Elsie Maynard a Strolling Singer

Rose Hervey (Aug, Sep)

Rhoda Maitland (Dec 18)

Margaret Cockburn (Dec)

Kate Dame Carruthers' Niece

Mary Morrison (Aug, Sep)

Performance DatesYeomen of the Guard 1891

Map List

Royalty, Glasgow | Glasgow

17 Aug, 19.30 18 Aug, 19.30

Royal Lyceum Theatre | Edinburgh

27 Aug, 19.30

Her Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

2 Sep, 19.30 3 Sep, 19.30

Her Majesty's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

9 Sep, 19.30 10 Sep, 19.30 18 Dec, 19.30 24 Dec, 19.30

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