The Yeomen of the Guard, Southampton Operatic Society, the Nuffield

First published in Curtain Call by

SET in the Tower of London during Shakespearean times, this Gilbert and Sullivan favourite ensures many romantic twists and turns ending, more or less, to everyone’s satisfaction.

Colonel Fairfax (a big performance in every way from Mike Pavitt) is unjustly awaiting execution. Hurriedly married to protect his estate, he is released, disguised as a Beefeater.

David Tatnall is his usual confident self as head-jailer Wilfred Shadbolt and Vicky Wilson has a big part and impresses as Phoebe Meryll, in love with Fairfax.

Alison Vincent (Elsie Maynard) has a really nice voice, but like many of the cast, loses clarity on many occasions, perhaps due to the theatre acoustics.

Director Shaun Dodimead is very funny as unlucky-in-love jester Jack Point and Katy Lewis displays a great talent for character-acting as crusty housekeeper Dame Carruthers.

Phil Moody’s simple, effective, set was complemented by excellent lighting and Nigel Finch led a capable orchestra.

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