The Yeomen of the Guard

Blue Hill Troupe, Ltd. presents

Gilbert & Sullivan’s

The YEOMEN OF THE GUARD, or the merryman and his maid

to benefit GallopNYC

Tom Ridgely, Director & Choreographer
John Liepold, Music Director

March 17-31, 2018

The Theatre At St. Jean’s
150 East 76th Street
New York, NY

The Yeomen of the Guard, or The Merryman and His Maid, opened October 3, 1888, at the Savoy Theatre and ran for 423 performances. The darkest of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, Yeomen ends with a broken-hearted main character and at least two reluctant engagements, rather than the usual armful of marriages. However, Gilbert’s “pointed” satire and punny one-liners abound, there are plenty of topsy-turvy plot complications, and many believe that the score is Sullivan’s finest. Indeed, some enjoy Yeomen particularly because of its ever-changing emotional balance of joy and despair, love and sacrifice.

The setting of Yeomen is laid in the Tower of London in Shakespearean times. Colonel Fairfax is sentenced to die in an hour on a false charge of sorcery. To avoid leaving his estate to his accuser, and with the help of the Lieutenant of the Tower, he secretly marries Elsie Maynard, a strolling singer, who expects to be a well-paid widow in an hour. With the help of the Meryll family, Fairfax escapes, throwing the Tower and the astonished Elsie into despair. But the disguised Fairfax woos Elsie, and in the end, she loves Fairfax and jilts her intended husband, the jester Jack Point.


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RoleOpening Cast:

March 17, 23, 24 (matinee),25 and 29

Closing Cast

March 18, 22, 24 (evening), 30 and 31

Sir Richard Cholmondely Gregory PetersonMatt Levine
Colonel Fairfax Paul Mitchell WilderRichard Miller
Sergeant Meryll Win RutherfurdWin Rutherfurd
Leonard Meryll Michael Macaione*Michael Macaione*
Jack Point David LoewyAlan Abrams*
Wilfred Shadbolt Neal Young*Chazmond Peacock
The Hangman Edgar MastersEdgar Masters
First Yeoman Jon RoselleJon Roselle
Second Yeoman Kevin MurrayKevin Murray
Elsie Maynard Kelsey PetersJoanne Lessner*
Phoebe Meryll Dena CubbinZina Ellis
Dame Carruthers Suzanne R. TaylorEva Giorgi
Kate Ali RoselleSarah Glaser

Plus a robust ensemble of Yeomen and townspeople.
* Appearing courtesy of AEA.

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The BHT Ticket Fund lets you fill a seat, even if you can’t fill it. Each year we give Ticket Fund seats to students, elders, and others who love the Troupe but don’t have the means. It gives our performers nice full houses, and is just another great way for the BHT to give back to New York.

If you’d like to give to the Ticket Fund, simply click here or send a check to BHT, PO Box 286800, Yorkville Station, New York, NY 10128 and mark ‘Ticket Fund’ in the memo. Any unused funds will go toward the charity, of course.

Thank you for your support!


The theatre is located between Lexington and Third Avenues on the south side of 76th Street, close to the 77th Street stops on the 6 Train.  The theatre provides wheelchair access. Upon arrival, please send someone down to let our box office staff know of your need.  We will send someone up to street level to assist you with access to the elevator.