The Yeomen of the Guard

Event has passed (Fri Aug 4, 2017 - Sun Aug 27, 2017)
Bankhead Theater
$20 - $59
Theater / Performance Arts


Lamplighters Music Theatre present this dark comedy, the closest thing to grand opera in the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire. Combining poignancy and tragedy with humor to an extent not seen in any other Gilbert libretto, and boasting some of Sullivan's finest work, Yeomen is considered the best of the canon by many G&S fans.

War hero Fairfax is to be executed on a false charge of "dealings with the devil", put forward by a villainous relative who stands to inherit his estate. Fairfax’s friend Sergeant Meryll and his daughter concoct a plan to smuggle him out disguised as the Sergeant's son, a newly appointed Yeoman. Meanwhile, Fairfax manages to marry the performer Elsie, who will inherit his estate and therefore thwart the scoundrel's plan. Add to the mix Elsie’s performing partner who is in love with her, an incompetent jailer, and a crowd of bloodthirsty townsfolk ready for a good old-fashioned execution, and we are ensured a plot full of love triangles, twists and turns, intrigue, lies, and corruption.

“the ultimate operetta masterpiece” – San Francisco Classical Voice



  1. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts 500 Castro St, Mountain View, CA
  2. Lesher Center For the Arts 1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek, CA
  3. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) Theater 700 Howard St. , San Francisco, CA
  4. Bankhead Theater 2400 First Street, Livermore, CA