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Musical, from 21 Sep 2017

The Yeomen of the Guard

The Yeomen of the Guard


Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company return to The Joseph Rowntree Theatre with a fully-staged production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most dramatic work.

The Yeomen of the Guard was the closest the highly prolific and successful partnership came to writing a grand opera together and went some way to satisfying Sullivan’s desire to write more about human interest and emotion, and avoid fanciful plots.

A pair of strolling players – Elsie Maynard (a singer) and Jack Point (a Jester) – become caught up in a risky intrigue at The Tower of London.

Colonel Fairfax, a soldier and scientist, has been sentenced to death on a false charge of sorcery. To avoid leaving his estate to his accuser (a cousin) and with the help of the Lieutenant of the Tower, he secretly marries Elsie, who agrees to be blindfolded during the ceremony and expects to be a well-paid widow within the hour.

Aided by former compatriot Yeoman Sergeant Meryll and his family, Fairfax "disappears", leaving the Tower folk in confusion and Elsie as his wife. Jack Point, who is in love with Elsie and has contrived to manipulate everything to his own advantage, is left in utter despair when Fairfax, finally pardoned, reveals his true identity and claims his bride.

Directed by Steve Aylmer, who has over 50 years’ experience of performing and directing Gilbert and Sullivan works, alongside Musical Director Jessica Douglas, this is sure to be another highly successful production from Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company.

Tickets are available from The Joseph Rowntree Theatre Box Office: 01904 501935 or online at

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 21 Sep 2017 19:30 to 21:30
Fri 22 Sep 2017 19:30 to 21:30
Sat 23 Sep 2017 14:30 to 16:30 19:30 to 21:30
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the performance


Adult £12.50
Child (under 16) Free
Concession £10

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Map reference: SE 606535  Lat: 53.97480 Long: -1.07605

The Theatre is a mile from the centre of York on Haxby Road, opposite the Nestlé factory and next to the Nuffield Hospital. There is a free car park available close to the theatre with the entrance on Haley's Terrace alongside the Yearsley Swimming Pool as shown on the map below. Drive through the first car park and park beyond the raised barrier

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from York station


Alex Schofield, Jorvik Gilbert and Sulli


Haxby Road,
YO31 8TA


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

With its location on Haxby Road, just over a mile from the city centre, York’s Joseph Rowntree Theatre is a vibrant hub of live entertainment, hosting productions from pantomime and musicals staged by talented local groups to touring performances by national and international musicians all year round. With 360 comfortably-upholstered seats spread across the stalls and balcony ensure that every audience member gets an unrestricted view of the stage, the Joseph Rowntree Theatre is a welcoming venue to which patrons return time and time again – York’s true theatrical gem.


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