The Productions: Yeoman of the Guard
The Yeomen of the Guard (1888) was an artistic departure from the previous Gilbert and Sullivan operas. Gilbert finally gave Sullivan a believable libretto, and Sullivan wrote a score that approached serious opera. Each felt that this opera was the best of their collaborative works. It enjoyed a great success both in London and on provincial tour, and is considered one of the most popular of the series in England. The New York production at Rudolph Aronson’s Casino had a weaker cast. Although it ran for 100 performances, The Yeomen of the Guard has never been as appreciated in America as it has been in England.