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The Yeoman of the Guard by Sir W.S. Gilbert


Hardcover. Condition: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Good. 1979. MacMillan (Godfrey Cave Associates). Facsimile. Illustrated.

Illustrated by W. Russell Flint and Charles E. Brock.


The opera is set in the Tower of London during the 16th century, and is the darkest, and perhaps most emotionally engaging, of the Savoy Operas, ending with a broken-hearted main character and two very reluctant engagements, rather than the usual numerous marriages. The libretto does contain considerable humour, including a lot of pun-laden one-liners, but Gilbert's trademark satire and topsy-turvy plot complications are subdued in comparison with the other Gilbert and Sullivan operas.