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Music by Arthur Sullivan (orchestrated by Peter Murray). Libretto and Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert

Published by Warner/Chappell. Administered for hire and stage rights worldwide (excluding North America) by Faber Music Ltd


THE STORY

Tower Green; 16th Century

Colonel Fairfax is awaiting execution at the Tower for sorcery.  When his hoped-for reprieve fails to arrive, Sergeant Meryll and his daughter Phoebe, who is secretly fond of the Colonel, plots his escape.  They plan to disguise him as Leonard Meryll who is shortly to join the Yeomen but whom no-one has yet seen.  Unaware of their plan, Fairfax’s last request is to die a married man, for without a wife his estate will fall into the hands of the kinsman who brought the charge of sorcery against him.  A willing candidate is found in Elsie Maynard.  Although her companion, Jack Point, is initially worried at the proposal, his doubts are soon dispelled by the promised dowry of 100 crowns and the assurance that she will be a widow within the hour. They are, therefore horrified when they hear that Fairfax has escaped.  Jack and Wilfred subsequently conspire to pretend that Wilfred has shot Fairfax and seen him drown thereby releasing Elsie from the marriage contract.  Fairfax, meanwhile, has discovered that Elsie is his wife (neither knew of the other’s identity at the ceremony) and is about to reveal this to her when the shot is heard and Jack and Wilfred spin their tale.  Elsie is distraught at the news of her husband’s apparent death but is comforted by “Leonard”, alias Fairfax, who subsequently proposes to her.  This enrages Phoebe who, in a jealous temper, confesses her feelings for “Leonard” to Wilfred, realising too late that she is thereby claiming to be in love with her brother!  Wilfred quickly deduces the true identity of “Leonard” and in order to silence him, Phoebe consents to marriage.  When her real brother brings new of Fairfax’s reprieve, Elsie is initially distressed at the thought of leaving “Leonard” but overjoyed at the revelation that “Leonard” and Fairfax are one and the same.  In vain, Jack appeals to Elsie to consider his feelings for her before falling broken hearted at her feet. 


INSTRUMENTATION

1 Flute 
1 Oboe
1 Clarinet
1 Horn
1 Trumpet
1 Trombone
1 Timpani
1 Percussion
1 Piano (optional - annotated vocal score)
3 Violins I
3 Violins II
2 Violas
2 Cellos
1 Double Bass


MATERIALS

A full set of orchestral parts is available at a hire fee of £75.00 per set, per month. 

Vocal Scores and Libretti are commercially available, and can be purchased from bookshops and on-line retailers.


APPLICATION PACK

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Cast Size: Large (16+)

Genre(s): Opera/Operetta