The Yeoman of the Guard, London Coliseum

The Yeoman of the Guard Tickets

London Coliseum, London
Booking to 2 December 2022
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Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta comes to the London Coliseum

The Tower of London is the scene for a tangled web of melancholy and mirth in Gilbert & Sullivan’s beloved operetta, The Yeomen of the Guard. The arrival of a travelling troupe of performers sparks forbidden romances, fantastical plots and unrequited love. 

Tony and Olivier award-winning actor Richard McCabe is making his operatic debut in the operetta, playing the traveling jester Jack Point.

The Yeomen of the Guard is a classic Gilbert and Sullivan story, with all the chaos that comes with it – but not necessarily the happy ending we expect from the duo…

Book your tickets to the Tower, to see one of the most beloved Gilbert & Sullivan’s operas, The Yeomen of the Guard.

The Yeoman of the Guard is booking from 3 November 2022 until 2 December 2022 at the London Coliseum.

What's the story of The Yeoman of the Guard?

The Tower of London is the scene for a tangled web of melancholy and mirth. The arrival of a travelling troupe of performers sparks forbidden romances, fantastical plots and unrequited love. 

The unjustly imprisoned Colonel Fairfax has a mutual attraction to the young daughter of the righteous Sergeant Meryll, one of the titular Beefeaters. Phoebe wishes Fairfax be released so they can have the wedding she desires, and enlists the help (and attraction) of Jack Point, a roving performer.

A classic G&S story of chaos and mirth but not necessarily a happy ending.

Who is in the cast of The Yeoman of the Guard?

Acclaimed actor Richard McCabe plays traveling jester Jack Point in the operetta. His stage credits include Cicero in the RSC’s Imperium (Gielgud Theatre), Jim Hacker in Yes, Prime Minister and his Olivier and Tony winning performance as Harold Wilson in The Audience in the West End and on Broadway. TV credits include Anatomy of a Scandal (Netflix), The Pentaverate (Netflix), A Very British Scandal (BBC), Harlots(Hulu-BBC), Wallander(BBC) and Peaky Blinders (BBC). Movie credits include Eye in the Sky, Mindhorn, The Constant Gardener, Master and Commander and Notting Hill.

Richard is joined by Anthony Gregory as Colonel Fairfax, Neal Davies as Sergeant Meryll of the Yeomen, Alexandra Oomens as Elsie Maynard, John Molloy as Wilfred Shadbolt, Heather Lowe as Phoebe Meryll, Steven Page as Sir Richard Cholmondeley, Susan Bickley as Dame Carruthers, Innocent Masuku as Leonard Meryll and Isabelle Peters as Kate.

Who are the creative team of The Yeoman of the Guard?

Visionary Jo Davies returns to the London Coliseum to direct, with designs by acclaimed theatre designer Anthony Ward. G&S veteran Chris Hopkins conducts the ENO Orchestra, with a score that – despite being darker in tone – remains characteristically playful of Arthur Sullivan.


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 2 December 2022
Running time
2 hours 40 minutes (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


Important Notes

Sung in English. The surtitles system displays sung words above the stage.

Content: Please be aware that this production contains some adult content which may not be suitable for young audiences.


Venue Information

London Coliseum, St. Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line), Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 77a, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176
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Richard McCabe to star in ENO’s The Yeomen of the Guard at the London Coliseum
English National Opera has revealed casting for its forthcoming production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Yeomen of the Guard. Tony and Olivier award-winning actor Richard McCabe will make his operatic debut in the show playing the traveling jester Jack Point, the comic-baritone of the operetta. Richard is joined by Anthony Gregory as Colonel Fairfax, Neal Davies as Sergeant Meryll of the Yeomen, Alexandra Oomens as Elsie Maynard, John Molloy as Wilfred Shadbolt, Heather Lowe as Phoebe Meryll, Steven Page as Sir Richard Cholmondeley, Susan Bickley as Dame Carruthers, Innocent Masuku as Leonard Meryll and Isabelle Peters as Kate. Richard McCabe, who is an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled and terrified to be taking on this iconic G&S role! I first visited the Coliseum with my school in 1974 and that evening sparked a lifelong love of opera. It is a dream come true to be treading its hallowed boards.’ Richard's stage credits include Cicero in the RSC’s Imperium (Gielgud Theatre), Jim Hacker in Yes, Prime Minister and his Olivier and Tony winning performance as Harold Wilson in The Audience in the West End and on Broadway. TV credits include Anatomy of a Scandal (Netflix), The Pentaverate (Netflix), A Very British Scandal (BBC), Harlots (Hulu-BBC), Wallander (BBC) and Peaky Blinders (BBC). Movie credits include Eye in the Sky, Mindhorn, The Constant Gardener, Master and Commander and Notting Hill. The Yeomen of the Guard is set within the Tower of London. There, the unjustly imprisoned Colonel Fairfax has a mutual attraction to Phoebe, the daughter of the righteous Sergeant Meryll, one of the Beefeaters. Phoebe wants Fairfax released so they can marry, and enlists the help of Jack Point and Elsie Maynard, roving entertainers. What follows is a complex caper of forbidden romances, fantastical plots and unrequited love, although not with the usual happy ending we might expect, as the stakes in this tale are far higher… Directed by Jo Davies (Ruddigore ), this production will be set in the early Twentieth century, and features designs by Anthony Ward, lighting by Oliver Fenwick, video by Andrezj Goulding, sound design by Nick Lidster and choreography by Kay Shepherd.Chris Hopkins leads the award-winning ENO Orchestra and Chorus. The Yeomen of the Guard runs at the London Coliseum from 3 November to 2 December 2022. Book tickets to The Yeomen of the Guard at the London Coliseum

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