The Yeomen of the Guard

Love is a prison...

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.

The unjustly imprisoned Colonel Fairfax (Anthony Gregory, previously Nanki-Poo in The Mikado and former Harewood Artist) has a mutual attraction to the young daughter of the righteous Sergeant Meryll, one of the titular Beefeaters (Neal Davies). Phoebe (Heather Lowe) 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 Gilbert and Sullivan story ensues, with all the chaos that comes with it – but not necessarily the happy ending we expect from the duo…

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.

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


The appearance of any member of the cast is subject to change and may be affected by contracts, holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers' control. If in doubt, please check with the Box Office before booking.


London Coliseum

London Coliseum, 33 St Martin's Lane, Westminster, London, WC2N 4ES

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Cancellation Policy

No refundes after purchase

How Does It Work

You will receive a confirmation email with your voucher attached. Please show your voucher on your phone, or print this ticket, to gain entry to the event. The barcode will be scanned upon entry.

Suitable For Children

Only children aged 5+ are allowed in the auditorium.

Where Do I Go

London Coliseum, St. Martin's Lane, London WC 4ES


4.7(3 reviews)
  • Anthony Jones

    Dec 4, 2022

    Absolutely the best thing the E.N.O. have done in recent years. Top class cast soloists and huge chorus efficiently and sensitively directed. The vast Coliseum appeared full. Criminal to remove their grant and to deprive London of their talent.

  • Watford Mark

    Nov 21, 2022

    To be fair this probably isn't the best G&S source material there is, but the ENO version was an imaginative reinterpretation set in more modern times that Tudor England. The singing, scenery and costumes were all excellent. I read the synopsis about 4 times (before and after the show) and am still none the wiser but I blame WS Gilbert for that. ENO needs to stay in London at the Coliseum.

  • Sheila Berry

    Nov 11, 2022

    I had never seen Yeoman of The Guard before, even though I'm a G and S fan, so I wasn't even sure of the plot. I thought it was very enjoyable, even though I would class this Operetta as untypical G and S. The plot, as I'd hoped and presumed to be, was ridiculous. The music was beautifully -played and sung. The principals were all excellent and I loved the comedic play between the lovesick jailer and the 'fool.' This production was so beautifully staged, very imaginative with the revolving Tower of London serving several scenes in different ways. If you don't particularly enjoy G and S because you find it trite and silly (hard to believe..) , then this may be the Operetta for you as it has a much more 'grown-up' feel to it. An epic evening at The Coliseum. Please remain in London, ENO-it's where you belong

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