Celebrations for Rugby Opera Society

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Rugby Opera Society celebrates its 50th anniversary with a production of Yeoman of the Guard at Rugby Theatre next week.

The Savoy Opera’s score is considered to be composer Arthur Sullivan’s finest.

It’s 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. But it does contain considerable humour, including a lot of pun-laden one-liners.

The story takes place during the reign of King Henry VIII when Colonel Fairfax, an officer and a gentleman, is held in the Tower of London accused by his conniving cousin of sorcery.

He is sentenced to death within the hour, but his lovelorn ladies and his old comrades hatch a plot to save him.

Their cunning plan is to avoid letting his estate fall into the hands of his scheming cousin by secretly marrying him off to an attractive strolling singer.

With the anticipation of soon becoming a wealthy widow she willingly agrees in the expectation that she would then be free to marry her lover, the jester Jack Point.

However, nothing goes according to plan.

A free, costumed, short performance featuring songs from Yeoman of the Guard takes place on Saturday at 2pm at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.

The Yeoman of the Guard will be performed between Tuesday February 19 and Saturday February 23 at Rugby Theatre.

To book tickets, please call Rugby Theatre Box Office on (01788) 541234