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Commencing Monday November 15th, 1982

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MUSICAL SOCIETY Presents

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The Yeomen of the Guard W ritten by W. S. Gilbert — Composed by Arthur Sullivan


Gaiety — ___

Eamonn Andrews Studios Present

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Opening Dec. 27th Nightly 8 pjn. Mats 3 p.m.

Advance Booking open from August 15 Special Matinees — Tuesday 28th to Friday 31st December and all Saturdays thereafter except January 1st


Gaiety Theatre Dublin South King Street Telegrams: Gaiety Theatre

Telephone: 771717

Directors: Eamonn Andrews, Lorcan Bourke, Dermod Cafferky, Joe Kearns. Resident Manager: Joe Kearns.

Commencing Monday, November 15th, 1982

RATHMINES & RATHGAR MUSICAL SOCIETY presents

The Gondoliers Tuesday, 16th November Thursday, 18th November Saturday, 20th November (Matinee) Saturday, 20th November (Evening)

Monday, 22nd November Wednesday, 24th November Friday, 26th November Saturday, 27th November (Matinee)

The Yeomen of the Guard M onday, 15th November W ednesday, 17th November Friday, 19th November

Tuesday, 23rd November Thursday, 25th November Saturday, 27th November (Evening)

Chorus Master: Heather Hewson Costumes: Messrs. S. B. Watts & Co., Manchester Design: The Gondoliers by Gaiety Theatre Workshop The Yeomen o f the Guard by Eddie Doyle Choreographer and Assistant to the Producer: Dolores Delahunty M U SIC A L D IR EC TO R : GEAROID GRANT DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTIONS

Wilfred Judd


The Yeomen of the Guard DRAMATIS PERSONAE Sir Richard Cholmondeley (Lieutenant o f the Tower) . TONY SWEENY Colonel Fairfax (under sentence o f death) .............................. TED RYAN Sergeant Meryll (o f the Yeomen o f the Guard) NIGEL WILLIAMS Leonard Meryll (his son) ................................................. PETER LEWIS Jack Point (a Strolling Jester) .......................................... EOIN O’BRIEN Wilfred S hadbolt.......................................... WILLIAM BLOOD-SMYTH (Head Jailer and Assistant Tormentor) Elsie Maynard (a Strolling Singer).............................. TERESA CARLEY Phoebe Meryll (Sergeant Meryll’s daughter)

KATHLEEN TYNAN

Dame Caruthers (Housekeeper to the Tower)

JOAN CAVANAGH

First Y e o m a n .......................................................................NOEL MAGEE Second Y e o m a n .......................................................... PASCAL WALSH Kate (Dame Caruther’s niece) ...............................GERMAINE CARLOS First Citizen ...................................................

LARRY SHELLEY

Second Citizen ................................................................ DOM CARROLL Headsman ............................................................................... JOHN RYAN Chorus o f Yeomen of the Guard, Gentlemen and Citizens

Misses: Angela McBrien, Michele O ’Byrne, Marian Mullins, Michelle Foynes, Nuala Garton, Grainne Walsh, Marie Culliton, Michele O ’Carroll, Eva Staveley, Dympna Egar, Margaret McAllister, Joan Brittan, Angela Gaul, Cathy Corby, Lynn Branagan. Messrs: Jim O ’Mahony, Denis Deasy, Ray Ryan, Joe Griffin, Brendan Galvin, Alastair Smeaton, Jack Kelly, Noel Byrne, Joe Bevan, Sean Hogan, Larry Shelley, Dom Carroll, Seamus Murphy, Ted Ryan, Patrick Garton, Martin Galvin, Pat Yeates, Frank Murray. Scene: Tower Green Time: 16th Century


The Gondoliers DRAM ATIS PERSO N A E T h e D uke o f Plaza-Toro (a Grandee o f Spain) . PATRICK CAMPBELL Luiz (his A tte n ta n t).........................................................FRANK KENNEDY D on A lham bra Del Bolero (Grand Inquisitor) ... ROBERT McKEVITT M arco Palmieri

BRYAN HOEY

G iuseppe Palmieri

FRED GRAHAM

A ntonio

(Venetian

Francesco

Gondoliers)

Giorgio

PETER LEWIS DENIS LEAHY MICHAEL RYAN

A nnibale PETER WINCKWORTH T h e Duchess of Plaza-Toro ...................................................... LUCY LANE Casilda (her D aughter).............................................BARBARA GRAHAM G ianetta

EDEL LOFTUS

Tessa

PATRICIA BARDON

Fiam etta V ittoria Giulia

(Contadine)

EMER O’FLAHERTY PAULA HANNAN MICHELE O’BYRNE

Inez (the K ing’s Foster-mother) ......................................DODO O’HAGAN Chorus of Gondoliers and Contadine, Men-at-Arms, Heralds and Pages M isses: Sheiia Molloy, Cathy Vard, Wendy Vard, Sandra Neylan, Mary Sue Duggan, Karen O ’Brien, Doreen Sheridan, Ann Crossan, Sally Y oung, Pauline Woods, Iris Neylan, Denise Long. Messrs: David Barry, Larry Shelley, Seamus Murphy, John Sweetman, B rendan Dempsey, Pat Lawlor, Ron Evans, Frank Jacob, Dom Carroll, Eam onn Fitzgerald, M ark Murray, Clem Forde. Cachucha devised and choreographed by Dolores Delahunty and danced by M ary Godfrey, Raphaelle Cullen, L e o O ’Kennedy, Michael Ryan, P eter Winckworth, Mark Murray. Act I: The Piazzetta, Venice Act II: Pavilion in the Palace of Baratatia (A n interval o f three m onths elapses between A cts I and II) Date: 1750


For Rathmines & Rathgar Musical Society

Honorary General Secretary, Patrick Campbell Honorary Treasurer, Michael Forde Honorary Booking Secretary, Fred Taylor H onorary Business Secretary, Sean Hogan Honorary Wardrobe Master, A rth u r Salmon Honorary Wardrobe Mistress, Cynthia Taylor Stage Director, D aphne Millar Assisted by Clodagh Foley and N ora O ’Rourke Public Relations, Gladys MacNevin Block B ooking Enquiries: Fred T aylor, “ Dartry” , Ardtona Avenue, Dublin 14. Phone: 981249 Credits

Pedestals by G . & T. Cram pton Ltd. Spinning Wheel by Cleo Ltd., Kildare Street. Statues by Nino Cafolla, Continental Crafts, Bolton Street. The public may leave at the end of the performance by all Exit doors. Persons shall not be permitted to stand or sit in any of the gangways intersecting the seating, or sit In any of the other gangways. (Copy of by-laws)

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TH E YEOMEN O F TH E GUARD Last produced by the company in 1978, was the favourite work o f the two distinguished partners. T he idea for the plot cam e to G ilbert when he saw a poster o f a Y eom an on a hoarding at a London railway station. Fortunately the plan also m ade an instant appeal to Sullivan, and G ilbert thenceforth spent days in th e T ow er of London, absorbing atm osphere, and enjoying writing a script which he always declared to be his besi. H e is said to have put a great deal of what he thought was his essential self into th e character o f Jack Point, and regarded this idealised G ilbert as a greater creation than any of Shakespeare’s jesters. T h e first production of the opera was on October 3 1888. It was given such a tum ultuous welcome that Sullivan thought its success would be greater th an that o f the M ikado which preceded it. T he poignancy o f the love affair between Elsie Maynard and Jack Point is in contrast to the romantic warblings of the lugubrious Shadbolt and the little Phoebe, who loves and loses. T h e famous ‘I H ave a Song T o Sing O ’ had been eluding Sullivan, and eventually it was G ilbert who supplied the tune. Sullivan caught the lilt at once, telling G ilbert later “ It was th e only tim e in your life, th at you w rote th e words and music” . A quote from an esteem ed critic at the opening night’s performance: “Sir A rth u r Sullivan has never written anything m ore delicately m elodious and elegant than this, in fact he has never equalled it and probably never will” . TH E GOLDOLIERS T he ageless story of the two personable gondoliers and their refreshingly youthful and pretty wives remains one of the ‘top ten’ in popularity in the G ilbert and Sullivan repertoire. It was the eleventh in th e series and was given its first perform ance on D ecem ber 7,1889. It is rep o rted th at ‘this first night was the m ost brilliant of all their first nights, an d that at the close, the company received an ovation that could be heard outside, above the roar of the S trand” . T he o th e r im portant quartet of players in the opera are the Duke and D uchess o f Plaza T oro, and their darling daughter, Casilda, on whom they have pinned their hopes o f financial survival. H ow ever, her secret love Luiz, is but a drum m er boy, and so beneath her parents’ notice. Tw o o f the loveliest duets Sullivan has w ritten are sung by these two, and th ere are o th er delightful quartets, especially the elegant G avotte in the second act, which also includes the well-known ‘T ake A Pair of Sparkling Eyes’ sung by M arco, ten or p artner of the Gondoliers. T h e production all those years ago was also responsible for an unusual acknow ledgem ent o f each other’s work, when at the end of the first perform ance, G ilbert thanked Sullivan and said ‘the opera gives one the chance o f shining right through the twentieth century with ^reflected light’. It is good to know that th e light still shines. Gladys Mac Nevin.


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