'The Yeomen of the Guard'
13th - 17th March 2012

NODA
'A lovely evening's entertainment.'

Any lover of Gilbert and Sullivan could not fail to enjoy Rosemere AOS presentation of Yeomen Of The Guard. A show that had everything, good principals, excellent chorus and a brilliant orchestra, it was a joy to sit through.

The set was well constructed and the costumes were sumptuous. As it was opening night it needed a little more pace but I am sure this would be corrected on following nights.

All the principals were absolutely spot on. Eleanor Molloy playing Elsie was superb. Hannah Carolanís acting, singing and animated expressions as Phoebe were second to none. I must congratulate Bob Wardle, certainly one of the stars of the show, for giving us a wonderful Jack Point.

This is a show that needs more men than usual and they were there, singing so very well. They all gave strong performances.

Thank you for a lovely evenings entertainment.

Jackie Kay


The Bolton News
'A good all round show.'

Musicals are to a good play what golf is to a good walk. Or perhaps that is being unkind to golf. But at least the G&S affairs have a few laughs. Yeomen is one of the less comedic - more of a Shakespearian tragedy - but still a decent romp with twists and turns a plenty.

Set around the Tower of London in Tudor England, the action, punctuated by a series of toe-tappers, excellently performed by the highly regarded New Rosemere company, centres on the fortunes, or lack thereof, of four chaps and three chapesses, each looking for a mate, all against the unlikely backdrop of one facing the death penalty for alchemy.

Sounds like a plot from EastEnders, doesn't it? Anyway, as we all know, four into three doesn't go, and at least one is left unhappy by the end, with at least two others destined for unhappy marriages.

The one chap left heartbroken at the end - I won't say who - has a lucky escape if you ask me. Waste of time, marriage. Less time to play golf and go to musicals.

It was a faithful enough reproduction, albeit with a couple of nice new gags bringing it up to date. The Deal or No Deal reference went down well, but a sly dig at Peter Kay by the jester fell on flat ears.

David Seager was excellent as Sir Richard Cholmondley and Danny Shaw put in a neat turn as Colonel Fairfax. Standouts were Bob Wardle as the jester Jack Point and the rather foxy Eleanor Molloy as Elsie Maynard. Hannah Carolan and Ken Rees were superb as unlucky-in-love Phoebe Meryll and her father Sgt Meryll. While Liz Tatlock, who tormented the sergeant throughout, and head jailor Ken Brook, also provided a good few laughs.

A good all round show.

Stephen Thompson