Angela’s historic stage challenge take her to the Tower

ANGELA Wade has designed sets for every sort of stage production from Oscar Wilde to Offenbach.

But her latest production for Dore Gilbert and Sullivan Society has proved to be one of the most challenging as she recreates the grandeur of the historic Tower of London within the compact space of Sheffield’s Merlin Theatre.

And to make sure she captured the full dramatic impact of the historic citadel, she paid a visit to the Tower to soak up the atmosphere of the legendary fortress.

The Tower is the setting for classic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Yeomen of the Guard, a powerful tale of an innocent man’s daring bid to escape the executioner during the bloody reign of Henry VIII.

“It’s such an iconic building that I wanted to be able to do it full justice in my design,” said Angela, who has been creating sets for more than 20 years.

“The Tower is in effect as important to the plot as the characters so I really wanted to evoke a sense of its power and scale.”

Angela has been helped in creating the all new set by husband Alan and regular assistant Steve Wilkinson and Brian and Monica Eyley.

But because the Merlin at Nether Edge has no space for production work, the complete construction has had to be made at Intake Methodist Church hall and then transported across the city.

DORE Gilbert and Sullivan Society present classic operetta The Yeomen of the Guard at the Merlin Theatre, Meadowbank Road, Nether Edge, from April 10 to 13. For tickets call 0114 2363797 or visit


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