EveryAge Counts

EveryAge Counts was launched to develop public awareness of the increasing problem of ageism in our society.


The Yeomen of the Guard is the only Gilbert and Sullivan opera with a sad ending: the jester Jack Point loses his beloved Elsie to his rival Colonel Fairfax, and according to the stage direction “falls insensible at their feet”. George Grossmith, who created the part, suggested by his comic acting that this fall was not to be taken seriously; but Henry Lytton, playing the part with D’Oyly Carte’s touring company, made it starkly clear that the jester fell dead of a broken heart. Gilbert, surprisingly for such a decisive man, never stated firmly which interpretation was correct; and the ambiguity has provided performers with scope for individual interpretations ever since.