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The Old Guard is an English version, written by H. B. Farnie, of Les Voltigeurs dela 32ème, an opéra comique in three acts by E . Gondinet et G. Duval with music by Robert Planquette. It was first performed at the Grand Theatre, Birmingham, on 10 October 1887, and transferred to the Avenue Theatre, London, on 26 October 1887.

Dramatis Personæ

POLYDORE POUPART   (Mayor of the village of Macon) Arthur Roberts
MONSIEUR DE VOLTEFACE   (Envoy of Napoleon) Malcolm H. Grahame
GASTON DE LA ROCHENOIRE Joseph Tapley
CAPITAINE MARCEL Alec Marsh
SERGEANT CARAMEL Mr L. Roche
LIEUTENANT VIGOREUX Clara Grahame
THE MARQUIS D'ARTEMARE J. J. Dallas
FRAISETTE Marion Edgcumbe
MURIELLE Fanny Wentworth
PATATOUT Henriette Polak
FOLLOW-THE-DRUM   (a Vivandière) Phyllis Broughton

Musical Numbers

ACT I   -   The Village Inn at Vaudrez-les-Vignes, near Macon in Burgundy, France.

  • No. 1 - Conscription Chorus - "In there, our young men draw, from the urn and by the law, lots, who shall conscript be, shoulder gun and service see! ..."
  • No. 2 - Chorus and Song - Fraisette - "Fraisette!  Just look alive!  Little care for us is shown;  True 'tis, in ev'ry hive, there is sure to be a drone! ..."
  • No. 2½ - Exit - "Who will in the ranks quick fall, ready at their country's call, in their havresack mayhap, bâton of a mareschal! ..."
  • No. 3 - Waltz Song - Marcel - "Only a moment love was mine, yet drank I deep the draught divine!  Only a moment and no more, yet she's my fate for evermore!"
  • No. 4 - Diligence Chorus - "From the coach they're getting down;  now for news from Paris town!"
  • No. 5 - Valse - Murielle - "Wild brigands creeping, through thicket sleeping, lurk'd on our way to make us their prey!  All round was lonely, all still..."
  • No. 5½ - Exit - "That we further news may hear, coachman! come and have some beer!"
  • No. 6 - Duet - Fraisette and Gaston - "All I have to give's my heart; take it, love, since we must part!  Poor gift, I know, yet let it go, 'twill only live were'er thou art..."
  • No. 7 - Air - Fraisette - "Fare thee well, my humble home, where I slept beneath the eaves.  It is no gilded dome my heart with sorrow leaves..."
  • No. 8 - Finale Act I - "Here they come!  Here they come!  Here they come!  Here they come!  Hark! the bugle, hark! the drum! ..."

ACT II   -   The Hall of the Château D'Artemare, that night.

ACT III   -   The Park of the Château D'Artemare, three days later.

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External Links
The Old Guard at The Guide to Musical Theatre
Vocal Score at UR Research

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