1998 Trial by Jury

Trial by Jury
Performance dates: 
18th October 1998
Performance times: 
The Old Gym, Wellington College, Crowthorne

Trial by Jury (1875) was comissioned by Richard D'Oyly Carte as a curtain raiser for the Royalty Theatre. It was written as a short dramatic cantata. Musically it is a gem, and is considered by many to be their best work (although HMS Pinafore ran for longer).

The story, lampooning the law as Gilbert, a failed barrister, so often did, is a court action for breach of promise of marriage. The Usher briefs the Jury to save time in the proceedings and the Defendent soon makes his own, less than blameless position clear. The learned Judge establishes his fitness to try the case - based on his own experience!

The plaintiff charms all the men and lets them know she wants the money. Counsel proves that marrying two wives at a time is Burglaree, and the ensuing dilemma is only solved by the Judge marrying her himself.

Cast list: 

Members of the Sunningdale Savoy Singers with the Crowthorne Chamber Orchestra

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