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Trial By Jury


Gilbert and Sullivan

Produced by Harry Yates

9th - 13th April, 1929

This was produced in conjunction with The Socrcerer.

Trial by Jury is a comic opera in one act, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. It was first produced on 25 March 1875, at London's Royalty Theatre, where it initially ran for 131 performances and was considered a hit, receiving critical praise and outrunning its popular companion piece, Jacques Offenbach's La Périchole. The story concerns a "breach of promise of marriage" lawsuit in which the judge and legal system are the objects of lighthearted satire. Gilbert based the libretto of Trial by Jury on an operetta parody that he had written in 1868.

The Learned Judge S W Dronsfield
The Plaintiff Dorothy Smethurst
The Defendant Arthur Wilkes
Counsel for the Plaintiff L Wharton
Usher John Reid
Foreman of the Jury Gilbert Horrocks
Associates R Chadwick
J M Horrocks
First Bridesmaid Margot Osborn
Gwladys Bailey, Elsie Boon, Queenie Eadington, Kathleen Ousey, G Muriel Whitehead
Geoffrey R Allen, Norman B Broadbent, F W Blease, A W Eva, Roy L Farrington, Harry P Griffiths, A B Mallinson, Archibald Marshall, Fred J Milton, John Shore
May Allen, Olive Allen, Ivy Bray, Isabel Broadbent, Norah Cartwright, Lilian H Dewhirst, Mary Dronsfield, M Kathleen Gibson, Hilda Livesey, Dorothy I Marshall, Alice Milton, Helen B Phillips, Gladys Price, Muriel M Price, Edith M Smithies, Florence V Wharton, Annie Whitehead
Hon Accompanist Mrs Blease
Hon Stage Manager J R Whitaker
Hon Assistant Stage Manager J R H Clayton
Hon Electricians J B Dean
A C Mallinson
Hon Property Mistress Mrs C H Nickson
Hon Property Masters A W Eva
H B Hobbs
Hon Wardrobe Mistresses Mrs Eva
Mrs Harcombe
Hon Sec and Business Manager T G Whitaker
Musical Director Mr Lee Thistlewaite
Leader Mrs Camden
First Violins Mr V G Hill
Miss V Simpson
Mr O Milburn
Second Violins Mrs B Bythell
Miss G Walsh
Miss M Milnes
Viola Mr P Godlee
Mr A G Haworth
Mr D Milburn
Cello Mrs Scott
Mrs T Clayton
Dr Blythell
Bass Mr Howarth
Flute Mr Seville
Oboe Mr Wandsworth
Clarinet Miss Ballingall
Bassoon Mr Johnson
Trumpet Mr Wild
Trombone Mr Old
Drums Mr Ball
Scenery by FITUPS, Ferdinand Stret, Oldham Road, Manchester
Costumes by S B WATTS & CO, 70 Canon Street, Manchester