…including a complete concert performance of Trial By Jury which I was in, in a fully-staged semi-pro production, the year before my sweet Geordie lad was born.
Above John: No one does it better than D’Oyly Carte, 1975.
Hastily conceived as a one-act filler for an evening’s entertainment with Offenbach’s La Périchole, Trial By Jury quickly established itself as the real hit of the production. Although this was not Gilbert & Sullivan’s first collaboration, it was the work that established the partnership for good. The first performance of Trial By Jury was on 25 March, 1875.
Here’s a 1985 British TV production of this selfsame one-act operetta with comedian Frankie Howerd as the Judge, and it’s a scream.
- “The Story So Far, with Conductor John Wilson”
- “The Story So Far; Or, Conductor John Wilson—His Limits”