…including a complete performance of Trial By Jury, which I was in a production of before my bonny lad was even born.

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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.

 

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