…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.

Trial by Jury.jpgAbove 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.

Free pdf of my book JOHN WILSON: AN ENGLISH CONDUCTOR here.

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