"Trial By Jury"is set in a court of law, the original setting being based by Gilbert on the Clerkenwell Court in which he had appeared during his early, brief and unremunerative career as a lawyer.
The bare bones for Trial appeared in the 11th April 1868 edition of Fun, a magazine to which Gilbert was a regular contributor. In 1875, Richard D'Oyly Carte commissioned Gilbert & Sullivan to produce a short opera. By then, Gilbert had turned the original idea into a full-scale libretto which proved the perfect basis for Sullivan's music.
From Gilbert's Bab Ballads:
Producer/Director : David Fletcher
Musical Director : David Wilkinson
|The Learned Judge :||Robert Thurman|
|Counsel for the Plaintiff :||Alison Sowerby|
|The Defendant :||Ian Townend|
|Foreman of the Jury :||Keith Horner|
|Usher :||David Atkinson|
|The Associate :||Allen Haigh|
|The Plaintiff :||Stephanie Roe|
|Bridesmaids :||Verity Bird, Louise Halliwell, Judith Gill, Sue Ralph, Rachel Roe, Tracey Spencer|