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Did You Know

  • Our 55th production and the fifth time we've produced "Trial By Jury". As on all the previous productions, this was a double bill with "HMS Pinafore".

    Take a look at our previous productions of "Trial By Jury".

    2015 2003 1993 1984 1974 1966

  • From Gilbert's Bab Ballads: Bab Ballads, the judges song
    "The Judges Song"
  • "Trial by Jury" is the earliest work by Glbert & Sullivan still performed today. Their very first joint enterprise, Thespis (written as for the Christmas Season in 1871), has disappeared.

    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.

Trial By Jury (2003)

Producer/Director : Graham Weston
Musical Director : Ian Abbott
(Steve Mellor 12th April)


The Learned Judge : Malcolm Parkinson
Counsel for the Plaintiff : Stephanie Roe
The Defendant : Paul Wilson
Foreman of the Jury : John Foster
Usher : Robert Thurman
The Associate : Sally Roberts
The Plaintiff : Natalie Hanson
Bridesmaids : Tracey Barker, Samantha Jones, Emily Berry, Kirsty Lees, Lyndsey Hanson, Caroline Roberts

John Berry, David Hall, David Hirst, Stephen Roe, Ian Townend, Ian Castle, Paul Child, Keith Horner, Tony Johnson, Andrew Stopford.


Margaret Hanson, Aileen Middleton, Rachel Quayle, Sue Ralph, Sally Roberts, Debbie Stringer, Kathryn Thurman, Pamela Thorne.

"Ruddigore" in pictures