1905

TRIAL BY JURY

Music by Arthur Sullivan: Lyrics and Libretto by W. S. Gilbert

The Story

Angelina is suing Edwin for breach of promise, claiming that he has broken his word to marry her. In his own defence, Edwin argues that is unfair to punish him for loving one girl one day and, bored with her, loving another the next. However, the sight of this beautiful girl overcome by emotion and greatly distressed quickly captures the hearts of the 'impartial' jury. In an attempt to resolve the matter, Edwin offers to marry both girls but his suggestion is rejected on the grounds of bigamy. Faced with potentially substantial damages, Edwin then claims to be a drunkard and a bully, liable to beat Angelina when intoxicated, and worth very little in financial terms. This leads the Judge to suggest that they make him drunk and observe his behaviour towards Angelina! When all except Edwin object to this the Judge becomes very impatient with the whole affair and, in a final effort to bring the trial to a conclusion, he declares that he will marry Angelina himself. This suits everybody, and the case is closed.

 

The Music Includes:

When First My Old, Old Love I Knew
When I, Good Friends, Was Call'd To The Bar
Comes The Broken Flower
Oh, Gentlemen, Listen, I Pray
I Love Him, I Love Him

 
 
 
 
 

 


Director -William N McCallum
Musical Director - George W Lingard

 

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