YAOS Past Productions > 1902 > Trial by Jury


Yeovil Operatic Society

presents its inaugural production

Gilbert & Sullivan's Operetta

Trial by Jury


The Assembly Rooms

Princes Street, Yeovil


10 - 12 December 1902

Stage Manager: Mr Jack Horrex
Musical Director: Mr B B Swaffield
Accompanist: Miss Parsons
Hon Secretary: Mr Charles Edwards

Music by Mr Arthur Sullivan

Librettist Mr W S Gilbert

By permission of Mrs D'Oyly Carte

Wednesday 10th December 1902 was the date of the first reported performance by the newly-formed Yeovil Operatic Society, which took place in The Assembly Rooms at the Constitutional Club in Princes Street. This was a concert arranged in connection with Yeovil's celebration of the coronation of King Edward VII on 9th August 1902.

The first part of the concert was a variety show, with a mixture of singing and comedy acts. The second part was a performance of the well-known Gilbert & Sullivan operetta 'Trial by Jury'. The report by the Yeovil Chronicle in its edition of Friday 12th December 1902 is copied below. Similar reports were also carried by the Western Gazette on 12th December 1902 and Pulman's Weekly on 16th December 1902. The performance was described by the Yeovil Chronicle as "quite a success, the musical and theatrical parts being a credit to the actors"!

Yeovil Chronicle, Friday 12 December, 1902

Yeovil Chronicle Friday 12 December 1902 (1)Yeovil Chronicle Friday 12 December 1902 (2)
(Newspaper cutting courtesy of Mr Jack Sweet)
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The Cast of the YAOS 1902 production of 'Trial by Jury'
The Cast of 'Trial by Jury' 1902
(Copied from the 1934 Programme)
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The Yeovil Constitutional Club & Assembly Rooms in Princes Street (c1902)
Assembly Rooms, Princes Street, Yeovil (c1900)
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