Past Productions > 1902 > Trial by Jury

Yeovil Operatic Society

Inaugural 1902 Production

Trial by Jury

Gilbert & Sullivan's Operetta

By permission of Mrs D'Oyly Carte

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

Wednesday 10th December 1902 was the date of the first public performance by the newly-formed Yeovil Operatic Society, which was a concert in The Assembly Rooms at the Constitutional Club in Princes Street. This was the culmination of a series of successful al fresco events by the self-styled 'Union Jack Concert Party' during Yeovil's Coronation Festivities for King Edward VII.

The evening began with a variety show, featuring both singing and comedy acts. The second part of the concert was a performance of the well-known Gilbert & Sullivan operetta 'Trial by Jury'. The report by The Western 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 Western Chronicle as "quite a success, the musical and theatrical parts being a credit to the actors"!

Cutting from The Western Chronicle, Friday 12 December 1902
The Western Chronicle, Friday 12 December 1902
Yeovil Chronicle Friday 12 December 1902 (1)Yeovil Chronicle Friday 12 December 1902 (2)

The Cast of the YAOS 1902 production of 'Trial by Jury'
Copied from the 1934 Programme
The Cast of 'Trial by Jury' 1902

The Constitutional Club & Assembly Rooms in Princes Street (c1902)
Assembly Rooms, Princes Street, Yeovil (c1900)

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