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27 Sep - 17 Nov 2017

Gilbert & Sullivan's hilarious courtroom farce
Part of The Little Greats

The glamorous Angelina brings a court case against her intended husband Edwin, who jilts her when he comes to the ghastly realisation that she bores him intensely. Unfortunately for Edwin, all of the members of the jury and even the judge have fallen for Angelina themselves. But what will happen to Edwin, her erstwhile intended? And will Angelina achieve her dream of walking down the aisle?

Every ounce of comic potential is mined from a ludicrous plot which is taken perfectly seriously by everyone caught up in it. With its brilliantly witty comic numbers, catchy tunes and a superb mock-operatic ensemble, Trial by Jury cemented a partnership that took British musical theatre by storm. It is cast entirely from the Chorus of Opera North who showcased their versatility in last year’s musical success, Into the Woods, in collaboration with the West Yorkshire Playhouse.


Running Time

Approximately 45 minutes


Sung in English


See Trial By Jury in a double bill with Trouble in Tahiti.

What the critics say

...all went according to plan, with Nicholas Watts shining in Edwin’s graceful aria and Jeremy Peaker proving himself a true Savoyard in the Judge’s satirical ballad.

The Telegraph - Full Review ›

Amy Freston sparkles and shimmies as Angelina, her light, clear voice utterly right for the role...Oliver Rundell conjures bright, fizzing colours from the Orchestra of Opera North.

The Arts Desk - Full Review ›

...bright and breezy...unfailingly clever.

The Stage - Full Review ›



  • The Learned Judge Jeremy Peaker
  • The Plaintiff Amy Freston
  • The Defendant Nicholas Watts
  • Counsel for the Plaintiff Claire Pascoe
  • Usher Richard Mosley-Evans
Creative Team
  • Conductor Oliver Rundell
  • Director John Savournin
  • Set Designer Charles Edwards
  • Costume Designer Gabrielle Dalton
  • Lighting Designer Charles Edwards
  • Movement Director Tim Claydon

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Leeds Grand Theatre

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46 New Briggate
Leeds Grand Theatre

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Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)

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Choose from these fantastic pre-theatre dining options and make your experience complete!

The Alchemist

Opera North ticket holders can enjoy 20% off their food bill at The Alchemist. Located on the second floor of Trinity Shopping Centre, The Alchemist offers a fantastic menu and stunning views of Leeds City Centre. Not available Saturdays. 

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Manahatta is a recently opened bar and kitchen located on Merrion Street, just a minute's walk from Leeds Grand Theatre. Serving a fantastic New York inspired menu made with fresh local produce, guests will receive 20% off their food bill before 6.15pm with proof of ticket. Booking is required. 

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North Bar

Opera North and Howard Assembly Room ticket holders can enjoy 10% off all drinks at New Briggate's finest craft beer hotspot — North Bar, just a stone's throw from Leeds Grand Theatre. 

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Enjoy 15% off all food and drink at authentic Italian wine bar Veeno (Leeds branch only) on presentation of ticket for an Opera North performance. Excludes Fridays and Saturdays after 5.00pm. 

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Veritas Ale & Wine Bar

Enjoy a special pre-opera meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. Just a 5-10 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, choose either two courses for £13.95 (£17.50 with a 175ml house wine) or three courses for £15.95 (£19.50 with a 175ml house wine). Available 5.00-6.30pm. Booking is required.

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Brasserie Blanc

Sample the fabulous pre-theatre menu at Brasserie Blanc and choose from two courses for £11.95 or three courses for £15.45, with a complimentary glass of fizz for Opera North ticket holders. Located just a 10 minute walk from the Leeds Grand Theatre. Available 12.00-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday. 

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The Reliance

Just a 5 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, The Reliance bar and dining room offers a fantastic pre-theatre menu. Choose from two courses for £14.45 or three courses for £18.90. Available 5.30-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday.

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Kingston Square


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Theatre Square

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Box Office: 0115 989 5555

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By Car

Follow signs for the city centre and the 'Royal Zone'. Nearest car parks are Talbot Street car park and Crowne Plaza Hotel car park on Wollaton Street.
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By Bus

For bus times call Nottingham City Transport on 0115 950 6070, Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk   Find out about our £1 return bus ticket here.

By Tram

 The 'Royal Centre' tram stop is directly outside the venue and runs every 10 minutes until midnight. There are five Park and Ride sites along the route. Visit www.thetram.net or call 0115 942 7777 for full details of the tram route. Find out about our £1 return tram ticket here.

By Rail

Nottingham Station is a 15 minute walk or a short taxi or tram ride from the venue. Call 0845 748 4950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times and fares. 


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100 Grey Street

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Box office: 08448 112121


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The two closest car parks to Theatre Royal are the Oxford Street multi-storey (just behind the Laing) and the Dean Street multi-storey. Click here for more info.

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The Theatre Royal is only ten minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station.

Salford Quays

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Pier 8
Salford Quays
M50 3AZ

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Box office: 0843 208 6000 

There is a passenger drop-off point immediately in front of The Lowry. Secure parking is available in The Lowry Outlet Mall multi-storey car park. There are designated areas for disabled parking on every level. 

The Lowry is accessible by train, tram and bus. http://www.tfgm.com/

From national railway stations, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria you can travel to The Lowry by Metrolink tram. You can board an Eccles line tram and should alight at Harbour City, or Media City UK for trams which stop there, as this is slightly closer.

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What you say

Comment from Ian Bond


Ian Bond said ago

Whilst it is to be applauded that Opera North have turned to Gilbert and Sullivan again following their wonderful production of RUDDIGORE, there are two points about this that are causes for regret.

Firstly, why do Opera North feel the need to say that they are casting the opera from the chorus? This sounds like some sort of excuse. What is it about TRIAL BY JURY that they feel a need to do this, let alone tell the world in their advertising?

Secondly, one would hope that the publicity department at Opera North could actually get their facts right. TRIAL BY JURY was not the first Gilbert and Sullivan Opera - that honour goes to THESPIS produced at London's Gaiety Theatre on 26th December 1871, three years earlier.

Opera North response:

Hi Ian, We're thrilled to hear that you are looking forward to our production and that you enjoyed Ruddigore. We celebrate the fact that Trial By Jury is cast entirely from our Chorus, because they are a group of incredibly talented artists at the heart of our company. They took centre stage in Into The Woods last summer to great acclaim and we are proud that they take centre stage again this season. And again, thank you for your correction. We have since amended web copy and can only apologise. We hope you enjoy the production!

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At the Court of the Exchequer, the jury and members of the public gather to hear a case of breach of promise of marriage.

The Usher introduces proceedings by exhorting the jury to listen to the case of the Plaintiff (Angelina). When the Defendant (Edwin) arrives, the Gentlemen of the Jury greet him with hostility, even though, as he points out, they have as yet no idea of the merits of his case. He tells them that he jilted the Plaintiff because she bored him, and he then took up with another woman. 

The Judge enters with great ceremony and describes how he rose to his exalted position – by courting the elderly daughter of an influential attorney. Once raised to the bench, the Judge immediately abandoned the daughter.

The Jury is sworn in and the Plaintiff summoned. She is preceded into the courtroom by her bridesmaids. Angelina instantly captures the hearts of both Judge and Jury. The Counsel for the Plaintiff details Edwin’s betrayal of Angelina, which the Defendant counters by explaining the reasons for his change of heart.

Edwin offers to marry Angelina today and his new love (whoever that may be) tomorrow, if that would satisfy everyone. At first the Judge accepts this solution, until ​the ​Counsel reminds him that to do so would be a criminal offence.

Angelina demonstrates the depth of her love, and bemoans her loss – all in evidence of the large amount of damages that the Jury should force Edwin to pay. Edwin counters by claiming he is a smoker, a drunkard, and – when tipsy – a violent bully, and that Angelina would not have put up with him for a single day; thus the damages should be small.

The Judge suggests making Edwin tipsy to see if he would really be aggressive to Angelina, but everyone (except Edwin) objects to this experiment. Frustrated by the lack of progress, the Judge proposes an unorthodox means of resolving the case.