Classical music

Trial by Jury

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury was the Mamma Mia! of the 1870s, running for hundreds of performances and touring as far as the USA and Australia.

It’s part courtroom comedy, part love story. Edwin has broken off his engagement to Angelina – so she decides to sue him for breach of contract.

But it all gets very complicated when the jury shows it’s far from impartial.

The OAE teams up with big-band leader John Wilson for its first full-length performance of a Gilbert and Sullivan opera, as well as hits from G&S favourites including The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore.

Hear them as you’ve never quite heard them before, performed on instruments from the time the music was written.


Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
John Wilson conductor
Simon Butteriss baritone, The Learned Judge
Louise Alder soprano, Angelina (The Plaintiff)
Simon Bailey baritone, Counsel for the Plaintiff
Choir of the Enlightenment


Gilbert & Sullivan: Overture, The Gondoliers; Ring forth ye bells from The Sorcerer; Is life a boon from The Yeomen of the Guard; Climbing over rocky mountain from The Pirates of Penzance; Minerva and Oh Goddess wise from Princess Ida; Overture, Iolanthe; As someday it may happen from The Mikado; Never mind the why and wherefore from HMS Pinafore; Painted emblems of a race from Ruddigore; When the night wind howls from Ruddigore; When I was a lad from HMS Pinafore; One more Gondoleri from The Gondoliers
Gilbert & Sullivan: Trial by Jury - comic opera in 1 act

Dates & times

18 Apr 2019
Approximate run time: 120 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Queen Elizabeth Hall


£10 - £75
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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Book multiple Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 2 – 3 events (15% discount); 4 – 7 events (20% discount); 8 or more events (25% discount). Events must be in the 2018/19 season. This discount is not available on Premium seats.


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Book multiple Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment events in the same transaction and receive a discount.
2 – 3 events (15% discount)
4 – 7 events (20% discount)
8 or more events (25% discount)

Book an Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment event for a group of ten people or more and receive a 20% discount.

Under-35s receive a 50% discount. Please bring identification for proof of age.

Children and student £5 tickets are available for every concert.

These discounts, and the £5 tickets, are not available on top-price seats.