Presenting Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Trial by Jury’

The Underground is proud to present the classic duo Gilbert & Sullivan this Thursday night. What can we tell you about this gem of a show? It’s an operetta. It’s all takes place under an hour. It’s really, really funny! It’s directed by Jeffrey Madison (his directorial debut). The voice in this show are incredible! Need we go on?

While we could keep giving you reason after reason why you should come check out this little gem of a show, we’ll give you a quick understanding of the show…and then let you click over to the Underground’s website to get your tickets now.


Trial by Jury is an opera that pokes and makes of fun of the English Judicial system. In this court room, Angelina (the plaintiff) is accusing her husband, Edwin, of an offense referred to as “breach of promise” (also known as cheating to those of us who do not often frequent English courtrooms!)

It comes to Angelina’s attention that Edwin is leaving her for another woman, so naturally, she is heartbroken and wants repercussions. The jury seems to have already made its decision before they had even heard Edwin’s case. They are encouraged openly by Angelina’s attorney to be on her side because there is absolutely no doubt that Edwin is guilty.


The defendant’s opening argument? He has been bored of Angelina for a very long time, so he would have left her anyway whether there was another woman or not. Therefore he should have a lighter punishment. Was that a clever argument? Questionable!

You would think that one unwise individual is enough inside this courtroom. Wrong! The judge, the one man who is supposed to be sane and just, responds to Edwin’s plea by telling the courtroom that he too cheated on his beloved, whose father helped him rise to high ranks, and left her for another woman. Now, he is a changed man and condemns this act. Yep!

This is just the beginning… No wonder Angelina goes home with a husband and it is not Edwin! Come see this delinquent courtroom run like a mad house with a ludicrous jury, ridiculous attorneys and a wild judge.


“The Judge, who delightfully puts a stop to all proceedings to inform the court of how he reached his elevated station, is a delicious parody of the ineptness of the judiciary.” – Opera Today

“It would be as difficult to conceive the existence of Mr. Gilbert’s verses without Mr. Sullivan’s music, as of Mr. Sullivan’s music without Mr. Gilbert’s verses. Each gives each a double charm.”
The New York Times

Trial by Jury is a traditionally structured show in which the words are supremely important.” – Show Biz Radio



Trial by Jury is a one act opera with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. It was first played on march 25, 1875 at London’s Royalty Theatre. There, it was performed 131 times and was received very positively by critics. Sullivan and Gilbert had collaborated before, but this particular opera launched the famous series of 13 collaborative works between Gilbert and Sullivan that came to be known as the Savoy Operas.

Sullivan and Gilbert’s opera plots were very well received because they all had one commonality: their plots were preposterous and the characters thought the events were perfectly ordinary when they were absolutely not, which is very well reflected in Trial by Jury.

These operas owe their success to Gilbert’s very witty satire and Sullivan’s amusing musical notes. The Savoy operas, though forgotten today, influenced the foundation and creation of modern musicals.



Tickets for Trial by Jury are on sale now online, by calling 218.733.7555, or stopping by the Playhouse Box Office during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm).

Tickets will also be on sale at the door before each performance, starting at 6:30 at the Underground box office (if the show isn’t already sold out prior).

The show runs February 26-28 with all shows at 7:30pm.


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