A double bill of comedic charm!
‘Pineapple Poll’ is a Gilbert and Sullivan-inspired comic ballet first performed in 1951 at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre. The music, arranged by Sir Charles Mackerras, is a compilation of ‘the eminently danceable tunes’ of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas. The story follows Pineapple Poll, a flower-seller, who is admired by Jasper, the “pot boy” at the local tavern. When the H.M.S. Hot Cross Bun docks in town all the village girls including Pineapple Poll, vie for the attention of the dashing Captain Belaye. However, Belaye has his eye on Blanche, the local beauty, who is chaperoned by her aunt, Mrs. Dimple. With lively, energetic dances and of course a happy ending, ‘Pineapple Poll’ is a light-hearted theatrical delight!
Trial by Jury:
Trial by Jury is a comic opera in one act, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. It was first produced on 25 March 1875, at London's Royalty Theatre, where it initially ran for 131 performances and was considered a hit, receiving critical praise. The story concerns a "breach of promise of marriage" lawsuit in which the judge and legal system are the objects of lighthearted satire. Gilbert based the libretto of Trial by Jury on an operetta parody that he had written in 1868.