G & S Trial and award-winning comedy

MILBORNE Port Opera will perform a unique double bill for its 2018 production, on stage at the village hall from Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th April.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury is joined by a truncated version of Neil Edwards’ 2010 creation, Murder at Shakerley House.

Trial by Jury needs little introduction. It’s a musically brilliant courtroom skit all about a prosecution for Breach of Promise of Marriage. With a none-too-innocent blushing bride, a philandering fiance, a judge with an eye on the main chance and a decidedly biased jury, this is legal mayhem!

The second mini-opera on the bill is murderous in nature. A 15-minute version of Murder at Shak­erley House was performed at the Giant Coarse Acting Festival at Ealing’s Questors Theatre last Nov­ember, where chief judge Timothy West awarded MPO the coveted prize for best production. Milborne Port audiences have the chance to see a fuller one-act version, performed in inimitable Coarse Acting style – think the Opera that Goes Wrong!

Trial by Jury is directed by MPO favourite Candice Marcus. Mark Blackham plays the role of the Learned Judge, with Rachel Milestone-Mcadorey as the Plain­tiff, James Craw as the Defendant, Allison Gosney as the Counsel for the Plaintiff, Andrew Armstrong as the Usher and Chris Bailward as the Foreman of the Jury.

In The Murder at Shakerley House, which is directed by its creator Neil Edwards,  a large cast plays a number of small parts. They include Andrew Armstrong, Chris Bailward, Sarah Bignell, Richard Gaunt, Neil Harrison-Shaw, Gemma Kiddle, Linda Mumford, Peter Mumford, Sukie Read, Alison Ruddy, Oscar Shave, Jessie Stones, Trevor John and Anthony White.

Caroline D’Cruz directs the music for both shows.

For more details visit the website, www.mpopera.co.uk or the Milborne Port Opera Facebook page.

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