'Trial by Jury' opened at the Royalty Theatre on March 25, 1875, and was exceptionally well received. Gilbert's absurd plot concerns Angelina, who sues Edwin because he broke their betrothal and fell for another girl. Angelina must persuade the court that her loss has been immense, but Edwin tries to convince the Jury he would be a worthless husband. The Judge falls in love first with a bridesmaid, then with Angelina, whom he marries. Realistic sets and bridal costumes hint at the irony of the farce, that here there is no real love.
This is the Schirmer edition of the Vocal Score, edited by Bryceson Treharne.