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HMS Pinafore / Trial By Jury 1922: The Programme

Presented by David Lovell


Opera House, Leicester

The Royal Opera House, Leicester © David Garratt (1)

2 views Opera House, Leicester

Two early 20th century street views of The Royal Opera House, Leicester (2)

Leicester's Royal Opera House stood in Silver Street (between High Street and the market). It was designed by C.J. Phipps and opened in 1877. A wide variety of performances were staged there for 83 years until it was closed in June 1960 and subsequently demolished. A full history of the theatre can be found at arthurlloyd.co.uk: The Music Hall and Theatre History Website.

Reproduced here is a copy of the programme for the performances of "HMS Pinafore" and "Trial by Jury" by the Leicester Amateurs at the Royal Opera House, Leicester in March 1922. It places in context the photographs from George Cook's annotated album. Because of the smallness of the typeface, the individual pages have been scanned in a larger size and can be examined at leisure by clicking on the appropriate link. Click the [Back] button of your browser to come back to this page.

Author's note

The Leicester Amateurs are still going strong although I have yet to perform with them; they now perform modern musicals and are currently rehearsing Sweet Charity for May 2008. My first G&S experiences were in the Newcastle University G&S Society's productions at the Tyne Theatre & Opera House and the Newcastle Playhouse in the late 1980s. Recent roles have been Lord Chancellor (2007), Robin Oakapple (2005), John Wellington Wells (2003), Ko-Ko (2001), Jack Point (2000), Earl of Mountararat (1999), Giuseppe (1998) with Leicester Operatic Players, Leicester Opera, Leicester G&S Society.

David Lovell, Leicester, UK

The Programme

The programme cover

The front cover

The fly leaf

The rear cover

Trial By Jury photographs

Shipley's advertisement: Trial by Jury 1

Trial by Jury photographs - 1: See a higher resolution image of these pages

James McRobie advertisement: Trial by Jury 2

Trial by Jury photographs - 2: See a higher resolution image of these pages

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Page added - November 7th 2007
Last updated - May 23rd 2016

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HMS Pinafore photographs

Youngs advertisement: HMS Pinafore 1

HMS Pinafore photographs - 1: See a higher resolution image of these pages

Pearce advertisement: HMS Pinafore 2

HMS Pinafore photographs - 2: See a higher resolution image of these pages

Dryad advertisement: HMS Pinafore 3

HMS Pinafore photographs - 3: See a higher resolution image of these pages

Simpkin and James advertisement: HMS Pinafore 4

HMS Pinafore photographs - 4: See a higher resolution image of these pages


1. The Royal Opera House, Leicester: A drawing of the exterior (1876) by David Garratt from the original plan by C.J. Phipps: © David Garratt in Leicester Theatres. arthurlloyd.co.uk: The Music Hall and Theatre History Website.
2. Street views of Royal Opera House, Leicester: Leicester Past and Present ~ A walk down memory lane: facebook

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