Audio described in-house
This double- bill sees Leonard Bernstein’s satire on the 1950s American Dream, Trouble in Tahiti, paired with Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious courtroom farce Trial by Jury.
Trouble in Tahiti tells the tale of Sam and Dinah who appear to be living the perfect life in suburbia. But their growing detachment exposes a mutual feeling that they are trapped in a life that has turned into a lie. Sam escapes to his masculine world of work and the gym, while Dinah loses herself in the movies, particularly the hit picture of the day, the ominously-titled Trouble in Tahiti. Bernstein’s score is heavily influenced by the syncopated rhythms of jazz and by the sounds of Hollywood and Broadway.
In Trial by Jury, glamorous Angelina brings a court case against her intended husband Edwin, who jilts her when he comes to the realisation that she bores him intensely. Unfortunately for Edwin, the members of the jury and even the judge have fallen for Angelina themselves. Every ounce of comic potential is mined from a ludicrous plot which is taken perfectly seriously by everyone caught up in it. With its witty comic numbers, catchy tunes and a superb mock-operatic ensemble, Trial by Jury was Gilbert & Sullivan’s first operetta and launched a partnership that took British musical theatre by storm.
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