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5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it!, 23 Dec 2011
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Richard di Calatrava (Dorchester, Dorset, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Gilbert & Sullivan - Trial By Jury / Cox & Box [1982] (DVD)
The gem here is the wonderful performance of Cox & Box - it just captures the mock-Victorian atmosphere splendidly, with three performances (+ loads of extras!) which do the production full justice. This is far and away the best of the variable Walker G&S series.

The Trial by Jury is good too, despite the hamming of Frankie Howerd which -without the benefit of audience-response (c/f Up Pompeii)- is merely trite and sometimes embarrassing. I think that the addition of the Di Ballo overture as a mimed sort of preparation for the "main event" works!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid performances, 10 Mar 2011
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Ruth O'D (Limerick, Ireland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Gilbert & Sullivan - Trial By Jury / Cox & Box [1982] (DVD)
Trial by Jury

I was a little disappointed at first by this production of Trial by Jury; I had previously seen the sparkling Opera Australia version Gilbert & Sullivan - HMS Pinafore & Trial by Jury, and this seemed dull in comparison. It is certainly not helped by the unnecessary addition of a long musical prelude, introducing the characters to the music of Sullivan's `Overture di Ballo'.

However it has grown on me as I watched it a few times - I still prefer the modern version, particularly Anthony Warlow's judge, but find this has merit too. It is colourful, lively and the singing is good. Ryland Davies makes a very funny, hapless Edwin although I found Kate Flowers (Yum-Yum in The Mikado), complete with blonde curls and lollipop, too coy and simpering as Angelina. Frankie Howerd hams it up as the judge, but is not as annoying as he is in H.M.S. Pinafore.

Cox and Box

This short operetta is not really Gilbert and Sullivan; Arthur Sullivan provides the music, but the words are by F.C Burnand. It is perhaps not as clever and subtle in its humour as Gilbert's works, but we found it got funnier as it went on, and it made us laugh out loud several times. Russell Smythe and John Fryatt worked really well together as Cox and Box, both seemed to be in tune with the comic tone of the piece, neither boring nor slapstick. Since most of the play features just these two, it is vital that they are well cast, and I found both excellent. They were ably supported by Thomas Lawlor as their unscrupulous landlord, Bouncer, and his rag-tag chorus of extras.

Overall both productions are well worth watching for fans of Gilbert and Sullivan, but I preferred the silliness of Cox and Box.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 Nov 2014
This review is from: Gilbert & Sullivan - Trial By Jury / Cox & Box [1982] (DVD)
Extremely good value and super fast service. Thankyou
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 Sep 2014
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Brilliant production
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