Annie Palmer (1875, 1876, 1878)

When Trial by Jury opened at London's Royalty Theatre on March 25, 1875, Annie Palmer was Berginella in Offenbach's La Perichole, the full-length attraction at the time on the Royalty bill. She was also a bridesmaid in Trial by Jury. She remained in the cast into 1876, and when Trial by Jury was transferred to the Opera Comique in January of that year she was promoted to First Bridesmaid, though the Company was by then no longer under D'Oyly Carte management. Trial by Jury ran until May, with Miss Palmer also appearing in A Hornet's Nest and Madame L'Archiduc.

Miss Palmer had two further engagements under D'Oyly Carte auspices. In June 1876, Mr. R. D'Oyly Carte's Opera Bouffe Company was formed for a brief tour with Carte himself as musical director. The Company performed such full-length works as La Perichole (Miss Palmer presumably as Berginella), La Fille de Madame Angot (Miss Palmer in an unidentified role), and shorter works including Trial by Jury (Miss Palmer as the First Bridesmaid) and Carte's own Happy Hampstead (Miss Palmer in an unidentified role). The tour ended in August 1876.

From March to August 1878 the touring Comedy Opera Company Ltd., under the management of Richard D'Oyly Carte, gave the first provincial production of The Sorcerer with Trial by Jury. Miss Palmer was once again the First Bridesmaid in the shorter work.

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