Baroness Hale, the former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, became well-known to the public after her ruling against Boris Johnson’s proroguing of Parliament, wearing her now infamous spider brooch. Herself a Gilbert and Sullivan fan and performer from her student days, she helps the Society celebrate its 40th Anniversary by reflecting on her life in the law and the position of women in society, interspersed with extracts from the Savoy Operas on these themes.

Lady Hale’s recollections are followed by a production of Trial by Jury which illustrates splendidly how well Sullivan’s good-humoured music compliments Gilbert’s witty satire of the law and society, much of which is still highly relevant today.