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Princess Ida 1918D'Oyly Carte Opera Company

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Princess Ida received a single performance in each venue on this visit to Aberdeen and Dundee, being played on Friday of the first week.

Cast changes were necessitated by the virulence of the flu epidemic ravaging the country. Edward McKeown and Ella Quartly had both dropped out of The Gondoliers two nights earlier. The lead tenor was substituted at the following night's double bill of Trial and Pinafore, and continued unwell for the rest of the visit. It is therefore unlikely that Quartly had recovered, but her role is not of sufficient significance to merit mention in the press.

It is interesting that the replacement of the lead tenor was not done as a direct substitution, with James Turnbull taking over as Hilarion, but rather by means of a rotation, so that Hugh Blackmore, cast as Cyril for the tour, moved over to Hilarion, leaving Turnbull to come in to the comic part.

Performances in Edinburgh and Glasgow to be confirmed.

The complete cast is taken from a programme for Aberdeen held in the Dundee City Library (in a collection of documents left by James Buchan, the long-serving critic of the Dundee Courier). Amendments for the performance a fortnight later in Dundee are gathered from the Dundee Advertiser and Dundee Courier & Argus.

Performance Cast

King Hildebrand

Frank Wilson (Oct 11, 25)

Hilarion Hildebrand's Son

Edward McKeown (Oct 11)

Hugh Blackmore (Oct 25)

Florian Hilarion's Friend

Oscar Langwade (Oct 11, 25)

Cyril Hilarion's Friend

Hugh Blackmore (Oct 11)

James Turnbull (Oct 25)

King Gama

Henry Lytton (Oct 11, 25)

Arac Gama's eldest son

Frederick Hobbs (Oct 11, 25)

Guron Gama's second son

Joe Ruff (Oct 11, 25)

Scynthius Gama's third son

George Sinclair (Oct 11, 25)

Princess Ida Gama's Daughter

Phyllis Dicksee (Oct 11, 25)

Lady Blanche Professor of Abstract Science

Bertha Lewis (Oct 11, 25)

Lady Psyche Professor of Humanities, Florian's Sister

Elsie Coram (Oct 11, 25)

Melissa Lady Blanche's Daughter

Catherine Ferguson (Oct 11, 25)

Sacharissa a Girl Graduate

Nancy Ray (Oct 11, 25)

Chloe a Girl Graduate

Ella Quartly (Oct 11)

Ada a Girl Graduate

Nellie Raymond (Oct 11, 25)

Production Cast


Walter Hann (Oct 11, 25)

Stage Director

Mr J M Gordon

Performance DatesPrincess Ida 1918

Map List

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen | Aberdeen

11 Oct, 19.30

Her Majesty's Theatre, Dundee | Dundee

25 Oct, 19.30

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