THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY
Grace Arnold (1883-84)
Grace Arnold made her theatrical debut on April 30, 1883, as Galatea in W. S. Gilberts mythological comedy Pygmalion and Galatea, in a benefit matinee at Londons Gaiety Theatre. She had previously performed as an amateur for several years in such works as Gilberts Danl Druce, Blacksmith (as Dorothy, with the Romany Club) and Engaged (as Belinda Treherne, with the Philothespians).
Shortly after her performance as Galatea, she joined the Savoy chorus during the original production of Iolanthe, and assumed the role of Fleta from October 1883 until the opera closed January 1, 1884.
On January 18, 1884, a revival of Gilberts fairy comedy The Palace of Truth opened at the Princes Theatre, London, with a Miss Arnold, possibly Grace, in the role of Palmis.
On February 10, 1886, she appeared at the Opera Comique in a matinee benefit performance of Sappho, a one-act "lyrical romance," in the role of Daphne. Later that year she toured with Miss [May] Fortescues London Company, appearing in several roles including Agatha in Gilberts Gretchen.
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