THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY

Frank Boor

Frank Boor (1894)

[Born Rio de Janeiro 1865, died London 10 Apr 1938]

Frank Boor was born in Brazil to English parents. He made his first stage appearance in Bremen, Germany, in Carmen Up-to-Data, with an English company in 1890, subsequently touring through Austria, Hungary, Romania, Belgium and Germany. His first appearances in London were in 1893 at the Prince of Wales's Theatre in The Magic Ring and Poor Jonathan.

He then joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company for its American tour of Utopia Limited, appearing as Lord Dramaleigh in New York and Boston from April until June 1894. Returning to England, Boor played with Carte's "A" Company, a new company that included many of those who returned from America. Boor was no longer Dramaleigh, but filled in as Captain Fitzbattleaxe in October 1894. This was his last engagement with the D'Oyly Carte. He later toured with George Edwardes' Company, appearing as Erling in Gilbert & Carr's "His Excellency" the following year.

Boor appeared at Daly's in London from 1897 to 1899 as Captain Katana in The Geisha and Lollius in A Greek Slave. He then went into management, running concert matinees in provincial towns, serving as Director of Ashton's Royal Agency for five years, then as Business Manager for Moss Empires Ltd., and finally as Manager of the London Hippodrome for nearly 25 years, until his death in 1938.

His first marriage to fellow D'Oyly Carte performer Constance Drever ended in divorce.




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