Gertrude Cave-Ashton

Gertrude Cave-Ashton (1878)

[Born London 17 Apr 1855]

Gertrude Cave-Ashton, real name Gertrude Holman Andrews, was one of three artists to appear as Aline in The Sorcerer at the Opera Comique following the departure of Alice May.She appeared for portions of January and February 1878, after which Giulia Warwick assumed Aline in a full-time basis.

In 1873, as Gertrude Ashton, she appeared in several comic operas and operettas with music by T. Thorpe Pede at the Alexandra Theatre, Camden Town, under the management and direction of the composer.She was also the original Laetitia Grinder in Stephenson & Sullivan's musical folly The Zoo (St. James and Haymarket, 1875), and later toured with the Hersee Opera Company (1877).

After leaving the D'Oyly Carte, Mme. Cave-Ashton toured in the title role in the comic opera Celia (1880), and appeared in The Lancashire Witches (Liverpool, 1881).

Page modified October 28, 2002 © 2001-02 David Stone