Gordon Crocker (1920-21)

[Born c.1887]

Tenor Gordon Crocker served with the D'Oyly Carte "New" Opera Company from May 1920 to April 1921.Upon joining the Company in May 1920 he immediately assumed the role of Earl Tolloller in Iolanthe and that month also appeared as Francesco in The Gondoliers.During the next season, until April 1921 when he left the Company, Crocker appeared regularly as Tolloller, Francesco, and Leonard Meryll in The Yeomen of the Guard.

He later toured the Far East with a "Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company" launched by J. C. Williamson Ltd., appearing in Shanghai, China, in March 1923 as Nanki-Poo in The Mikado.

Crocker eventually returned to London, performing there in Love's Prisoner (chorus, Adelphi, 1925), The Desert Song (Sergeant Du Bassac, Drury Lane, 1927-28), Show Boat (Jeb, Drury Lane, 1928-29), The New Moon (Doorman of the Tavern, Drury Lane, 1929), and, much later, Balalaika (General Travinsky, Adelphi and His Majesty's, 1936-38).He also was a juryman in Trial by Jury at the Courtice Pounds Tribute Fund Matinee (His Majesty's, 1927).

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