Roland Cunningham

Roland Cunningham (1899)

[Born Australia 1872, died 1958]

Roland Macquarie Cunningham performed frequently on the London Stage in musical theatre from 1895, when he made is London debut in the opera bouffe Dandy Dick Whittington at the Avenue Theatre, until 1914 when he made a return appearance as Alexius Sparidoff in The Chocolate Soldier at the Lyric, a role he had played in the neighborhood of 500 times during its initial run at the Lyric in 1910-11.

His only appearance under D'Oyly Carte auspices, was a two-month engagement with D'Oyly Carte Company "D" from July to September 1899.He was engaged to play John Manners in Haddon Hall, but probably also played a part (likely Tapioca) in The Lucky Star, as well.He left the D'Oyly Carte organization when Company "D" disbanded on September 30, 1899.

Cunningham also made one appearance in New York, as Philip Merivale in the musical comedy The Two Roses (Broadway Theatre, 1904).

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