THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY

Alec Fraser as Rene in The Girl in the Taxi

Alec Fraser (1903)

[Born Cuper, Fife 16 Feb 1884, died London 21 Jun 1956]

Alec Fraser made his first appearance on the stage in 1900 at the age of 16 at the Theatre Royal, Bournemouth as Harry Bronson in The Belle of New York. His London Stage debut came on January 22, 1903, when he created the role of Oberon in Hood & German's A Princess of Kensington at the Savoy and on tour until September 1903. It was his only engagement with the D'Oyly Carte organization.

When the tour ended, Fraser and many of the Company left the D'Oyly Carte organization, transferring to the Adelphi where he appeared as Hugh Wallender in The Earl and the Girl. He performed as a light comedy actor and vocalist both in London and on tour for the next 30 years, appearing in many of the top West End comedies in the 1910s, '20s and '30s.

He then went into management:directing a production of Merrie England in 1934 that featured his niece Nancy Fraser (daughter of Agnes Fraser and Walter Passmore) as Bessie Throckmorton.

He died in harness on June 21, 1956, at the Carlton Theatre, London, where he had been assistant manager for five years.

Alec Fraser was the brother of Savoy principal Agnes Fraser, and married to fellow D'Oyly Carte performer Patience Seymour.



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