Henry Garrod (1892-95, 1896)

Before joining the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company Henry E. Garrod was a chorister in Sullivan's grand opera Ivanhoe at the Royal English Opera House beginning in November 1890.

Garrod was a chorister with the D'Oyly Carte organization at the Savoy and on tour from March 1892 to March 1895, and again from March to November 1896. He began with D'Oyly Carte Opera Company "D" on tour in The Vicar of Bray from March to August 1892, then transferred to the Savoy for the first runs of Haddon Hall (September 1892-April 1893) and Jane Annie (May-July 1893), going on tour in Jane Annie while the Savoy was closed from July to September. He was back at the Savoy for Utopia Limited (October 1893-June 1894), Mirette (July-August and October-November 1894), and The Chieftain (December 1894-March 1895).

Garrod then left the D'Oyly Carte to accept work at the Lyric, where he appeared as an extra in The Bric-Brac Will (October-December 1895). He rejoined the D'Oyly Carte organization in March 1896, as a chorister with D'Oyly Carte Opera Company "D" on tour until November of that year when the Company was disbanded.

He then returned to London where he appeared in 1897-98 at Terry's Theatre as an extra in Hood & Slaughter's musical comedy The French Maid, and as The Dog with Great Big Eyes in The Soldier and the Tinder-Box, a "fairy tale" by the same author-composer team that served as companion piece during the Christmas season. From December 1904 to February 1905 he gave 39 matinee performances at the Garrick as a Darkie in Rutland Barrington's long-forgotten musical play Little Black Sambo and Little White Barbara. It was Garrod's last appearance in a London program.

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