THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY

H. G. Gordon as the Lord of Verlaines in The Beauty Stone

H. G. Gordon (1889-1901)

There was an H. G. Gordon in the D'Oyly Carte Savoy Theatre programs as Pish-Tush in The Mikado (August, September, November-December 1895, February 1896, while the regular Pish-Tush, Jones Hewson, was absent or filling in as the Mikado or Pooh-Bah), as Second Yeoman in the First London revival of The Yeomen of the Guard (May-November 1897), as Giorgio in the 1898 First London revivals of The Gondoliers (March-May and again July-September), as the Lord of Verlaines in the original production of The Beauty Stone (May-July 1898), and briefly as the Associate in Trial by Jury (August 1899, while Albert Gater was playing Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore).

There was an H. Gordon who appeared in the small part of the Major Domo in the original London production of Haddon Hall (September 1892-April 1894). The presence of a "Mr. Gordon" in the men's chorus in Company records for productions of The Gondoliers (December 1889), The Nautch Girl (June 1891), The Mikado (June 1896), The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein (November 1897), and The Emerald Isle (October 1901) leads one to believe that they are all the same gentleman who served in the chorus and played small parts at the Savoy from 1889 to 1901. "Mr. Gordon" filled in as Antonio in The Gondoliers for a spell in September 1890, while Antonio Medcalf deputized as Giuseppe.

On June 12, 1906, H. G. Gordon participated in the Ellen Terry Jubilee Commemoration at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He was a one of dozens in the "crowd in court" in Trial by Jury. W. S. Gilbert was the Associate.




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