John Hughes as the Lord Chancellor's trainbearer in Iolanthe

John Hughes (1947-49)

[Born Audley, Staffordshire 23 Mar 1921, died Oldham Dec 2005]

John Hughes, whose full name was Jack Wareham Hughes, first appeared on the London Stage as Mernitz in The Chocolate Soldier (Shaftesbury, August-September 1940). He joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company chorus in April 1947, serving until July 1949. In March 1949 he succeeded Hector Thomas in the small role of First Yeoman in The Yeomen of the Guard.

Hughes made his only subsequent appearance in a named part on the London Stage as Jack in Paint Your Wagon (February 1953-April 1954). In 1953 he also appeared as Bill Bobstay in the film "The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan," starring Robert Morley and Maurice Evans.

He was married to D'Oyly Carte mezzo-soprano Marian Smith. In 1974 he sang Richard Dauntless in Ruddigore with the Sadleworth Musical Society, Oldham.

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