Frank Lacy (1886-87)

[Born Penge, Surrey 9 Jul 1867, died London 10 Aug 1937]

Frank Lacy made what may well have been his professional theatrical debut on a tour of Germany and Austria as a chorister with D'Oyly Carte's "G" (Continental) Company between June 1886 and January 1887. It was the beginning of a lengthy stage career, but his only D'Oyly Carte engagement.

Lacy made his first appearance in London at St. James's Theatre in October 1888 as a servant in A Patron Saint, and the following month played Blueby, an Australian stockman, in W. S. Gilbert's Brantinghame Hall at the same theatre.

Over the next 45 years he appeared in numerous London productions, mostly in legitimate theatre, and toured North America, South Africa, and the English provinces. His few West End musical roles included John Tuppit in Alfred Cellier's Dorothy (Trafalgar, 1892) and Dandy Triplet in the musical comedy Little Miss Nobody (Lyric, 1898). His last role in London was the Ship's Captain in John Hastings Turner's play Punchinello (Globe, February 1932).

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