William Lugg as the Notary in The Sorcerer

William Lugg (1884-85)

[Born Portsea, Portsmouth 4 Jun 1852, died Norwood, London 5 Dec 1939]

William Lugg made his stage debut in January 1884 with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company when he created the part of Scynthius in the original production of Princess Ida at the Savoy. He would remain with the Company throughout the run and for the revival of The Sorcerer and Trial by Jury (October 1884-March 1885), appearing as the Notary and the Usher.

He would then leave the D'Oyly Carte, to take small parts in Pinero's The Magistrate, The Schoolmistress, and Dandy Dick at the Court Theatre. Lugg would go on to have a highly successful musical and legitimate stage career extending until 1927, including engagements with Mr. and Mrs. Kendel, Forbes Robertson, and Henry Irving, and appearances at most of the major London theatres.

Between 1913 and 1923 he also appeared in at least seven films, now largely forgotten.

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