THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY

W. H. Montgomery (1887-89)

W. H. Montgomery's theatrical debut was as a student at the Royal Academy of Music as one of the title characters in Sinclair Dunn and Edward Belville's operetta The Three Beggars.

He toured with Mr. D'Oyly Carte's "D" Company as Archibald Grosvenor in Patience and Pish-Tush in The Mikado from September to November or December 1887. In February 1888 he joined Carte's "C" (Repertory) Company. The Company toured H.M.S. Pinafore, Patience, and The Mikado, but Montgomery initially had only Pish-Tush as a named part. When Pinafore was replaced by The Pirates of Penzance in July, however, Montgomery shared Samuel, as well as Pish-Tush, with Herbert Marchmont.

On November 1, 1888, "C" Company ceased to be a repertory troupe, giving instead Carte's first provincial tour of The Yeomen of the Guard. This time, Montgomery was relegated to the tiny role of Second Citizen, a part he appears to have played until the run ended in December 1889. His tenure with the D'Oyly appears to have ended at that point as well.



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