Rita Otway (1906-07)

[Born c.1887, died 1972]

Rita (real name Marguerite) Otway was a mezzo-soprano chorister with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company at the Savoy for the Company's First London Repertory Season, December 1906-August 1907. It was her only engagement with the D'Oyly Carte organization. In February 1907 she gave two performances as Vittoria in The Gondoliers in place of Norah McLeod.

Miss Otway later appeared at the Savoy, though not under D'Oyly Carte management, as Cora in W. S. Gilbert and Edward German's Fallen Fairies (December 1909-January 1910). She also sang at the Apollo in 1910 as a chorister in the musical comedy The Islander. She returned to the London Stage in 1917:in the revue Smile (Garrick), the farce The Pacifists (St. James's), and the comedy Brewster's Millions (Queen's, 1917-18). Still later, Miss Otway appeared as Norah in the farce Nightie Night (Queen's and Prince of Wales's, 1921, and Shaftesbury, 1922).

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