THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY

Harold Poole (1884-88)

[Born c.1866]

Harold Poole was a touring bass-baritone chorister and small part player with Mr. D'Oyly Carte's "D" Company, Carte's American Mikado and Ruddygore companies, and on Carte's First Continental tour between February 1884 and November 1887, and principal bass-baritone with Carte's "E" Company from December 1887 to December 1888.

With "D" Company his roles were the Foreman of the Jury in Trial by Jury (February-May 1885) and Go-To in The Mikado (September-November 1887). In America he was in the chorus of with Carte's First American Mikado Company (August 1885-May 1886) and (as a ghostly ancestor) in with Carte's First American Ruddygore Company (February-April 1887), then transferred to the Second Ruddygore Company in New England where he filled in for a time as Sir Despard Murgatroyd in April and May of that year. Between The Mikado and Ruddygore in America, Poole toured Germany and Austria as a chorister with Carte's First Continental Company (June 1886-January 1887).

He joined "E" Company in December 1887 as Bill Bobstay in H.M.S. Pinafore. When The Pirates of Penzance was added to the tour in April, he was the Pirate King, and when The Mikado joined in June he took the title role. Poole also filled in briefly for Lawrence Gridley as Dick Deadeye in Pinafore in May 1888. Poole appears to have left the D'Oyly Carte in November 1888 when "E" Company took up The Yeomen of the Guard exclusively.



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