Penderell Price (1906-07)

Penderell Price appears to have made his London Stage debut at the Lyric Theatre as Stephano in a single matinee performance of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, December 6, 1904. He later played the "tenor" in Houseman & Granville-Barker's Prunella (Court, April-June 1906), before joining the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company at the Savoy for the First London Repertory Season in December 1906.

Price served as a chorister and understudy at the Savoy from December 1906 to July 1907, filling in once for Henry Burnand as Leonard Meryll in The Yeomen of the Guard in a July matinee. He also played Leonard briefly on tour with the D'Oyly Carte Principal Repertory Opera Company in July and August 1907.

Price left the D'Oyly Carte and at some point returned to London, joining the long-running production of The Merry Widow at Daly's as Nisch. (He was the third of five singers in the role during a 779-perfomance run from June 1907-July 1909.) Price also appeared in London as Paul in The Merry Peasant (Strand, October-December 1909), and The Man in Kismet (Globe, March-September 1914).

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