Grace Pyne

Grace Pyne (1890-92)

[Born Cripplegate, London 23 Sep 1871, died Ninfield, Sussex 1 Mar 1949]

Grace Florence Pyne was engaged by D'Oyly Carte to appear on January 7, 1890, as Giulia in the first American production of The Gondoliers at the Park Theatre, New York. The production was a popular, critical, and financial failure. It closed in February, and when it was remounted at Palmer's Theatre later that month Miss Pyne no longer had a named part.

It appears she remained with the Company as a chorister, however, and when she returned to the British Isles later that year she joined D'Oyly Carte Opera Company "E," later filling in on occasion as Casilda in The Gondoliers in October and December 1890 and January and February 1892.

Grace Pyne worked in music hall for a time after leaving the D'Oyly Carte. She was married to D'Oyly Carte tenor Greene Taylor from 1890 until 1905. Her sister, Edith Pyne, was a chorister with D'Oyly Carte's American Utopia Limited Company in 1894.

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