Olive Rae as the May Queen in Merrie England

Olive Rae (1902-03)

Soprano Olive Rae first appeared in London with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company at the Savoy, where she replaced Joan Keddie as the May Queen at some point during the original production of Merrie England (April-July 1902). She remained in the part through the subsequent 14-week tour and the November 1902-January 1903 revival at the Savoy, then created the part of Titania in A Princess of Kensington (January-May 1903). A Princess of Kensington went on tour in May 1903.

After the tour, Miss Rae left the D'Oyly Carte organization and appeared from December 1903 to September 1904 at the Adelphi and Lyric Theatres as Lady Violet in The Earl and the Girl. She also appeared simultaneously in 23 matinee performances of Little Hans Andersen at the Adelphi as the Princess whom the Prince Married. They were her last roles on the London Stage.

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