THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY

F. Landor Scates (1882-87)

[Born c.1855, died 10 Oct 1900]

Fred Landor Scates spent four seasons with the D'Oyly Carte organization on tour:most, if not all, of it as understudy to the principal comic baritone. He joined Mr. D'Oyly Carte's No. 2 "Iolanthe" Company in December 1882 for the first provincial production of Iolanthe. In July 1883, Scates filled in briefly as the Lord Chancellor, and that month, when Patience was added to the tour and the Company now known as Mr. D'Oyly Carte's "E" Company, assumed the small part of Major Murgatroyd in the aesthetic opera.

He later deputized again as the Lord Chancellor in May 1885. Later that month, "E" Company took up The Mikado exclusively, with Scates, serving as Albert James's understudy as Ko-Ko. (He was also second understudy for Nanki-Poo!) There's no record of Scates (or anyone other than James) going on in the part, though he continued to serve with "E" Company into 1887.

After leaving the D'Oyly Carte, Scates worked for a time at the Lyric Theatre, London, where he made some appearances as Corporal Bundy in Stephens & Solomon's The Red Hussar between November 1889 and May 1890, and took the role of Brewster in the Cunningham Bridgman & Ivan Caryll companion piece Warrented Burglarproof at the same theatre (December 1889-April 1890).



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