THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY

Ferdinand Thieler (1882-87)

Ferdinand Thieler made his first appearance in a named part as Archibald Grosvenor on tour with Mr. D'Oyly Carte's No. 2 "Patience" Company in September 1882. He had succeeded Walter Greyling in the role but was himself replaced in October by Allen Morris. Thieler's was probably a chorister and understudy who eventually transferred to Mr. D'Oyly Carte's "E" ("Iolanthe" No. 2) Company. In February 1884 he was promoted to Private Willis in Iolanthe, succeeding Fred Billington. Thieler did not take a named part in Patience, which was added to the "E" Company repertoire in July 1884, but in May and June 1885 when that Company gave the first provincial production of The Mikado Theiler appeared for a while as Pish-Tush.

"E" Company played The Mikado exclusively until December 1887, but Thieler yielded Pish-Tush to Edward White early in the run (June 1885). For the next two-and-a-half years he appeared in the small bass part of Go-To. It was his last role with the Company.



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