Hector Thomas in Trial by Jury

Hector Thomas (1932-34, 1936, 1937-42, 1947-49)

[Born Crumlin, Monmouth 12 Aug 1907]

Hector Maxwell Thomas appeared in the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company chorus from August 1932 to June 1934, from February to June 1936, from August 1937 to June 1942, and finally from October 1947 to March 1949. During his last two stints with the Company he sometimes took the small roles of First Yeoman in The Yeomen of the Guard (1939-42 and 1948-49) and Francesco in The Gondoliers (1940-42). He also appeared on occasion as Luiz in The Gondoliers (1941-42 and 1948-49).

Before joining the D'Oyly Carte he had appeared at the Adelphi Theatre, London, as an extra in Helen! (an A. P. Herbert adaptation of La Belle Helène, January-July 1932). After his first tour with the Company he returned to London in another Herbert vehicle, the revue Streamline (Palace, 1934-35). During his next absence he worked at the Lyceum in yet another Herbert adaptation, the operette Paganini (May-July 1937).

From July-September 1947 he appeared as Second Gardner in the musical play The Nightingale at the Princes Theatre. Thomas later found steady work in grand opera at Covent Garden (1950-55).

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