Secrets of a Savoyard
Also in Chapter VI - Lytton admitted that he lacked a good memory for dates and could not vouch whether the list of (non-G&S) comedies in which he played was in the correct order. It therefore comes as no surprise that, not only are the shows listed out of chronological sequence, but a number of them actually pre-date the stated time period of between 1901 and 1909. The correct chronological production dates and details are as follows:-
"The Vicar of Bray" - (The Vicar) - 28th January, 1892.....Savoy Theatre - (D'Oyly Carte); role originally played by Rutland Barrington in this revival. The comic opera was first staged in 1882.
"Mirette" - (Bobinet) - 3rd July, 1894 .....Savoy Theatre - (D'Oyly Carte)
"The Chieftain" - (Peter Grigg) - 12th December, 1894.....Savoy Theatre - (D'Oyly Carte); role originally played by Walter Passmore.
"His Majesty" - (The King) - 20th February, 1897.....Savoy Theatre - (D'Oyly Carte); Lytton replaced George Grossmith in the role.
"The Grand Duchess" - (Prince Paul) - 4th December, 1897.....Savoy Theatre - (D'Oyly Carte)
"The Beauty Stone" - (Simon) - 28th May, 1898.....Savoy Theatre - (D'Oyly Carte)
"The Lucky Star" - (Tobasco) - 7th January, 1899.....Savoy Theatre - (D'Oyly Carte)
"The Rose of Persia" - (The Sultan) - 29th November, 1899.....Savoy Theatre - (D'Oyly Carte)
"The Emerald Isle" - (Pat Murphy) - 27th April, 1901.....Savoy Theatre - (production initially staged by Mrs D'Oyly Carte, following the death of her husband, but management of the theatre and the company was taken over by William Greet during the show's run.)
"Merrie England" - (Earl of Essex) - 2nd April, 1902.....Savoy Theatre - (William Greet)
"The Princess of Kensington" - (Jelf) - 2nd January, 1903.....Savoy Theatre - (William Greet)
"The Earl and the Girl" - (The Earl) - 10th December, 1903.....Adelphi Theatre - (William Greet)
"The Talk of the Town" - (Lieut. Reggie Drummond) - 5th January, 1905....Lyric Theatre - (Seymour Hicks)
"The Little Michus" - (Aristide) - 29th April, 1905....Daly's Theatre - (George Edwardes); Lytton succeeded Louis Bradfield, who had originated the role.
"The Spring Chicken" - (Boniface) - 30th May, 1905 .....Gaiety Theatre - (George Edwardes); ; Lytton succeeded Lionel Mackinder, who had originated the role.
"The White Chrysanthemum"- (Lieut. Reginald Armitage) - 31st August, 1905....Criterion Theatre - (Frank Curzon)
"My Darling" - (Hon. Jack Hylton) - 2nd March, 1907....Hicks Theatre - (Seymour Hicks); the Hicks Theatre was renamed the Globe in 1909 and is now the Gielgud.
"The Amateur Raffles" - (Raffles) - c. 1907......Music Halls. (Gerald Du Maurier played the title role in Raffles, a full-length play which opened at the Comedy Theatre, London in May of 1906 and ran for a year. E.W. Hornung's original novel Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman was first published in 1899.)
"Billie Taylor" - (Captain Flapper) - (revival date and theatre unknown at this time - D'Oyly Carte originally staged this production at the Standard Theatre, N.Y. where it opened on 19th February, 1881.)
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