He played the comic leads for the illustrious D'Oly Carte opera company's productions for the Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta from 1965 till their close in 1982. He was the principal comedian of the D'Oly Carte Opera Company from 1959 to 1979. He was hired in 1951 as a chorister and understudy to Peter Pratt. In 1959, Pratt ...
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In 1988: It's funny how the brain works. I can be standing there singing the Nightmare Song from 'Iolanthe," looking out at a woman in the audience wearing a hat and thinking 'My God, that hat is so big the man behind her can't see.' And the works keep coming with no problem.
He was the fifth man to inhabit roles regularly for the D'Oyly Carte. The previous four men were comics, George Grossmith, Henry Lytton, Martyn Green, and Peter Pratt who was his predecessor and mentor.