THE D'OYLY CARTE OPERA COMPANY

Florence Harcourt (1881-83, 1884)

[Born Lambeth, London c.1861]

Florence Harcourt toured with several D'Oyly Carte companies between 1881 and 1884. She was a member of Mr. D'Oyly Carte's "B" Company chorus from at least April 1881, filled in briefly as Lady Sangazure in The Sorcerer in July of that year, then assumed the role of Mrs. Partlett in the same opera in August. She next appeared as Isabel in The Pirates of Penzance, when Pirates replaced Sorcerer in the repertoire in November 1881, and also played Mrs. Liverby in the companion piece In the Sulks, and, later, Mrs. Wallaby in another curtain raiser, Quite an Adventure. From January to September 1883 she played Isabel and Mrs. Wallaby with Carte's "Pinafore" and "Pirates" Company. When that Company was disbanded she transferred to Carte's No. 2 "Patience" Company where she appeared briefly as the Lady Saphir in October 1883. She subsequently left the D'Oyly Carte, appearing in April and May 1884 at the Globe and Gaiety Theatres, London, in the comic opera Dick.

Miss Harcourt returned to the D'Oyly Carte organization later that year, appearing as Kate and Edith in Pirates and Saphir again in Patience with Mr. D'Oyly Carte's "C" (Repertory) Company from July to December 1884.

By January 1885 Miss Harcourt was in America, where she toured with the Rentz-Santley Company in Orpheus and Eurydice.



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