John Hollingsworth (1875)

[Born Reading, Berks. 20 Apr 1841]

John Hollingsworth, whose real name was Charles Hollingsworth Hewett, first appeared under D'Oyly Carte management in 1874 as the Footman in the farce The Pretty Horsebreaker and Prince Isidore in th comic opera The Broken Branch at the Opera Comique.

He created the part of Counsel for the Plaintiff for the first few months of the original production of Trial by Jury at London's Royalty Theatre beginning March 25, 1875. He left the cast in May, and reportedly traveled to Milan where he trained at La Scala, however nothing is known of a subsequent musical career. It has been suggested that he was a cousin of Richard D'Oyly Carte.

Hollingsworth was uncle to two later D'Oyly Carte artists, Tessa and Jeoffry Snelson.

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