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Richard D'Oyly Carte

Person   Born 3/5/1844 Died 3/4/1901

Theatre impresario. Born Greek Street. Suggested that Sullivan should work on Gilbert's "Trial by Jury" and staged the first performance in 1875. In 1879 D'Oyly Carte's Opera Company was formed and many other operettas followed. They were very successful, in America as well, and Carte created the Savoy Theatre which opened on 1881. He went on to build the Savoy Hotel which opened in 1889.

D'Oyly Carte, was also the booking manager for Oscar Wilde and employed him to publicise the 1881 Gilbert and Sullivan opera "Patience" - perfect casting since the opera was a satire on the aesthetic movement of which Wilde was an extreme example. The main character, Bunthorne, might even have been modelled on Wilde but Swinburne and Rossetti are also likely candidates.

In 1888 married his professional assistant, Helen Lenoir. Lived at Adelphi Terrace from 1888, spending summers at Weybridge. Died at Adelphi Terrace.

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Richard D'Oyly Carte

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45412

D'Oyly Carte armillary sphere

The memorial is in the form of an equatorial armillary sphere. Although the...

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49981

Palace Theatre - SWET

{Above a stylized picture of two performers:} Palace Theatre Built for Richar...

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48724

Richard D'Oyly Carte - NW5

Plaque unveiled by Mike Leigh director of the 1999 film Topsy-Turvy.

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45403

The Adelphi

The Adelphi This building stands on the site of Adelphi Terrace built by the...

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