Richard , Rupert and Bridget Cicely D'Oyly Carte family

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Richard, Rupert and Bridget Cicely D'Oyly Carte family
Birth and death
1844 - 1985
Profession details
Theatre owners and Impresarios
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Alistair Grant

Richard D'Oyly Carte (1844-1901) theatre impresario and founder of the Savoy Theatre and Hotel. D'Oyly Carte was manager of the Royalty Theatre in Soho and brought Gilbert and Sullivan back together to provide him with a curtain raiser for Offenbach's 'La Perichole'. Their one-act drama 'Trial by Jury' (1875) was a huge success. His next commission was 'The Sorcerer' (1877), followed by HMS Pinafore (1878). Following their success he formed 'Mr D'Oyly Carte's Opera Company'. Over the next 2 decades they produced a succession of famous operas together: 'The Pirates of Penzance' (1880), 'Patience' (1881), 'Iolanthe' (1882), 'Princess Ida' (1884), 'The Mikado' (1885), 'Ruddigore' (1887), 'The Yeoman of the Guard' (1888), 'The Gondoliers' (1889), 'Utopia Limited' (1893), and 'The Grand Duke' (1896). The success of the operas enabled him to build the Savoy Theatre and Hotel.

Rupert D'Oyly Carte (1876-1948) hotelier, theatre owner and impresario. Managed the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company from 1913 to 1948. On the death of Helen D'Oyly Carte in 1913, the family business passed to their son Rupert, who continued the company through the two world wars, with American tours, and a longstanding association with Sadler's Wells until his death in 1948.

Dame Bridget Cicely D'Oyly Carte (1908-1985) kept the Savoy going following the expiry of copyright in 1961.

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