John Reed

Actor, Member of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.. Born 13 February 1916. Died 13 February 2010
John Reed
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John Reed

John Reed Biography (Wikipedia)

John Lamb Reed, OBE (13 February 1916 – 13 February 2010) was an English actor, dancer and singer, known for his nimble performances in the principal comic roles of the Savoy Operas, particularly with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. Reed has been called "the last great exponent" of the Gilbert and Sullivan comedy roles.

The son of a butcher from County Durham, Reed began performing at the end of World War II, joining the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in 1951. After eight years as understudy to Peter Pratt, he became the principal comedian of the company in 1959, remaining for two decades, playing all the famous Gilbert and Sullivan patter roles, including Sir Joseph in H.M.S. Pinafore, the Major-General in The Pirates of Penzance, Bunthorne in Patience, the Lord Chancellor in Iolanthe, Ko-Ko in The Mikado, Jack Point in The Yeomen of the Guard and the Duke of Plaza Toro in The Gondoliers, among others. He was known for his "fleet-footed clowning", dry and roguish wit, comic timing, "crystal clear diction" in the patter songs, and his amusing character voice, recording all of his principal roles with the company.

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The Pirates of Penzance - 'I am the very model of a modern major General'
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The Pirates of Penzance - 'I am the very model of a modern major General'
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I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General
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I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major General
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The flowers that bloom in the spring (The Mikado)
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The flowers that bloom in the spring (The Mikado)
Arthur Sullivan
The flowers that bloom in the spring, from Act 2 of The Mikado or the Town of Titipu
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The flowers that bloom in the spring, from Act 2 of The Mikado or the Town of Titipu
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