John Reed

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John Reed

John in the 1962 production of Gondoliers - as the Duke (Gillian Knight as the Duchess)

John Reed was a member of the D'Oyly Carte from 1951 and was principal baritone and "patter man" between 1959 and September 6, 1979 when he left (the DC was in Australia at the time). He guested for the company and covered for illness on several occasions between then and the Company closing in February 1982 (he also appeared with them that night too).  

I last saw him at the 2006 Buxton International G&S Festival.  He is still very active although his sight is now failing.  Here you can see him with Tom Round. Both have published autobiographies which are well worth reading.