Eric Lewis
Eric Lewis
Frederic Lewis Tuffley, better known by his stage name, Eric Lewis, was an English comedian, actor and singer. In a career spanning five decades, he starred in numerous comedies and in a few musical comedy hits, but he is probably best remembered today as the understudy to George Grossmith in the Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas of the 1880s who left the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company just in time to give Henry Lytton his big break.
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Riverview Middle School gets new bus - Times and Transcript
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Riverview Middle School students are already benefitting from the school's purchase of a brand-new 20-passenger bus. Over the last several years, the school has been fundraising and seeking sponsorship to get a new bus to replace its
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Keyser, Fort Hill clash tonight - Cumberland Times-News
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Eric Lewis rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown, while Danny Fife rushed for 85 yards and a pair of touchdowns on six carries. Quarterback Cody Eversole hooked up for a 70-yard touchdown pass with Brandon Clay. Fort Hill opened the season last Friday
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Virgo Four, comprised of Eric Lewis and Merwyn Sanders, got caught up in the bloom of Chicago house in the late '80s. As childhood friends turned music collaborators, they started producing tracks in high school. Originally calling themselves ME,
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Calvary Baptist Academy wins in soccer, 6-2 - Midland Daily News
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Eric Lewis got CBA (2-0) on the board first with a goal six minutes into the game, with Ben VanHolstyn getting the assist. Fellowship Baptist tied the game 1-1 with three minutes remaining in the first half. Tyler Willis scored unassisted with 90
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Lewis returns to close Fishstock series - Green Bay Press Gazette
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The Fishstock Concert Series closes its 2011 season with its 13th annual Eric Lewis and Friends show. Lewis is based in Memphis but is well-known to Door County bluegrass fans for his frequent concert appearances in the area, as well as performances
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Disgruntled OMC workers say they'll walk - Sequim Gazette
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OMC CEO Eric Lewis said the workers will be flown in, housed and receive at least two days of prior orientation training — all at OMC's expense. He now estimates the total cost for replacing the striking workers at $600000. Lewis said hospital
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Metro voters followed national trend - Times and Transcript
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The three municipalities that make up the federal riding of Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe followed some of the national trends seen in May's federal election, according to the recently released poll-by-poll election results
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U2 fans 'rejoice' with Bono - Times and Transcript
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In The Book of Awesome, author Neil Paschria describes some of life's great little moments that are often taken for granted. Bryce Clothier, left, of Pugwash, NS, and Jean-Marc Boudreau of Moncton made their own muddy fun Saturday evening
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MONCTON - During the planning of what would go on to be the highest grossing concert tour in history, members of U2 demanded their grandiose stage show remain an intimate affair where they could be up close and personal with their loyal
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Atlantic Beach Town Council fires Police Department - WMBF
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Eric Lewis says he and his men at the Police Department was given the following reason for their termination, "The City of Atlantic Beach was going in another direction." Late Wednesday afternoon the 3 man police force turned in their badges and guns. ... -
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Washington's Olympic Medical Center CEO Wants Cuts to Employee Benefits - Becker's Hospital Review
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Eric Lewis, CEO of Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, Wash., wants to cut employee benefits in order to balance rising healthcare and employee costs and well as decreased revenue, according to a Peninsula Daily News report
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  • 1935
    Age 79
    Lewis died in Margate, Kent, in 1935 at the age of 79.
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  • 1925
    Age 69
    Lewis continued to perform until 1925, appearing in the films Brown Sugar (1922) as the Earl of Knightsbridge, and as Sir Anthony Fenwick in The Happy Ending (1925), which starred Fay Compton and Jack Buchanan.
    More Details Hide Details He also wrote sketch comedies and short plays.
  • 1924
    Age 68
    In 1924 Lewis appeared in Kate at the Kingsway Theatre, together with Nellie Briercliffe, and starred in The Other Mr. Gibbs, by Will Evans and Guy Reeves, at the Garrick.
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  • 1923
    Age 67
    In 1923, he played in another farce, Three's a Crowd, by Earl Derr Biggers at the Court and Frederick Lonsdale's Aren't We All? at the Globe Theatre.
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  • 1921
    Age 65
    In 1921, he was seen in The Trump Card by Arthur Wimperis at the Strand Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, at the Aldwych Theatre, he was seen in Money Doesn't Matter by Gertrude Jennings and the farce Double-Or Quit! by Theophilus Charlton.
  • 1920
    Age 64
    In 1920, he was back in a musical comedy, The Little Whopper by George Grossmith, Jr. at the Shaftesbury Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details The Times wrote that "Lewis, sterling actor that he is, gave the impression last night that he had been playing in musical comedy all his life. He sang with the best, and he gave a perfect little study". Later that year, he played in Brown Sugar by Lady Lever at The Duke of York's.
  • 1919
    Age 63
    In 1919, he appeared in Kiddies by John L. Hobble at the Royalty.
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  • 1917
    Age 61
    In 1917, he was featured in The Double Event by Sydney Blow and Douglas Hoare at The Queen's Theatre and H. V. Esmond's Salad Days at the London Pavilion.
    More Details Hide Details The next year, he played in Monica's Blue Boy by Arthur Wing Pinero at the New Theatre and The Man from Toronto by Douglas Murray at the Royalty. Even so, late in Lewis's career, The Times commented (in the midst of a very favourable review of the play), that Lewis "is always sure of himself, always sound, suave, brightly polished. episodes are more entertaining than the main story."
  • 1915
    Age 59
    In 1915, Lewis briefly returned to song and dance, supporting Gaby Deslys in a revue written for her by J. M. Barrie, Rosy Rapture at the Duke of York's. 1916 saw Lewis in Please Help Emily by H. M. Harwood at the Playhouse Theatre and The Hawk by Edward Knoblock at the Royalty Theatre.
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  • 1913
    Age 57
    The next year, Lewis appeared in Charles Brookfield's Dear Old Charlie at the Prince of Wales's Theatre and Mrs. Dane's Defence, by Henry Arthur Jones, at the New Theatre, In 1913, Lewis starred in H. V. Esmond's Eliza comes to Stay at the Criterion.
    More Details Hide Details Also, at the Duke of York's he played in J. M. Barrie's The Adored One and at the Royalty Theatre, C. B. Furnald's The Pursuit of Pamela. The following year, he starred in The Blue Mouse by Alexander Engel and Julian Horst at the Criterion. a revival of Eliza Comes to Stay at the Vaudeville Theatre and Sir Richard's Biography by Wilfred T. Coleby at the Criterion. By this part of his career, reviewers were calling the parts that he played "Lewisian".
  • 1911
    Age 55
    In 1911, he played in Lady Patricia by Rudolf Bessier at the Haymarket and Lady Windermere's Fan (together with Marion Terry) at the St. James's.
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  • 1908
    Age 52
    In 1908, he continued to receive praise, starring in The Admirable Crichton at the Duke of York's Theatre and again as a judge in Lady Epping's Lawsuit at the Criterion. 1909 opened with Lewis and Tempest in Penelope by Somerset Maugham at the Comedy Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he appeared in The Naked Truth by George Paston and W. B. Maxwell at Wyndham's Theatre.
  • 1907
    Age 51
    In 1907, he played in Shaw's The Philanderer at the Court Theatre and in Sutro's The Wails Of Jericho at the Garrick Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, at the St. James's, he starred in The 18th Century and Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The School for Scandal. That year he was invited to play in a royal command performance.
  • 1906
    Age 50
    At the Criterion later in 1906, he took the title role in W. Kingsley Tarpey's The Amateur Socialist.
    More Details Hide Details The Times observed that Lewis "has a recipe all his own for serving up folly with elegance; and he kept the audience in an almost continuous chuckle of delight." His last role that year was the fashionable Sir Ralph Bloomfield Bonington in The Doctor's Dilemma at the Royal Court Theatre. The Times later called this one of his best roles.
  • 1905
    Age 49
    Lewis was praised for his performances at the Criterion Theatre in the revival of another Marshall play, His Excellency the Governor, and in Carton's Lady Huntsworth's Experiment. In 1905, at St. James's Theatre, Lewis received more good notices as a cynical old busybody in the title role of Mollentrave on Women by Alfred Sutro.
    More Details Hide Details Looking back on this production almost 30 years later, The Times called Lewis's performance "perfect". The same year, he starred in George Bernard Shaw's Passion, Poison and Petrifaction. Later that year at the Haymarket Theatre, he starred in On the Love Path by C. M. S. McLellan. The next year saw him in at the Duke of York's Theatre in All-Of-A-Sudden Peggy by Ernest Denny. and a revival of The Marriage of Kitty, both with Marie Tempest, with whom he appeared in many plays throughout his post-D'Oyly Carte career.
  • 1899
    Age 43
    In 1899, Lewis was back at the Court theatre in another Carton comedy, Wheels within Wheels.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, still at the Court Theatre, he was praised for his performance in A Royal Family, written by Captain Marshall. In the new century, Lewis continued to be as busy as ever. The Times described him as "well-nigh indispensable to light comedy for the role of the elderly gentleman of breeding, with a streak of affable eccentricity in his nature." The paper remembered Lewis as follows:
  • 1897
    Age 41
    In 1897, he received praise in another long-running musical role in A French Maid.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, during the run of A French Maid at Terry's Theatre, he played in a series of matinees consisting of short musicals for children by Basil Hood and Walter Slaughter. After this, Lewis devoted himself to the legitimate stage for nearly the remainder of his long career.
  • 1896
    Age 40
    In 1896, he was in F. C. Burnand's Mrs Ponderbury at the Court Theatre with Mrs. John Wood, Charles Hawtrey and Brandon Thomas.
    More Details Hide Details Later in that year he appeared in A White Elephant, a farce by R. C. Carton (1853 – 1928) at the Comedy Theatre and another musical, Monte Carlo, at the Avenue Theatre.
  • 1892
    Age 36
    In 1892, he starred in A. G. Bagot's comedy The Widow at the Comedy Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, he was well received in the role of the Duke in the early George Edwardes musical comedy In Town. Beginning in the next year, he starred as the ridiculed judge in the hit musical A Gaiety Girl. After the long run of that piece, in 1885 he was featured in another hit Edwardes musical, An Artist's Model.
  • 1889
    Age 33
    In January 1889, he starred in The Begum's Diamonds by J. P. Hurst at the Avenue Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details In July of that year, he was back at the Court Theatre starring with Mrs. John Wood, Cecil and Weedon Grossmith in Aunt Jack, a farce by Ralph Lumley. The next year, he had his first big musical comedy success as the foppish Duke of Fayensburg in the successful operetta La Cigale, by F. C. Burnand and Edmond Audran at the Lyric Theatre, starring Geraldine Ulmar. This ran from October 1890 to December 1891. The Duke was one of his finest roles, and the success of the piece owed much to his performance.
  • 1888
    Age 32
    In July 1888, he starred in another comedietta, entitled Caught Out, by Florence Bright at St George's Hall In September of that year, he helped open the relocated New Court Theatre with a play by Sydney Grundy called Mamma, starring Mrs. John Wood and also featuring Arthur Cecil.
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  • 1887
    Age 31
    In June 1887, Lewis performed in a comedietta by Andrew Longmuir called Cleverly Managed.
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    Lewis was soon performing in the West End of London at the Royalty Theatre in April 1887 in Ivy, and in May in a comedy entitled A Tragedy.
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    Frustrated by his position as understudy to an actor who had hardly ever taken ill in four years, Lewis resigned from the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in January 1887.
    More Details Hide Details On 29 January 1887, one week after the opening of the new opera, Ruddigore, Grossmith did fall ill, and Henry Lytton, a young actor who was in the right place at the right time, took Grossmith's role of Robin Oakapple until 18 February. Lytton went on to perform with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company until 1934, including 25 years as the company's principal comedian.
  • 1885
    Age 29
    So long, according to Lewis's colleague Rutland Barrington, that at the end of the piece one night, when Lewis, who played the angler, shouted out his joyful "I've caught it!" a voice from the gallery responded, "About time, too!" In June 1885, Lewis played together with Barrington in an afternoon "musical dialogue," Mad to Act, with words by Barrington and music by Wilfred Bendall, at the Japanese Village in Knightsbridge.
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  • 1882
    Age 26
    Lewis was, however, given several roles in the short curtain raisers that often were performed together with the Gilbert and Sullivan operas. In these he played Mr. Wranglesbury in Mock Turtles from December 1882 to March 1883, Napoleon Fitz-Stubbs in A Private Wire from March 1883 to January 1884, receiving warm notices, the Counsel to the Plaintiff in Trial by Jury from October 1884 to March 1885 and Piscator in The Carp from February 1886 to January 1887.
    More Details Hide Details The Carp enjoyed an unusually long run for a curtain raiser.
    Lewis joined the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in December 1882 as the understudy to George Grossmith in the principal comedian roles of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas.
    More Details Hide Details Grossmith was rarely ill or absent from the stage, however, and Lewis had very few chances to play the roles. His only substantial opportunity to play one of the principal comedian roles came when he played Ko-Ko in The Mikado during August and September 1886.
    In 1882, he joined the touring Alice Barth Opera Company, playing a number of roles with them.
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  • 1881
    Age 25
    In 1881, he made his London stage debut in Herbert Beerbohm Tree's company at the Haymarket Theatre as Pilate Pump in Blue and Buff.
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  • 1880
    Age 24
    By 1880, Lewis had begun presenting comic musical sketches at the Royal Polytechnic Institution and St. George's Hall, where he sometimes took the place of the comedian Corney Grain.
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  • 1879
    Age 23
    He appeared at St. James's Hall in Brighton in October 1879 with Arthur Law and his wife Fanny Holland.
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  • 1855
    Born in 1855.
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