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Nelly Bromley, 1850-1939

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 1850
Place of Birth:
Date of Death: 1939.10.27
Place of Death: Beaulieu, Hants


Nelly Bromley was an actress for the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. She married Archibald Stuart Wortley. Later in life she was known by her married name.


Bromley first came to public attention on the London Stage in 1868 in a burlesque at the Royalty. She later appeared at the Globe (1871), the Olympic (1872), the Gaiety (1873) and the Strand (1874). In March to July 1875 she played the role of the Plaintiff in Trial by Jury at the Royalty, until she was replaced by Linda Verner, a friend of the Company's director, Selina Dolaro. Richard D'Oyly Carte was at that time the stage manager. It was he who suggested that Gilbert and Sullivan collaborate on Trial by Jury. In September 1875 she acted in Leigh's translation of Offenbach's The Brigands in the Globe. In 1876-77 she was extremely successful at the Criterion with Charles Wyndham in Hot Water, which was adapted by H. B. Farnie from Meilhac and Halévy's La Boule. Charles d'Albert's dance arrangement, 'Trial by Jury Lancers', was dedicated to Bromley. She continued to appear on the London stage at the Criterion, the Royalty and Drury Lane Theatres until her retirement in 1883.


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