Augustus Glossop Harris

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This article is about the father (1825–1873). For the son (1852–1896), see Augustus Harris.

Augustus Frederick Glossop Harris (5 June 1825 – 19 April 1873) was a British actor and theatre manager.

Born in Naples, Italy, in 1825[1] he was the son of Joseph Glossop, first manager of the Royal Coburg Theatre (now known as the Victoria Theatre or the Old Vic), and opera singer Mme Féron (aka Fearon), a former prima donna assoluta at La Scala in Milan.[2]

His early career saw limited success as a comedian in London and Augustus Glossop was imprisoned for bankruptcy in June 1848.[3] By 1851 he had adopted the name Augustus Harris.[4]

He became a leading manager of opera and ballet, notably at Covent Garden, London, but also in Paris, Berlin and St. Petersburg. He wrote the libretto, with Edmund Falconer, for the opera The Rose of Castille; with music by Michael William Balfe, it was produced on Broadway in 1867. In the last four years of his life, he put on Christmas spectacles at Covent Garden.

He married Maria Ann Bone on 17 February 1846. He died in 1873 and is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London.[5]


  • Gossip (with Thomas J. Williams, 1859)
  • My son Diana (1857)
  • A very serious affair (1857)
  • Ruthven (1859)
  • The avalanche; or; The trials of the heart (1854)
  • Too much of a good thing (1855)
  • Tom Thrasher (1868)
  • Doing the hansom (1856)
  • The little treasure (1855)
  • The little treasure (1880)
  • Satanella, comic opera (1863)
  • Too much of a good thing! (1855)[6]


  1. ^ 1871 Middlesex Census
  2. ^ George Augustus Sala,The Life and Adventures of George Augustus Sala
  3. ^ London Gazette, 6 Jun 1848
  4. ^ 1851 Middlesex Census
  5. ^ Friends of Brompton Cemetery
  6. ^ The Open Library

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