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Alice and Marie Lloyd – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 17th January 1903

THE PANTOMIME SEASON –  SOME PRINCIPALS IN LONDON AND THE PROVINCES.

 

There has been quite a boom this year in pantomime production, if not in successes. In and about London alone no fewer than between thirty and forty Christmas pieces have been produced.

Miss Alice Lloyd is one of the five Little Red Riding Hoods who are to be seen in London this season. She is very successful in Mr. Isaac Cohen’s production, singing, acting, and dancing with equal taste. Miss Jessie Preston, Miss Poppy Williams, and several excellent male artists support with spirit a performance which is strongly supported in a spectacular sense. Our picture is from a photo graph by Langfier, Ltd.

Miss Lil Hawthorne is praised by the Birmingham writers for her good presence and good voice. She is associated with Mr. George Robey in the performance, Mr. John Brabourne, Mr. Herbert Sparling, Miss Ethel Newman, Miss Lulu London, Miss Carlotta Levey, and other favourites. Our picture is from a photograph by Geo. Garet-Charles, Acacia- road, N. W.

Aladdin, the fifth annual pantomime at the Crown Theatre, is also its fifth annual success. Miss Marie Lloyd is a great favourite here, and her Aladdin sustains her popularity. Miss Lloyd’s performance has lost none of its spirit since her earlier triumphs, while it has gained in those other qualities which the critical like to find. Our picture is from a photo graph by Langfier, Ltd.

Miss Ada Blanche, whose capital performances in Drury Lane pantomime are not yet forgotten, is, at Liverpool, once again a very effective Dick Whittington. She has the advantage of appearing in a version of the old story pleasantly retold, and of being very capably supported. Our pictures of Miss Blanche in costume are from photographs by Ellis and Walery, Baker-street, the remaining one being .by Henry, The Vandyke Studio, Liverpool.

MISS ALICE LLOYD, THE DAINTY “LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD,” AT I HE PAVILION THEATRE, MILE END.

MISS LIL HAWTHORNE, AS PRINCIPAL BOY IN “JACK AND THE BEANSTALK,” AT THE PRINCE OF WALES’S THEATRE, BIRMINGHAM.

MISS MARIE LLOYD, WHO PLAYS THE NAME-PART IN “ALADDIN,” AT THE CROWN THEATRE, PECKHAM.

MISS ADA BLANCHE AS THE PRINCE IN “THE BABES IN THE WOOD.”

MISS ADA BLANCHE.

MISS ADA BLANCHE IN “ALADDIN” AT DRURY LANE THEATRE.

MISS ADA BLANCHE, WHO FOR SIX CONSECUTIVE YEARS WAS PRINCIPAL BOY IN THE DRURY LANE PANTOMIME, AND IS NOW PLAYING DICK WHITTINGTON AT THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE, LIVERPOOL.

 

The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 17th January 1903

 

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Vesta Tilley – 1896 – 1919

Matilda Alice Powles (13 May 1864 – 16 September 1952) was an English music hall performer. She adopted the stage name Vesta Tilley and became one of the best-known male impersonators of her era. Her career lasted from 1869 until 1920. Starting in provincial theatres with her father as manager, she performed her first season in London in 1874. She typically performed as a dandy or fop, also playing other roles. She found additional success as a principal boy in pantomime.

By the 1890s, Tilley was England’s highest earning woman. She was also a star in the vaudeville circuit in the United States, touring a total of six times. She married Walter de Frece, a theatre impresario who became her new manager and songwriter. At a Royal Command Performance in 1912, she scandalised Queen Mary because she was wearing trousers. During the First World War she was known as “England’s greatest recruiting sergeant” since she sang patriotic songs dressed in khaki fatigues like a soldier and promoted enlistment drives.

Becoming Lady de Frece in 1919, she decided to retire and made a year-long farewell tour from which all profits went to children’s hospitals. Her last performance was in 1920 at the Coliseum Theatre, London. She then supported her husband when he became a Member of Parliament and later retired with him to Monte Carlo. She died in 1952 on a visit to London and is buried at Putney Vale Cemetery. Her life story was commemorated in the 1957 film After the Ball.

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Jeanette Loff – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 17th August 1929

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Iris Hoey & Pauline Chase – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 30th November 1912

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Iris Hoey – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 25th October 1930

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Dorothy Ward – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 18th December 1909

 

Dorothy Ward born 26th April 1890, Aston, Birmingham.

W Macqueen-Pope, ‘The Melodies Linger On’ wrote; “Tights become her, they are second nature to her and she understands pantomime and its topsy-turviness.”

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Marie Prevost – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 7th August 1926

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The Dairymaids – 1906

 

The Dairymaids is a farcical musical comedy in two acts by Alexander M. Thompson and Robert Courtneidge.

The music is by Paul A. Rubens and Frank E. Tours and lyrics by Paul A. Rubens and Arthur Wimperis.

It opened at the Apollo Theatre, London on 14 April 1906 where it ran for 239 performances.

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Rudge-Whitworth – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 13th May 1905

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Lily Elsie – The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News – Saturday 25th November 1905

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