Lily Landon

December 23, 2012

Lily Landon (fl. late 1880s/1890s), English music hall serio-comic and pantomime principal girl

This real photograph cigarette card, published about 1900 by Ogden’s of Liverpool for its Guinea Gold Cigarettes, features a portrait of the English music hall serio-comic and pantomime principal girl, Lily Landon. (Photo: unknown, probably Hana, London, circa 1897)

Hungerford music hall, London. ‘A little lady called Lily Landon did much to dispel our aversion to the appearance of precocious children upon the stage; there is real talent in this youthful personage, and her clear and unstrained articulation might with advantage be emulated by many maturer aspirants upon the boards. There should be a successful future in store for Lily Landon.’ (The Entr’acte, London, Saturday, 6 June 1885, p.11a)

Oxford music hall, London. ‘The younger members of the serio-comic sisterhood find fascinating representatives in Miss Queenie Lawrence, who has happened on a very good song, “The Duchess of Leicester-square;” in Miss Lily Landon, who looks pretty in an old gold costume; in Miss Marion Keates, a promising recruit who is piquant in an “answer” song; and in Miss Ray Maskell, a capital dancer.’ (The Era, London, Saturday, 21 July 1894, p.14a)

At Christmas 1898 Lily Landon appeared in the title role of the pantomime Cinderella at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow. Other members of the cast included Evie Greene, Mark Sheridan, Nellie Christie, George Spry and Harry Lupino.

Theatre Royal, Edinburgh. ‘Dick Whittington has achieved an immediate artistic and financial success, and it is admitted on all sides here that this beautifully illustrated edition of the always-popular pantomime story is the most expensively mounted and best acted pantomime that Howard and Wyndham have yet given us. Scenery and dresses are provided in lavish profusion and magnificence, and the company is strong and well equipped for the enjoyment of holiday audiences. The theatre has been packed in every corner nightly all week, and the morning [matinée] representations have drawn equally large houses. As Idle Jack Mr Mark Sheridan is the very epitome of fun, his droll humour and peculiarly amusing style causing peals of merriment all through the evening. Mr W.E. Richardson, who proves as effective in pantomime as in comedy and drama, gives able support as the Cook, a judicious and clever performances that will please the most exacting. Mr Harry Cole invests the rôle of Fitzwarren with many diverting features, and Messrs Drew and Alders, whose grotesque antics provoke shouts of laughter, are decidedly happy in all they say or do. Miss Cissy Fitzgerald is successful in no ordinary degree as Dick, and is a welcome recruit to the rather limited ranks of first-class pantomime boys; while a great deal of admiration is centred in Miss Lily Landon, who plays Alice so prettily, and sings so delightfully. Miss Nellie Christie is immensely amusing as Queen Susantusan, and Miss Violet Englefield’s violin solo remains a conspicuous feature of the performance.’ (The Era, London, Saturday, 30 December 1899, p.8a)

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