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Vesta Tilley, celebrated English music hall male impersonator and pantomime principal boy

January 6, 2013

Vesta Tilley (1864-1952), English music hall male impersonator and pantomime principal boy
(photo: unknown, probably England, late summer 1903)

Vesta Tilley at the Palace Theatre, London, week beginning Monday, 21 January 1907
‘Miss Vesta Tilley will present a scene, simple in ”tone” and ”human” in sentiment, entitled ”King Baby,” in which a strong difference between husband and wife is settled by the unconscious aid of the name character of the song. In this case, Miss Tilley will for the nonce discard the character she had already made herself famous, male impersonations, and will wear ordinary feminine attire.’
(The Sporting Times, London, Saturday, 19 January 1907, p. 10c)

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