Gladys Ivery

May 10, 2013

Gladys Ivery (fl. early 20th Century), English actress and singer
(photo: J. Garratt, Leeds, circa 1907)

Gladys Ivery heads the cast in the musical comedy The Purple Emperor, King’s Theatre, Hammersmith, 6 December 1909
‘Mr. Tristam Crutchley has taken for the theme of his new musical comedy the meteoric career of the Emperor of the Sahara, and under the title of The Purple Emperor, it was produced at the King’s Theatre, Hammersmith, last week. The story told is amusing enough, and the music to which it is wedded shows that the composer, Mr. Harold Austin, has a decided gift of melody and an ingenious talent for dainty and agreeable orchestration. Some of the lyrics are delightfully original and unhackneyed. Decidedly Mr. Austin will again be heard of in the musical world. The company engaged in the service of The Purple Emperor wad distinctly clever. Miss Gladys Ivery, a pretty girl with a soprano voice that, though a little metallic in quality, is genuinely brilliant and effective, playing Christine Carlingford, remarkably well. Miss Winnie Browne was also attractive as “a lady journalist,” and Miss Maie Sydney made a pretty little midshipmite. Mr. Roland Bottomley was the lover-hero of the production, and as Lieutenant Robert Kestrain, R.N., sang admirably and acted with spirit. Constantine Jakes, the “Purple Emperor,” was amusingly played by Mr. Charles McNaughton, and the other members of a large company were all excellent in their various characters.
(A.M.I., The Lady, London, Thursday, 16 December 1909, p.1154b)


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