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Julia Warden

May 24, 2013

Julia Warden (Mrs George H. Mostyn, fl. 1877-1900), English actress, as she appeared in the title role of the pantomime, Dick Whittington and His Cat, New Theatre Royal, Park Row, Bristol, produced on Saturday, 23 December 1882
(carte de visite photo: Harvey Barton, Bristol; from the collection of Maurice Wilson Disher)

Bristol
‘NEW THEATRE ROYAL. – There was again last night an enormous audience at this house to witness the gorgeous holiday pantomime of ”Dick Whittington.” The pantomimes’ excursion train brought a regular army of visitors, and so many made their way to Park-row that after the popular parts of the theatre had been filled to their utmost capacity, and a very large number had taken seats in the dress circle and orchestra stalls, several hundreds had to be turned from the doors. A crowded audience is never without its influence on the actors, and the piece went with great spirit. Miss Julia Warden, having recovered from her indisposition [bronchitis], resumed the part of Dick, and upon her appearance received a very marked recognition. Miss Agnes Taylor, who so cheerfully and so gracefully acted in the title rôle during Miss Warden’s illness, filled once more her original character, and was deservedly applauded. All the salient parts of the pantomime were received with marked enthusiasm. Several of the songs and dances were encored, the scene with the living marionettes was literally screamed at, and the disclosure of the beautiful scene of Hampstead Heath provoked such a furore that the Messrs. Chute were compelled to appear and bow their acknowledgements. Miss Fanny Brown and her ballet troupe also came in for a share of approval, and all the artistes, we should say, must have been gratified.’
(The Bristol Mercury and Daily Post, Bristol, Tuesday, 30 January 1883, p. 5e)

‘The 1882-3 pantomime was ”Whittington and his Cat,” the former finding an excellent exponent in Miss Julia Warden and the latter in Master Cummins. As Alice Fitzwarren Miss Amy Grundy was delightful; as idle Jack Mr. George Thorne was, as at all time, ”top hole” and Mr. E.M. Robson made a capital ”old woman.” there were several important features of the work, which was written and produced by Mr. C.H. Stephenson. Amongst these was a violin solo by Mlle. Rita Presano, a double panorama of the Thames (Mr. Arthur Henderson), and the ”Turn again Whittington” sounded by an octave of magnificent bells, manufactured for the Messrs. Chute at a cost of £450. A further welcome item was the inclusion in the cast of Messrs. Henderson and Stanley, the ”living Marionettes.” Mr. Harry Paulo was the clown.’
(The Bristol Stage, G. Rennie Powell, Bristol, 1919, p. 126)

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