Archive for December, 2013

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Happy Christmas, 2013, from Footlight Notes

December 8, 2013

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L. Bullock and Maisie Ellinger as Lord and Lady Shoeford in Augustus Moore’s company on tour in the United Kingdom in La Toledad during 1903/04

December 8, 2013

L. Bullock and Maisie Ellinger as Lord and Lady Shoeford in Augustus Moore’s company on tour in the United Kingdom in the comic opera La Toledad during 1903/04.
(photo: unknown, United Kingdom, 1903/04; coloured halftone postcard published H.M. & Co., London, 1903/04)

The English version by Augustus Moore of Felicien Carré and Edmond Audran‘s La Toledad was first produced at the Theatre Royal, Windsor on Saturday, 11 April 1903. The title role was played by Georgina Delmar and other members of the cast included Emily Soldene as La Maracona, Alec Marsh, Charles Collette, Roland Cunningham, and A.S. Barber and Mary Collette as Lord and Lady Shoeford.

A condensed version of La Toledad was presented on the variety stage at the Palace Theatre, London, for a four week season beginning Monday, 19 October 1903 in which Georgina Delmar played the title role. Other members of the cast were Kitty Marion (who replaced Emily Soldene), Ernest Freshwater, Maisie Ellinger and L. Bullock. The bill for the first week or two also included Loie Fuller ‘in her series of delightfully artistic and mysterious dances,’ Daisy Jerome and others.

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Pedro de Cordoba as Prince Calaf in the American production of Turandot, Princess of China, 1912

December 6, 2013

Pedro de Cordoba (1881-1950), American stage and film actor, as he appeared in the role of Prince Calaf in the American production of Karl Vollmoeller’s ‘Chinoiserie in Three Acts’ entitled Turandot, Princess of China, which was staged by the Shuberts in December 1912. The play previously had been directed by Max Reinhardt in Berlin in1911 and another version, which ran for 27 performances, was produced by Sir George Alexander at the St. James’s, Theatre, London, early in 1913.
(photo: unknown, probably New York, 1912)

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Lily Morris as Jack in the pantomime, Jack and Jill at the Prince’s Theatre, Bristol, Christmas 1907

December 6, 2013

Lily Morris (1882-1952), English music hall comedienne and pantomime principal boy as she appeared in the role of Jack opposite Mabel Russell as Jill in the pantomime Jack and Jill, at the Prince’s Theatre, Bristol, Christmas 1907.
(photo: Protheroe, Bristol, 1907/1908)

‘The part of Jack has been allotted to Miss Lily Morris, who was with us [at the Prince’s Theatre, Bristol] two seasons ago, and it is a character to which she is eminently suited. She has plenty of spirit, and invests the part with the necessary amount of dash and ”go.” Miss Morris is abundantly supplied with songs, which she will quickly popularise; in fact, ”My Lassie from Lancashire” was soon caught up on the first night. She also sings, ”Put me amongst the girls” and ”Meet me, Jenny, when the sun goes down.” Miss Mabel Russell, as the principal girl, Jill, undertakes the part charmingly. Miss Morris and Miss Russell work hard together, and they are amply rewarded by applause. Miss Russell shows her capabilities as a dancer after singing one or two acceptable ditties, and she has already become a warm favourite.’
(The Stage, London, Thursday, 2 January 1908, pp. 5e-6b)

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George Grossmith junior and Connie Ediss in The Sunshine Girl, Gaiety Theatre, London, 1912

December 5, 2013

George Grossmith junior (1874-1935), English actor, singer, theatrical producer, writer, &c, and Connie Ediss (1871-1934), English actress, comedienne and singer, respectively as Lord Bicester and Brenda Blacker in an incident from The Sunshine Girl, the musical play by Paul Rubens and Cecil Raleigh produced at the Gaiety Theatre, London, on 24 February 1912.
(photo: Foulsham & Banfield, London, 1912; Rotary Photographic Series postcard no. 11670 B, published by the Rotary Photographic Co Ltd, London, 1912)