Mabel Bardine on a tour of music halls in the United Kingdom during 1908 in the sketch, Nell of the Halls

January 27, 2014

Mabel Bardine (1878-1948), American vaudeville actress, on tour in the United Kingdom during 1908
(postcard photo: unknown, UK, probably 1908)

During her tour of UK music halls in 1908, Mabel Bardine played Nell in the sketch, Nell of the Halls and was supported by Hugh Ardale as William Millerton and Leila Russell as Madeline.

Empire Palace music hall, Leeds, week beginning Monday, 28 December 1908
‘Mabel Bardine and company present Nell of the Halls, which allows this clever and vivacious American actress plenty of scope to show her dramatic powers.’
(The Stage, London, Thursday, 31 December 1908, p. 8d)

‘Mabel Bardine, the American actress who started wide discussion in London last summer by producing the sketch Nell of the Halls, will open Monday for a ten-weeks’ tour on the United time.
‘Miss Bardine’s sketch was produced just after the close of Rose Stahl in the English capital with the playlet, The Chorus Lady. Both sketches were built from the same story and were practically identical. Miss Bardine at the time denied all knowledge of Miss Stahl’s vehicle.’
(Variety, New York, Saturday, 6 March 1908, p. 8d)


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