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Stafford Hall’s tableau, ‘A Dream of China’ in the pantomime, Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp, produced at the Grand Theatre, Leeds, Christmas, 1894

May 4, 2014

the final tableau painted by the noted English scenic artist, Stafford Hall (1855-1921) of the pantomime, Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp, produced at the Grand Theatre, Leeds, Yorkshire, at Christmas, 1894
(photo: unknown, Leeds, 1894)

‘The last scene of all is Mr. Stafford Hall’s transformation scene, entitled, ”A Dream of China – Illustrated in Two Plates.” Upon this magnificent scene the artist has evidently expended a great deal of thought and skill, and the result is a most resplendent picture, grand in its design and grouping, and glowing with gorgeous colour.’
(The Leeds Mercury, Leeds, Monday, 24 December 1894, p. 5g)

The leading cast members of this production of Aladdin were Maggie Duggan, Julia Kent, Violet Durkin, Denny Fitzherbert, Marion Martell, Ethel Bartlett, Alfred Hemming, Austin Melford, George Delaforce, the Payne Troupe of pantomimists and the Albert and Edmunds Troupe of acrobats, also the champion trick bicycle rider, W.G. Hurst.

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