Molly Wynne as Jack in the pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, Crystal Palace, London, Christmas 1912

December 14, 2014

Molly Wynne (active early 20th Century), English actress and singer, as she appeared as Jack in the pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, produced at Crystal Palace Theatre, south London at Christmas 1912.
(postcard photo: Elwin Neame, London, 1912, negative no. 2252-9)

‘All hypochondriacs ought to go to the Crystal Palace pantomime, ”Jack and the Beanstalk.” Jaundiced indeed will be their view of life if they fail to laugh. There are go-ahead comedians like Mr. Alfred Passmore, Mr. Bobbie Hall, Mr. Alfred Hurley, and Messrs. McKie and McKay. There is reality about Giant Big Bloke, played by Mr. J.M. East; there is a dainty little Jack in Miss Molly Wynne, and there is an outstanding artist in acting, singing, dancing, and smiling in Miss Doris Lee. The vast Giant Big Bloke puts his baby to bed, and this terrible infant is a quaint little chap full of antics, a ”comforter” in his mouth, and a sash around his waist. This little comedian is Little Tony, and the grotesque contrast of giant and ”child” is very comical.
‘I a good all-round company even the Fairy Queen has a voice, and the singing of Miss Violet Parry in this character of ”Fairy Star of Hope” called forth rounds of applause. Of course, there is ”Everybody’s Doing It!” and it is given with spirit and artistic effect by Miss Euphan Maclaren and Mr. Harry Davis. Political allusions, for the moment at any rate, are kept down. They are confined to the two great so-called ”above party” subjects – the Navy and the Insurance Act. When discussing beneath the frowning walls of Giant Big Bloke’s cloudland castle a map of places in the air one of the comedians points to a place marked ”Lloyd George’s Sanatorium.” ”It’s non-existent,” retorts another. ”This is a map,” answers Jack, ”of places in the air.” The scenery and the ballets deserve a special word. Village scenes in the fairest English countryside, such as you may find in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, Hampshire and Sussex, are presented with an air of reality, while the silvery aerial ballet, the ”Dances of the Fairy Beans,” and the ”Palace of Happiness” are all beautifully done. ”Jack and the Beanstalk” is Mr. Bannister Howard‘s seventh Crystal Palace pantomime. He and the authors, Messrs. Brian Daly and J.M. East, and all concerned are to be congratulated on having exemplified the truth that a pantomime can avoid coarseness without approaching dullness. The Crystal Palace is much nearer London than it used to be, and the pantomime is jolly.’
(The Standard, London, Thursday, 26 December 1912, p. 4b)

One comment

  1. Very intresting!! 🙂

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