Posts Tagged ‘C.M.S. McLellan’


Lil Hawthorne as she appeared in 1898 and 1899 singing ‘Take it Home and Give it to the Baby’

February 3, 2014

Lil Hawthorne (1877-1926), American-born British music hall star and pantomime principal boy, as she appeared in 1898 and 1899 singing ‘Take it Home and Give it to the Baby,’ a song by William Furst with words by C.M.S. McLellan which was sung by Pauline Hall of the Pauline Hall Opera Company in the comic opera, The Honeymooners, which was first produced in the United States in 1893.
(photo: unknown, UK, probably 1898)

The Oxford music hall, London, week beginning Monday, 12 July 1898
‘A highly popular favourite at the Oxford is Miss Lil Hawthorne, a beautiful American girl, one of the Three Sisters Hawthorne, who made such a hit in ”The Willow Pattern Plate” last year. ”Lil,” while singing her first song, creates a diversion by distributing a number of dolls among the audience. In her second item, ”Sweet Rosie O’Grady,” she is assisted in the chorus by a young standing in the circle, and is vociferously encored and recalled after an emphatic success.’
(The Era, London, Saturday, 16 July 1898, p. 16a)

The Alhambra, Leicester Square, London, week beginning Monday, 22 August 1899
‘Since our last notice of the variety entertainment at the Alhambra, the company has been reinforced by the enlistment of Miss Lil Hawthorne, who, attired as a doll-seller, songs ”Take it home and give it to the baby,” flinging some of her poupéesto the eager and delighted audience, who warmly applaud her. She Has a handsome appearance and a good voice, and sings with expressive earnestness.’
(The Era, London, Saturday, 26 August 1899, p. 18a)

The Granville music hall, Waltham Green, London, week beginning Monday, 30 October 1899
‘Miss Lil Hawthorne (formerly of the Three Sisters Hawthorne) is very popular with the Waltham-green folk, and her capital voice and charming appearance are largely responsible for her undoubted success. She gets at the hearts of the women-folk in her first song, ”Take it home and give it to the baby,” by a distribution of toy dolls, but takes admiration by storm in her second item, ”I’ll be your sweetheart,” the chorus of which is chanted from the balcony by a sweet-voiced youth.’
(The Era, London, Saturday, 4 November 1899, p. 19b)


Constance Bromley

December 28, 2012

Constance Bromley (fl. early 20th Century), English actress (photo: unknown, UK, circa 1908)

Little is known at present about Constance Bromley’s career apart from her being on a UK tour during 1905 with Herbert Beerbohm Tree’s Company. Later the same year she was with Charles Frohman’s Company on a UK tour in C.M.S. McLellan’s play Leah Kleschna, with Elaine Inescort in the title role. In 1906 Miss Bromley is mentioned as having written the play The Ranchman’s Romance, which was successfully produced, with herself in the cast, at the Queen’s Theatre, Leeds, on 20 June. In 1907 Constance Bromley appeared on tour with Edward Compton in William Muskerry’s comedy Garrick; or, Only an Actor, with Phyllis Relph in the leading female role as Violet Gresham. Miss Bromley remained with Compton during 1908, appearing in A Reformed Rake, The Eighteenth Century, She Stoops to Conquer and The School for Scandal. Two years later she was on tour in one of F.R. Benson’s companies, appearing as Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew. By 1919 Miss Bromley had become secretary and manager of the Grand Opera House, Calcutta. From there she seems to have drifted into films as a publicist.