Posts Tagged ‘Courtice Pounds’


Tivoli music hall, Strand, London, week beginning Monday, 28 December 1908

May 4, 2014

programme cover of the Tivoli music hall, Strand, London, for the week beginning Monday, 28 December 1908

1. Overture – ‘La part du Diable’ Auber
2. Orpheus – Instrumentalist
3. Miss Minnie Mace – Comedienne & Dancer
4. The San Remo Girls – Speciality Dancers
5. Miss Hilda Jacobsen – Contralto Vocalist
6. Desroches & Bianca – French Comedy Act
7. Mr. Charles Whittle – Comedian
8. Henri de Vries & Company (Henri de Vries, Dorothy Drake and Arthur Stanley) in A Modern Othello by Ina L. Cassilis and Auguste Van Biene
9. Jordan & Harvey – Hebrew Dialect Comedians
10. Les Marbas – Acrobatic Dancers
11. Mr. T.E. Dunville – With new song ‘The Territorial Soldier’
12. Selection – ‘The Gold Mine,’ on Popular Melodies Warwick Williams
13. Mr. Alfred Lester – In a Screamingly Funny Burlesque Skit entitled A Restaurant Episode Supported by Miss Gwen Howard
14. Miss May Moore Duprez – The Jolly Dutch Girl
15. Miss Marie Lloyd – Queen of Comediennes
16. Mr. George Formby – A real Lancashire Comedian
17. Courtice Pounds & Co (Courtice Pounds, Blanche Gaston Murray, Pearl Keats and J. Cooke Beresford) – In Musical Sketch Charles, His Friend by Keble Howard, music by Howard Samuel and Hermann Finck
18. Little Tich – The One and Only
19. Cole & Rags – Eccentric Jugglers
20. Russell’s Imperial Bioscope.


Ellaline Terriss as the Duc de Richelieu in The Dashing Little Duke, Hicks Theatre, London, 1909

April 8, 2014

two postcard photographs of Ellaline Terriss (1871-1971), English actress and singer, star of musical comedy
(photos: Foulsham & Banfield, London, 1909)

These two postcards, serial nos. 11509 F and 11530 A in the Rotary Photographic Series, published in London during 1909 by the Rotary Photographic Co Ltd, show Ellaline Terriss (left) as she appeared as the Duc de Richelieu in the musical play, The Dashing Little Duke, by Miss Terriss’s husband, Seymour Hicks, with lyrics by Ardian Ross and music by Frank E. Tours. The production, the cast of which also included Hayden Coffin, Courtice Pounds, Elizabeth Firth and Coralie Blythe, opened at the Hicks Theatre (now the Gielgud), London, on 17 February 1909 following an out of town trial at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham. It ran for a disappointing 95 performances. The postcard on the right shows Miss Terriss in private life with a ‘Duc de Richelieu’ doll.


Billie Burke and J. Farren Soutar as they appeared as Columbine and Harlequin in the harlequinade introduced on 22 December 1906 into the musical comedy, The Belle of Mayfair at the Vaudeville Theatre, London.

March 9, 2014

Billie Burke (1884-1970) and J. Farren Soutar (1870-1962), English actor and singer, as they appeared as Columbine and Harlequin in the harlequinade introduced into the musical comedy, The Belle of Mayfair (Vaudeville Theatre, London, 11 April 1906) on Saturday afternoon, 22 December 1906. Other members of the harlequinade were Arthur Williams (Clown), Sam Walsh (Pantaloon), Courtice Pounds (Policeman), Charles Angelo (Swell), Louie Pounds (Fairy Princess), Ruby Ray (Mdlle. Amorette), and Camille Clifford (La Pompadour).
(photo: Bassano, London, 1906)


The Blue Moon

April 29, 2013

colour lithograph cover (after original artwork by Richard Pannett) to the score of The Blue Moon, a musical play by Harold Ellis, revised by A.M. Thompson, with lyrics by Percy Greenbank and Paul A. Rubens and music by Howard Talbot and Paul A. Rubens, published by Chappell & Co Ltd, London, 1905, printed by H.G. Banks Ltd.

The Blue Moon, was first produced at the Opera House, Northampton, on 29 February 1904, before its London premier at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, on 28 August 1905. The principal parts on the opening night in London were played by Courtice Pounds, Fred Allandale, Walter Passmore, Willie Edouin, Eleanor Souray, Florence Smithson (a stylized portrait of whom is on the above score cover), Billie Burke and Carrie Moore.


J. & P. Coats ‘Best Six Cord Thread’ advertising card with Courtice Pounds as Nanki-Poo

January 29, 2013

a J. & P. Coats ‘Best Six Cord Thread’ advertising card, featuring a portrait
of the character Nanki-Poo from Gilbert & Sullivan’s opera, The Mikado.
Although Nanki-Poo was created by Durward Lely when The Mikado
was first performed at the Savoy Theatre, London, on 14 March 1885, and the part was played by Charles Kenningham in the 1895 revival at the Savoy, the image on this card is almost certainly after a photograph of Courtice Pounds as Nanki-Poo when The Mikado was first produced by
the D’Oyly Carte company in New York, at the Fifth Avenue Theatre, on 19 August 1885
(lithograph, printed by Donaldson Brothers, New York, circa 1885)