Posts Tagged ‘Dennis Neilson-Terry’


Alice Delysia in Carminetta, Prince of Wales’s Theatre, London, 1917

June 24, 2013

Alice Delysia (1889-1979), French actress and singer, star of London revues
(photo: Foulsham & Banfield, London, circa 1916)

Carminetta, an operetta adapted from the French by Monkton Hoffe, with music by Emile Lassaily, Herman Finck and Herman Darewski, and lyrics by Douglas Furber, was produced by Charles B. Cochran at the Prince of Wales’s Theatre, London, on 22 August 1917. Delysia appeared in the title role (understudied by Sylva Dancourt), and other important parts were played by Leon Morton, Robert Cunningham, Dennis Neilson-Terry (succeeded by Geoffrey Gwyther), May Beatty, Florence Vie and Marie Blanche. Alec S. Clunes, grandfather of Martin Clunes, was also in the cast.

‘Delysia Returns.
‘Whatever else may be said of Carminetta, at the Prince of Wales Theatre, it is undeniable that it gives Alice Delysia the opportunity of demonstrating to the full her completely-equipped temperamental gifts. Her picture of Carminetta, own daughter to Bizet’s immortal Carmen, is one of those performances that, should you brain and heart happen to be tuned to the appeal of the artist, simply thrill and hold you from beginning to end. Stormily tempestuous, utterly lovable, a tiger-cat, a hoyden – everything by turn, and always a great personality – so does Delysia assert herself at the Prince of Wales. It may be pointed out by the hyper-critics that she is not always perfect and that she is sometimes too violent in her passion. But what do such flaws matter with an artist who can sing and act three such absolutely dissimilar numbers as the ”Habanera,” the ”Cliquot” song, and that utterly lovely ”Farewell” which brings down the final curtain? Delysia’s is a truly splendid accomplishment, and Carminetta should find a sanctuary in every heart.
‘M. Morton is, as always, a great comic artist. As the South American wine-grower Panelli he is superlatively quaint. Another excellent bit of character acting comes from Mr. Robert Cunningham as Escamillo, one the Toreador of Carmen’s fatal attraction, Mr. Dennis Neilson-Terry as Ensign O’Hara plays a difficult part with much skill. Then there are pretty Miss Marie Blanche as the English Lady Susan – a skilful contrast to Carminetta’s violent personality – Miss May Beatty clever as Frasquita, and Miss Florence Vie comical as Panelli’s sister. There is also a charming chorus in crinolines and peg-top trousers, and a gay and youthful spirit about everybody and everything!’
(The Lady, London, Thursday, 30 August 1917, p. 199a)


Sybil Hook

June 6, 2013

Sybil Hook (fl. 1912-1922), English actress and dancer, as the Second Twin in a United Kingdom touring production of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, about 1913
(photo: Corn, Cardiff, circa 1913)

Sybil Hook appeared as the Second Twin in Peter Pan at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London, for the Christmas season of 1912/13, with Pauline Chase in the title role. She is next recorded as an extra in Seymour Hicks’s production of George Egerton’s comedy, Wild Thyme at the Comedy, London (19 April 1915), which subsequently toured England and Scotland. She reappeared in Peter Pan at the New Theatre, London (23 December 1916), when she played Tootles, with Unity More in the title role. Miss Hook played Tootles again in Peter Pan at the New at Christmas 1918/19, with Faith Celli in the title role, and again at the New at Christmas 1919/20, with Georgette Cohan as Peter. Sybil Hook’s next London engagement was as Ivy Routledge in the topical farce, Her Dancing Man (Garrick, 3 September 1920), with Jack Buchanan, Ronald Squire, Viola Tree, Auriol Lee and Empsie Bowman. Miss Hook is last mentioned as Fair Lady, Manon of Venice in Arlequin, a comedy fantasy by Maurice Magre (translated by Louis N. Parker), with music by Andre Gailhard, produced at the Empire, Leicester Square on 21 December 1922; other members of the cast included Dennis Neilson-Terry, Godfrey Tearle, Dorothy Green, Netta Westcott, Edith Kelly Gould, Rosina Philippi and Viola Tree. The piece was choreographed by Leonide Massine.

* * * * *

‘LONDON, Eng., Mar. 27 [1920]. – London has taken to its heart a new favorite in the person of Sybil Hook, who up to a month ago, was playing small parts in road shows. When Georgette Cohan, daughter of George M. Cohan, and Ethel Levey, now residing here, sailed for America to join her father, she [Sybil Hook] stepped into her part at the Garrick, where ”Mr. Pim Passes By” is playing and has been the pet of London ever since.’
(The New York Clipper, New York, Wednesday, 31 March 1920, p. 12c)