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Seymour Hicks and Ellis Jeffreys in The Dove Cot, Duke of York’s Theatre, London, 1898

September 14, 2013

Seymour Hicks (1871-1949), English actor manager, and Ellis Jeffreys (1872-1943), English actress, in a scene from The Dove Cot, a comedy by Charles H.E. Brookfield, produced at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London, on 12 February 1898.
(cabinet photo: Alfred Ellis & Walery, 51 Baker Street, London, W, negative no. 26415-4)

The Dove Cot was decidedly a better name for the new comedy at the Duke of York’s Theatre than Jalouse, if for no other reason, because in ceasing to be French in locality and language MM. [Alexandre] Bisson and [Adolphe] Leclercq’s gay and amusing comedy ought obviously to take to itself an English title… . the main theme of The Dove Cot is the vagaries of an habitually jealous woman, and this is a subject that can claim no particular nationality… .
‘The piece is very fortunate in its interpreters. The bickerings between that comely young couple, Mr. and Mrs. Allward, arising out of the incorrigible propensity of the lady to find cause for jealous explosions in trifles light as air, were portrayed by Mr. Seymour Hicks and Miss Ellis Jeffreys with a most amusing and at the same time a most convincing air of reality. Unstable as our English climate, the lady is constantly brining charges of infidelity, repenting of them, and when forgiven by her devoted husband, suddenly starting upon some new ground of jealous distrust. The climax is reached when the jealous wife detects in her husband’s clothing on his return home one night a scent which is only in use among ladies, and, horror of horrors, discovers on his shoulder two long golden hairs. In vain Allward observes that his wife happens to have at that moment a black spot upon her nose, but that he does not on that account suspect her of ”kissing a chimney sweep.” The suspicion has, however, passed beyond mere badinage, and a separation is impending… .’
(The Daily News, London, Monday, 14 February 1898, p. 3b)


Marie Studholme

December 28, 2012

Marie Studholme (1872-1930) in her dressing room at the Gaiety Theatre, London, during the run of The Orchid, which began its run of 557 performances on 26 October 1903; Miss Studholme replaced Ethel Sydney in the part of Josephine Zaccary (photo: R.W. Thomas, London, 1904)

‘Miss Marie Studholme is another devoted admirer of pets of all kinds. Her tastes lie more particularly in the direction of dogs and parrots, and she possesses three dogs besides four or five of the above-mentioned interesting birds, who all appear devoted to her. It is a very pretty sight to see her with her favourite pet, a large cockatoo, nestling in her arms. To all the rest of the world Cocky is somewhat malicious, not to say spiteful; he is not above an occasional peck at the incautious stranger, and has a weird habit of dancing up and down on his perch, shouting in tones of diabolical glee, ”Hurrah! Wake the Baby.” But he never appears to show these unpleasing sides of his character to his mistress. A little while ago Cocky managed somehow or other to fly away, to the grief of his friends, and next morning news came that a white cockatoo had been seen perched on the roof of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, which is in the vicinity of Cocky’s home. Miss Studholme went off immediately and obtained leave from the sisters to go up in search of her lost pet. When she emerged on to the roof there sat Cocky, gloomy and defiant, among the chimney-pots, and his sole answer to all her blandishments was to peck and spit at her. While Miss Studholme was thus engaged, she heard a surprised voice saying, ”What are you doing up there?” and turning, she saw Miss Sybil Arundale, whose home is in the neighbourhood. She answered immediately, ”Don’t you see? – trying to catch my parrot again.” ”Your parrot!” said Miss Arundale. ”What do you mean? That is my bird – I know it quite well. I came up here to fetch it.” The situation was becoming somewhat strained, when fortunately Miss Studholme remembered that her bird wore a bracelet around its leg, and on examining the cockatoo they found that he was minus this ornament, and peace was restored. But what a scene for a musical comedy! The missing Cocky was found by Miss Studholme when she got back to her house, as he had apparently got tired of liberty and returned to his mistress of his own accord.
‘Miss Studholme made her first appearance in
La Cigale [at the Lyric Theatre, London, during 1891], in a small part which she took over from Miss Ellis Jeffreys, who was abandoning musical comedy for comedy proper, in which she has since made such a great success. Miss Studholme has been under Mr. George Edwardes’s management during most of her professional career, and has a great opinion of his talents as organiser and stage manager. Some day she hopes to appear in ”real comedy” herself, and indeed it is rumoured that this even may occur next year perhaps. Her favourite part is that of Iris in The Greek Slave, which she played on tour and later in London. Miss Marie Studholme is fond of touring as a change, but generally finds that before the tour is over she is beginning to long to be back among her pets and flowers in her pretty house in St. John’s Wood.’ (from B.M. Williams, ‘Some Actresses at Home,’ The Lady’s Realm, London, October 1904, pp. 704-706)

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