Posts Tagged ‘King’s Theatre (Hammersmith)’


Topsy Sinden and Lily Elsie on tour in See-See, early 1907

March 6, 2015

Topsy Sinden (1877-1950) and Lily Elsie (1886-1962), as they appeared respectively as So-Hie and See-See, with ladies of the chorus, on tour in the United Kingdom during the first few months of 1907 with George Edwardes’s Company‘ in the ‘New Chinese Comic Opera,’ See-See. So-Hie and See-See were originally played by Gabrielle Ray and Denise Orme when See-See was first produced at the Prince of Wales’s Theatre, London, on 20 June 1906.
(photo: Foulsham & Banfield, London, late 1906/early1907; postcard no 3283F in the Rotary Photographic Co Ltd’s Rotary Photographic Series, published London, early 1907)

‘Miss Lily Elsie, who played the title rôle in ”The New Aladdin” at the Gaiety, gave a charming performance of ”See See” at the King’s, Hammersmith, last night. Miss Elsie has an engaging presence and a charming voice, and altogether gives promise of a brilliant future. Mr. George Edwardes has staged the popular Chinese comic opera very handsomely, both as regards scenery and company. Mr. Frank Danby and Mr. W.H. Rawlins keep the fun going, and the singing, acting, and dancing of Miss Amy Augarde, Mr. Leonard Mackay, and Miss Topsy Sinden are delightful. The production was enthusiastically received by a full house.’
(The Standard, London, Tuesday, 30 April 1907, p. 4f)


Little Bertie Lockwood impersonates Charlie Chaplin, 1918

September 18, 2013

A postcard photograph of Little Bertie Lockwood (active 1917-1918), ‘The Smallest Comedian in the World,’ a pupil of Lila Field’s dancing school at Heddon Street, Regent Street, London
(photo: Elliott & Fry Ltd, London, 1918)

At the King’s Theatre, Hammersmith, pupils of Lila Field appeared in The Marriage of Oberon, a masque by Lewis Cornwall with music by Jean Mars, and Love and Kisses, a musical phantasy by Thomas Courtice. Bertie Lockwood appeared in both productions, but for the latter the ‘idea of doubling has no terrors for Bertie Lockwood, and in this piece he is seen in three parts – Jacob (the Cat), the ”Tommy,” and Charlie Chaplin. As the ”Tommy” he sings ”Oh! Oh! It’s a lovely war” in a manner which gained for him a deserved encore on the occasion of our visit.’
(The Stage, London, Thursday, 16 May 1918, p. 12c/d)


Gladys Ivery

May 10, 2013

Gladys Ivery (fl. early 20th Century), English actress and singer
(photo: J. Garratt, Leeds, circa 1907)

Gladys Ivery heads the cast in the musical comedy The Purple Emperor, King’s Theatre, Hammersmith, 6 December 1909
‘Mr. Tristam Crutchley has taken for the theme of his new musical comedy the meteoric career of the Emperor of the Sahara, and under the title of The Purple Emperor, it was produced at the King’s Theatre, Hammersmith, last week. The story told is amusing enough, and the music to which it is wedded shows that the composer, Mr. Harold Austin, has a decided gift of melody and an ingenious talent for dainty and agreeable orchestration. Some of the lyrics are delightfully original and unhackneyed. Decidedly Mr. Austin will again be heard of in the musical world. The company engaged in the service of The Purple Emperor wad distinctly clever. Miss Gladys Ivery, a pretty girl with a soprano voice that, though a little metallic in quality, is genuinely brilliant and effective, playing Christine Carlingford, remarkably well. Miss Winnie Browne was also attractive as “a lady journalist,” and Miss Maie Sydney made a pretty little midshipmite. Mr. Roland Bottomley was the lover-hero of the production, and as Lieutenant Robert Kestrain, R.N., sang admirably and acted with spirit. Constantine Jakes, the “Purple Emperor,” was amusingly played by Mr. Charles McNaughton, and the other members of a large company were all excellent in their various characters.
(A.M.I., The Lady, London, Thursday, 16 December 1909, p.1154b)