Posts Tagged ‘Lily Iris’


the audience at the Brixton Theatre, 6 January 1906, during a performance of Cinderella

June 27, 2013

the audience at the Brixton Theatre, South London, during a performance of the pantomime, Cinderella, 6 January 1906
(photo: unknown, London, 6 January 1906)

The cast of the Brixton Theatre 1905 pantomime, Cinderella, which opened on Boxing Day, included Lily Iris as Prince Casimir, Milly McIntyre in the title role, George French as the Baron, Tom W. Conway as Tiny, Herbert St. John as Dandini, Adelaide Gracey and Madge Yates as Araminta and Elvira (the ugly sisters), and Ellaline Thorne as the Duke of Whistbridge.


Maudi Darrell and George Graves in The Belle of Britanny

May 29, 2013

Maudi Darrell (1882-1920) as Toinette and George Graves (1876-1949) as the Marquis de St. Gautier in The Belle of Britanny, Queen’s Theatre, London, 24 October 1908
(photo: Foulsham & Banfield, London, 1908)

This real photograph postcard, no. 7444B in the Rotary Photographic Series published in 19087 by the Rotary Photographic Co Ltd of London, shows Maudi Darrell as Toinette and George Graves as the Marquis de St. Gautier in the comic opera The Belle of Britanny, which was produced at the Queen’s Theatre, London, on 24 October 1908. The piece was written by Leedham Bantock and P.J. Barrow, with lyrics by Percy Greenbank and music by Howard Talbot and Marie Horne. Other members of the cast included Lawrence Rea, Davy Burnaby, E.W. Royce senior, Walter Passmore, Lily Iris (replaced during the run successively by May Hackney and Millie Legarde), Maud Boyd, Blanche Stocker, Minnie Baker, Gladys Saqui and Ruth Vincent. The production ran for 147 performances.

An American production of The Belle of Britanny opened at Daly’s Theatre, New York, on 8 November 1909, in which Toinette was played by Elsa Ryan and de St. Gautier by Frank Daniels.