Posts Tagged ‘Lily Lena’


Nora Stockelle, English music hall and pantomime soubrette and dancer

February 23, 2014

Nora Stockelle (active 1907-1920), English music hall and pantomime soubrette and dancer
(postcard photo: Charles & Russell, 10 Royal Avenue, Belfast, circa 1915)

Merry Moments Merry Moments, a revue by Albert P. de Courville and Herman Darewski, first presented at the Hackney Empire, north London, 22 March 1915. There were various changes during the subsequent tour: Nell Emerald was temporarily replaced by Lily Lena and by July 1915 Florence Smithson had been added.
Finsbury Park Empire, north London, week beginning Monday 17 May 1915
‘Harry Day brings his Merry Moments to Finsbury Park Empire this week, and frankly disdaining the fetters of a plot of any kind, just gives us a series of amusing scenes, linked together by choruses, and the evolutions and dances of Lottie Stone’s troupe. The effect is decidedly pleasing, and requires no mental effort to follow. Amongst the most amusing episodes are ”The Amateur Burglar,” by Hal Jones, [Fred] Hawes, and T. Gamble; ”Bookkeeping” and ”A present from a friend,” by Marriott Edgar and Walter Williams; ”The Canadian Bully,” by Lily Lena, [Hal] Jones, and [Fred] Dark; ”A swish wish,” by Nora Stockelle, Messrs. Edgar, Jones, and W. Williams. These are apparently the favourites with the audience. Lily Lena’s archness and piquancy find immediate favour with the audience, and she makes a great hit with her song, ”What a lady.” Nora Stockelle scores with ”All of you rag with me,” as does Miss [Beatrice] Boarer and Walter Williams with their duet, ”Anytime, Anywhere.” altogether, Merry Moments may be said to have made a good impression, and Mr. A. Coleman Hicks has no cause of complaint as to business.’
(The Stage, London, Thursday, 20 May 1915, p. 16a)


John F. Sheridan as Widow Twankey in the pantomime Aladdin, Metropole Theatre, Camberwell, South London, Christmas, 1896

January 21, 2013

a colour lithograph song-sheet cover for Richard Morton’s ‘The Motor Car,’
with portrait of John F. Sheridan (1848-1908), English actor, singer and dramatist,
as Widow Twankey in the pantomime Aladdin,
Metropole Theatre, Camberwell, South London, Christmas, 1896
(probably after a photograph, lithograph by Banks,
published by G. Ricordi & Co, London, copyright 1897)

The other day we had a short vacation,
I and mamma, also papa;
We fixed on Brighton as our destination,
By motor car; by motor car.
We started off from Camberwell ‘hooraying,’
With loud ‘hurrah!,’ also ‘ha-ha!’
The people in the road stood still, and saying,
‘Oh, there they are! a motor car!’

Puffing, snorting, so peculiar!
People shouting, ‘They don’t know where they are!’
They laughed at us – they laughed at pa,
They laughed at me – they laughed at ma!
When we went to Brighton on our famous motor car!

”The Motor Car’ is the title of Mr Richard Morton’s new parody on the tuneful drinking song of Denza’s “Funiculi funicular.” It was sung in the recent Metropole pantomime by Mr John F. Sheridan, and as an up-to-date and humorous lyric should be welcomed.’
(The Era, London, Saturday, 20 February 1897, p. 21c)

Aladdin, Christmas pantomime written by Wilton Jones, Lloyd Townrow and J.B. Mulholland, produced on Boxing Day, 1896, Metropole Theatre, Camberwell, South London, with Rose Dearing in the title role, John F. Sheridan as Widow Trankey and Lucy Weston as Princess Badroulbadour. The cast also included Lily Lena, Godwynne Earle and Florence Hewitt.
‘Miss Rose Dearing as Aladdin was distinctly good, looked handsome, and sang and danced capitally, making a sprightly and exuberant hero; and with Miss Weston made a charming Princess, her manner being winsome and her acting, singing, and dances particularly pleasing. Mr John F. Sheridan played the Widow Twankey admirably, his excellent make-up gifts as a comedian contributed largely to the success he achieved. Mr. Sheridan will certainly make himself a great favourite in Camberwell…’
(The Era, London, Saturday, 2 January 1897, p. 11c/d)


Lily Lena’s song, ‘Have You Got Another Girl at Home Like Mary?’ 1908

January 11, 2013

Lily Lena (b. 1877), English music hall comedienne

Lily Lena’s song ‘Have You Got Another Girl at Home Like Mary?’
by Alf. J. Lawrence and Fred Godfrey, published by Francis, Day & Hunter, New York, 1908,
song sheet cover design by Starmer
(photo: unknown, circa 1908)

Lily Lena at the Oakland Orpheum, week beginning Monday, 2 August 1909
‘Lily Lena Holds Vaudevillians In Thrall of Cockney Magnetism.
‘Miss Lily Lena supplies the largest portion of Orpheum “fix” this week. She is a newcomer on the circuit, an English concert hall singer of very perceptible accent and a bewildering supply of gowns, which she manages to don between specialties. She bubbles over with magnetism, which affects the audience, even to the farthermost regions in the gallery, and there are no sleepy ones while she holds the boards. Her songs are of the usual order indulged in by “artists” of this class, the opening one having this refrain, “Swing me just a little bit higher, do” [i.e. ‘Swing Me Higher, Obadiah’], and Lily has a very fetching way of conveying to her listeners the meaning between the lines. She has won her spurs on the “other side” [of the Atlantic], and if last night’s reception was any criterion, will have no difficulty in gaining popular favor here. Her recalls were many, and after responding with an encore, miss Lena finally made acknowledgement in a gracefully worded speech.’
(Betty Martin, Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California, Monday, 2 August 1909, p.2c)