Posts Tagged ‘Lizzie Caswall Smith (photographer)’


Arthur Bourchier as he appeared in W.S. Gilbert’s The Fairy’s Dilemma, Garrick Theatre, London, 1904.

March 13, 2014

Arthur Bourchier (1863-1927), English actor manager, as he appeared in W.S. Gilbert’s ‘domestic pantomime,’ The Fairy’s Dilemma (Garrick Theatre, London, 3 May 1904), in which the Fairy Rosebud (played by Jessie Bateman) turned Bourchier’s character, Colonel Sir Trevor Mauleverer, into a pantomime clown.
(photo: Lizzie Caswall Smith, London, 1904)


Reginald Davis in The House of Templerley, 1909

August 15, 2013

cabinet photograph of Reginald Davis (1885-1951), English actor, as Gloster Dick in Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘melodrama of the ring,’ The House of Templerley, produced at the Adelphi Theatre, London, on 27 December 1909
(photo: Lizzie Caswall Smith, London, 1910)

Arthur F. Thorne, the recipient of this autographed photograph, played Tom Spring, a pugilist, in this production.

Reginald Graham Davis was born in Richmond, Surrey, in 1885, the elder son of Graham James Davis (1859-1939), a solicitor, and his first wife, May. He began his acting career about 1905, the year in which he appeared as the Merchant in a production of The Comedy of Errors at the Adelphi Theatre (4 July 1905). His screen career began in 1913 with his appearance in several films, in one of which he reprised the role of Gloster Dick in The House of Templerley. Davis saw active duty in the Tank Corps during the First World War and in 1918 was awarded the Military Cross for ‘conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty’ (Supplement to The London Gazette, 18 July 1918, p. 8457). After the war Davis returned in 1920 to his career as a film actor, at which time he changed his professional name to Rex Davis. His last film appearance was in 1927 and he died at East Wittering, Sussex, on 1 December 1951.


A Chinese Honeymoon, 2nd Anniversary Souvenir, 5 October 1903

January 22, 2013

cover of A Chinese Honeymoon souvenir,
distributed at the Strand Theatre, London, 5 October 1903
(from original artwork by ‘Kin’,
published for the Strand Theatre by The Stage Souvenir Co, London,
printed by David Allen & Sons Ltd, London and Belfast, 1903)

This attractive souvenir of the long-running musical comedy by George Dance, with music by Howard Talbot, which began its career at the Theatre Royal, Hanley, on 16 October 1899, contains photographs of and text by the leading personalities of the piece (including Picton Roxborough) on the occasion of its second anniversary at the Strand Theatre, London, where it had opened on 5 October 1901. A Chinese Honeymoon eventually closed there after 1,075 performances on 23 May 1904.

George Dance

George Dance (1858-1932), English dramatist and theatrical manager
(photo: Lizzie Caswall Smith, London, 1903

May honestly claim to be the most successful of all musical comedies. Originally produced by Mr. George Dance’s Company on October 16th, 1899, at the Theatre Royal, Hanley, it at once leaped into pubic favour. Two companies were sent immediately on the road, and it was while paying a visit to the Theatre Royal, Darlington, the following year that Mr. Frank Curzon first saw it. He determined to bring it to London, and he produced it eventually at this theatre on October 5th, 1901. Since that date it has been played here without a break, and this evening it registers its second anniversary.
In addition to the Strand production, A Chinese Honeymoon is being represented to-night by five different companies in the British provinces, under the direction of Mr. George Dance.
Messrs. Shubert ‘presented’ it at the Casino Theatre, New York, on June 2nd, 1901, where it met with an enthusiastic reception, and 500 consecutive performances were given – hereby establishing a record for musical plays in New York. It is now being played by four ‘road’ companies in the United States and Canada, under the management of the Messrs. Shubert.
It was produced by Mr. George Musgrove at the Princess’s Theatre, Melbourne, on June 30th, 1902, with equal success; and ran into 165 performances – a record for the Antipodes. Mr. Musgrove’s Company is now touring it in Australia and New Zealand [and Tasmania].
One February 14th, 1901, Mr. George Walton produced it at the Theatre Royal, Capetown, with its customary success (a success that was continued throughout South Africa) and a second tour is now being organized to open in Capetown in a few months’ time.
A German version was given at the Central Theater, Hamburg, by Mr. C.M. Roehr on February 12th, 1903, whtn the universal verdict was repeated. It is now included in the répertoire of the principal theatres throughout Germany, Austria and Hungary.
Mr. Maurice E. Bandmann is at the present time taking it on a third tour through the English-speaking cities situated round the Mediterranean.
Arrangements are already conducted for its presentation to the Parisian public. And it would seen that with this last invasion it had no other worlds left to conquer; but this is not so, for a series of unauthorized performances were given last year in China itself.
R. Byron Webber, Business Manager. Strand Theatre, Oct. 5th, 1903.