Posts Tagged ‘Loie Fuller’

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Pauline Chase as The Little Japanese Girl

June 14, 2014

Pauline Chase (1885-1962), American actress, as she appeared in the title role of the 1 Act play, The Little Japanese Girl, adapted from the Japanese by Loie Fuller and first produced at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London, on 26 August 1907.
(photo: Bassano, London, 1907).

Other members of the cast were Edward Sass as the Prince and Jane May as the Princess. The piece ran for 49 performances. Pauline Chase appeared again in The Little Japanese Girl at the London Coliseum in the summer of 1911.

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‘PAULINE CHASE AS A STAR.
‘She Makes a Great Success in London in a Play by Loie Fuller.
‘Special Cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES.
LONDON. Aug. 26 [1907]. – Miss Pauline Chase made a brilliant success this evening in Loie Fuller’s one-act play, ”The Little Japanese Girl,” produced at the Duke of York’s Theatre under the management of Charles Frohman.
‘Among her most enthusiastic admirers were Oscar Lewisohn and his wife, (A HREF=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edna_May>Edna May,) who came to London from the country specially to witness the performance.’
(The New York Times, New York, 27 August 1907, p. 7)

‘Pauline Chase is now appearing in a one-act play by Loie Fuller, entitled ”The Little Japanese Girl.” Miss Chase has become so closely identified with the English stage that the British public has come to regard her as its own.’
(The Washington Times, Third Section, Woman’s Magazine, Washington DC, 8 September 1907, p. 8d)

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London, week beginning Monday, 24 July 1911
‘At the Coliseum this week Miss Pauline Chase will appear with three others in Miss Loie Fuller’s one-act play A Little Japanese Girl, with music by Mr. John Crook.’
(The Times, London, Monday, 24 July 1911, p. 10d)

London, 2 August 1911 ‘Pauline Chase came an awful cropper at the Coliseum, where she is appearing in a Japanese play previously done in pantomime by Hanako. It is called ”A Little Japanese Girl,” and it deals with the vanity of a little laundress who put on a Princess’s kimono and rouged her face. She was mistaken for the princess and killed by an outraged princely lover. When the curtain descended on the act at the opening afternoon, there was none insistent ”hand” and Pauline took a bow where she needn’t have troubled. It seems as though ”Peter Pan” will have to be revived.’ (Variety, New York, Saturday, 12 August 1911, p. 15b)

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L. Bullock and Maisie Ellinger as Lord and Lady Shoeford in Augustus Moore’s company on tour in the United Kingdom in La Toledad during 1903/04

December 8, 2013

L. Bullock and Maisie Ellinger as Lord and Lady Shoeford in Augustus Moore’s company on tour in the United Kingdom in the comic opera La Toledad during 1903/04.
(photo: unknown, United Kingdom, 1903/04; coloured halftone postcard published H.M. & Co., London, 1903/04)

The English version by Augustus Moore of Felicien Carré and Edmond Audran‘s La Toledad was first produced at the Theatre Royal, Windsor on Saturday, 11 April 1903. The title role was played by Georgina Delmar and other members of the cast included Emily Soldene as La Maracona, Alec Marsh, Charles Collette, Roland Cunningham, and A.S. Barber and Mary Collette as Lord and Lady Shoeford.

A condensed version of La Toledad was presented on the variety stage at the Palace Theatre, London, for a four week season beginning Monday, 19 October 1903 in which Georgina Delmar played the title role. Other members of the cast were Kitty Marion (who replaced Emily Soldene), Ernest Freshwater, Maisie Ellinger and L. Bullock. The bill for the first week or two also included Loie Fuller ‘in her series of delightfully artistic and mysterious dances,’ Daisy Jerome and others.

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Adelaide Early’s butterfly dance, New York, 1890s

October 30, 2013

Adelaide Early (active 1890s), American vaudeville dancer, whose costume in this photograph was clearly inspired by one of Loie Fuller‘s butterfly dances. (cabinet photo: Schloss, 467 and 470 Fifth Avenue, New York, 1890s)

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Zena Dare as Peter Pan, her favourite role, Manchester, 1906

December 26, 2012

Zena Dare (1887-1975), English actress, in the title role of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, Prince’s Theatre, Manchester, Christmas, 1906

(photo: Bassano, London, 1906)

This real photograph postcard, no.2323 in Davidson Brothers’ Real Photographic Series, was published in London in late 1906. It shows Zena Dare in her favourite part, the title role of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan as produced by Charles Frohman at the Prince’s Theatre, Manchester, at Christmas 1906. At the end of the run the piece went on a tour of the United Kingdom until May 1907. Running concurrently at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London, during the Christmas season of 1906 was another Frohman production of Peter Pan, with Pauline Chase heading the cast. Immediately afterwards Miss Dare toured in The Catch of the Season before returning to London to appear in The Gay Gordons (Aldwych, 12 September 1907). Miss Chase’s next engagement was in the title role of Loie Fuller’s The Little Japanese Girl (Duke of York’s, London, 26 August 1907).