Posts Tagged ‘Lupino Lane’


Phyllis Dare in Edgar Wallace’s The Yellow Mask, London, 1928

October 6, 2014

Phyllis Dare (1890-1975), English star of musical comedy, as she appeared in EdgarWallace‘s musical comedy drama, The Yellow Mask, which was first seen at the Theatre Royal, Birmingham, 5 November 1927 before opening at the Carlton Theatre, London, on 8 February 1928. The production was subsequently transferred to His Majesty’s Theatre, London, 26 March 1928 and then to the London Palladium, 25 June 1928. Other leading members of the cast were Bobby Howes, Malcom Keen and Winnie Collins.
(photo: Stage Photo Co, London, 1928)

‘The ”leading lady” in The Yellow Mask is Miss Phyllis Dare and of its type her dancing is a joy to watch. Her movements are so controlled and graceful and there is such a wealth of meaning in the play of her hands and arms. I do not know at all where Miss Dare had her original dancing lessons, but I am confident that at some time or other she must have been well grounded in the simple technique of the ballet.’
(The Dancing Times, London, August 1928, pp. 487 and 488)

In 1930 The Yellow Mask was adapted for the cinema, starring Lupino Lane and Dorothy Seacombe, with Winnie Collins in her original part of Molly.


Elsie Prince as Cupid in Brighter London, London Hippodrome, 1923

February 7, 2014

Elsie Prince (1902-1988), English actress and singer, as she appeared in the role of Cupid in the revue, Brighter London, produced at the London Hippodrome, 23 March 1923. The cast was headed by Lupino Lane, Billy Merson and Annie Croft. Brighter London ran for 603 performances, closing on 15 March 1924.
(photo: Claude Harris, London, 1923)


Elsie Prince

February 26, 2013

Elsie Prince (1902-1988),
English actress and singer
featured on the cover of the Sunday Herald Pantomime Annual, 1920-21,
when she appeared in the title role of the pantomime
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, produced at the London Hippodrome, 21 December 1920
Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, a pantomime written by Lauri Wyle and F. Maxwell-Stewart, with lyrics by Clifford Harris, ‘Valentine’ and Donovan Parsons, and music composed, selected and arranged by James W. Tate, with music under the direction of Julian Jones, was produced at the London Hippodrome for the Christmas season of 1920. The leading parts were played by Lupino Lane (Pekoe), Nellie Wallace (The Widow Twankey), Elsie Prince (Aladdin), and Phyllis Dare (Princess Badr-al-budur). Miss Dare’s part was played at matinees by Gertrude Lawrence. Special features of the pantomime included The Curtain of Diamonds in Scene 6 (‘The Garden of Jewels’), composed of 100,000 glass lustres and six miles of wire; the ‘Squelch’ wringing machine in Scene 7 (‘Widow Twankey’s Laundry’), invented by David Devant; the Picture-Blocks in Scene 10 (‘Courtyard of Aladdin’s Magical Palace’), designed by H.M. Bateman; and Lupino Lane’s old-fashioned Star-Trap Act in Scene 12 (‘The Great Wall of Pekin’), in which he performed 74 traps in six minutes.

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp closed after 184 performances on 10 April 1921.

Elsie Prince
an autographed photograph of Elsie Prince
(photo: unknown, probably Australia, late 1920s)

‘English Actress Arrives.
‘Miss Elsie Prince, the vivacious young English artist, who became immediately popular in Melbourne by her performance in the leading role of No, No, Nanette, arrived in Sydney yesterday, and in this way forms the advance guard of the company in its Sydney season, which is to begin next month in brilliant circumstances, since No, No, Nanette has been chosen for the opening of the new St. James’s Theatre. This musical comedy, in its Melbourne run, emulated its London success, for crowded houses were the rule, Miss Prince, in the role of Nanette, had a material share in the prestige thus won for the piece in Australia. The new artist gained prominence early in her stage career, as she was only 17 when she was engaged five years ago as principal boy in the Wylie-Tate production of Aladdin at the London Hippodrome, in a cast which also included Miss Phyllis Dare as principal girl. Miss Prince has had considerable experience in important engagements in pantomime and other pieces in the English provinces; and returned to London recently to the Hippodrome for another of its successes. Brighter London [produced, 23 March 1923], in which she was playing a leading part when engaged by Mr. Hugh Ward for her present tour of Australia. Miss Prince, who from her experience of Australia, has grown to love this country, is eagerly looking forward to her meeting with Sydney audiences. Misses Kitty and Edna Prince, her sisters, are on the stage, and are now fulfilling engagements at the Princess Theatre, Glasgow, in the pantomime, Hankey Panky.’
(The Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday, 17 February 1926, p. 6c)