Posts Tagged ‘See-See (‘Chinese’ comic opera)’


Lily Elsie as Humming Bird in See-See, Prince of Wales’s Theatre, London, 1906

June 18, 2014

Lily Elsie (1886-1962), English star of operetta and musical comedy, as she appeared as Humming Bird in the ‘Chinese’ comic opera, See-See, which was produced at the Prince of Wales’s Theatre, London, on 20 June 1906. Gabrielle Ray was also in the cast.
(photo: uncredited, probably Bassano, London, 1906)


Gabrielle Ray as the boy, So-Hie in See-See at the Prince of Wales’s Theatre, London, 1906

September 10, 2013

Gabrielle Ray (1883-1973), English musical comedy dancer and actress, as she appeared as the Chinese boy, So-Hie in See-See, the ‘Chinese’ comic opera produced at the Prince of Wales’s Theatre, London, on 20 June 1906.
(photo: Foulsham & Banfield, London, 1906)

See-See at the Prince of Wales’s, produced last night, 20 June 1906
‘… We move on to Checo’s garden – a very fine set. Enter Mr. W.H. Berry as Checo. He sings a poor song. A topical Song, ”British Slavery,” falls to Mr. Huntley Wright and wakes things up a bit. (Invincible musical comedy!) Follows a rather funny scene between Mr. Wright and Mr. Berry, and a not very funny duet. Then comes one of Miss Gabrielle Ray’s dainty little dances; oddly enough, it falls flat… . Miss Gabrielle Ray is attractive in a queer, impish, restless, gracelessly gracefuly way of her own. If she would cultivate a more gentle way of speaking; and refrain from taking the audience into her confidence with almost every line, she would be wholly delightful… .’ (Daily Mail, London, Thursday, 21 June 1906, p. 7e)


Huntley Wright

March 17, 2013

‘Mr. Huntley Wright as a Chinaman.
In See-See at the Prince of Wales’s he plays the part of Hang-Kee,
in love with Lee (Miss Adrienne Augarde). In order to win her love he has to adopt
many disguises, including that of a Tartar General.’
(photo: Ellis & Walery, London, 1906)


Adrienne Augarde

February 20, 2013

Adrienne Augarde (1882-1913),
English actress and singer
(photo: The Biograph Studio, London, circa 1905)

AUGARDE, Adrienne:
‘Actress, made her first appearance on the stage in the chorus of the J.W. Turner Opera Company, rising gradually on tour to prominent parts. She went to London the following year, joining George Edwardes’s The Duchess of Dantzic company, playing the leading ingénue rôle at its opening at the Lyric Theatre, London in 1903. Following this she created the title rôle in Lady Madcap at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1904. She came to New York, appearing in The Duchess of Dantzic with the original English company. She remained in the United States only two months and returned to London to assume the title part [sic] in The Little Michus, produced at Daly’s Theatre, 1905. She appeared in See -See for two months and a half, and then created the rôle of the Princess in The New Aladdin, produced at the Gaiety Theatre [29 September 1906].’
(Walter Browne and E. De Roy Koch, editors, Who’s Who on the Stage, B.W. Dodge & Co, New York, 1908, p.24)

Adrienne Augarde
Adrienne Augarde with one of George Graves’s Gazekas
at the time of her appearance as Blanche-Marie
in the first English production of André Messager’s The Little Michus,
Daly’s Theatre, London, 1905-1906
(photo: Bassano, London, 1905/1906)

‘Death of Adrienne Augarde.
‘One of the most gifted of musical comedy comediennes, Adrienne Augarde, died in Chicago last week following an operation for appendicitis. Miss Auguarde’s most recent successful performance in this country was in The Dollar Princess. An enthusiastic critic once said of Miss Augarde, “Give her two bits of ribbon, a frock as simple as a maid’s, a snatch of a song as simple as her frock, and she will outshine a regiment of stage beauties anywhere.” Miss Augarde made her debut on the London stage ten years ago. She made a tremendous hit singing Renee in The Duchess of Dantzic.
(The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., Sunday, 23 March 1913, Magazine Section, p.3a)

‘Ashes of Adrienne Augarde, English Actress, Mailed to Former Home.
‘Chicago, Mar. 22 [1913]. – A silver casket wrought from a “make-up” box will carry the ashes of Adrienne Augarde, the English actress, whose body was cremated here yesterday.
‘The casket, consigned to Mrs. Henrietta Augarde, the actess’ mother, was mailed today to England.’
(The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., Sunday, 23 March 1913, p.1e)


January 22, 2013

Gabrielle Ray (1883-1973), English actress and dancer, as So-Hie in the ‘Chinese’ comic opera, See-See, Prince of Wales’s Theatre, London, 20 June 1906.
(photo: Foulsham & Banfield, London, 1906)

The photograph as been altered by the Rotary Photographic Co Ltd of London, probably in 1908, for issue as postcard no. XS.352 in its Rotary Photographic Series.