Posts Tagged ‘Sybil Arundale’


Sybil Arundale at the Oxford music hall, London, 1893

November 4, 2013

Sybil Arundale (1879-1965), English actress, as she appeared as a child on the music hall stage with her sister, Grace, billed as the Sisters Arundale.
(photo: The London Stereoscopic & Photographic Co Ltd, London, probably 1893)

The Oxford music hall, London, week beginning Monday, 30 October 1893
‘Mr C.R. Brighten seems very fortunate in his débutantes. Only the other week Miss Cissy Loftus took the London lovers of variety by storm; and now we have to chronicle the sudden leap into the good graces of the public made by the Sisters Arundale. The youngest [sic] of them – Sybil – already shows wonderful agility and grace as a dancer and remarkable aplomb as an actress. We have, in fact, not seen so gifted a child since Ida Heath first astonished audiences in her series of transformation dances. Sybil is a pretty little fairy of about ten summers, with a refinement of manner that argues much care in her bringing up. She looks like one of the children that Millais loves to paint. She has a wealthy of brown curly hair, and when she runs on to the stage her naturalness and charm take all hearts captive. But while speaking of Sybil we should not forget the elder sister Grace, now in the pride of her girlhood, whose sweet and well-cultivated voice is of great value in the duets ”Etiquette” and ”The Golden Mean,” both items reaching a higher artistic standard that is usually the case. Little Sybil, we are told, is a pupil of Signor Ceccehetti, of the Empire [Leicester Square], and the value of his training is shown in a Hungarian dance executed by her as a solo. The audiences at the Oxford give the heartiest possible encouragement to the sisters, and their enthusiasm is certainly justified.’
(The Era, London, Saturday, 4 November 1893, p. 16a)


The Four Amaranths, acrobatic dancers

January 18, 2013

the Four Amaranths
(Mary, Tina, Jennie and Hannah, fl. early 20th Century),
acrobatic dancers (photo: unknown, circa 1915)

This hand tinted real photograph postcard, photographer and publisher uncredited, dates from about 1910. For reference to the Four Amaranths’ appearances in New York between 1915 and 1920, see the Internet Broadway Database.

‘A quartette of graceful lady acrobatic dancers. Some act.’
(The Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, Wisconsin, 23 February 1915, p. 6f, advertisement)

Keith’s, Philadelphia, PA, week beginning 23 April 1917
‘… The pretty dancing turn of Hooper and Marbury got something more than usual in the opening position. Both are good dancers, and pretty stage setting and costuming help get the act over in good shape. A dancing act of another kind – that of the Four Amaranths, who mix acrobatics with their stopping, closed the vaudeville bill, and the girls did very well without showing anything new.’
(Variety, New York, Friday, 27 April 1917, pp. 48D/49a)

The Amaranths troupe was originally composed of three sisters, known as the Three Amaranths (otherwise the Sisters Amaranth). They appeared in the musical play, The Cingalee; or, Sunny Ceylon, which was produced at Daly’s Theatre, London, on 5 March 1904. Their Perahara Dances were intended to enrich the exotic setting of the piece. ‘One of the most striking features in The Cingalee is the devil dancing by the Sisters Amaranth, who were greatly applauded by the Queen [Alexandra] on the first night.’ Other members of the cast included Hayden Coffin, Rutland Barrington, Fred Kaye, Huntley Wright, Sybil Arundale, Gracie Leigh, Carrie Moore and Isabel Jay, together with the dancers Loku Banda, Willie Warde and Topsy Sinden.