Posts Tagged ‘The Babes in the Wood; or Harlequin robin Hood and His Foresters Good and the Brave Little Soldiers of Lilliput (pantomime)’


Lizzie Marshall

February 28, 2013

a carte de visite photograph of
Lizzie Marshall (fl. 1850s-1870s), English actress and singer
(photo: The London Stereoscopic & Photographic Co Ltd, London, circa 1870)

‘LEICESTER. Theatre Royal. – The Lessee, Mr John Windley, has never produced so good a Pantomime here as the present one of The Babes in the Wood; or Harlequin robin Hood and His Foresters Good and the Brave Little Soldiers of Lilliput. He has done well in entrusting the authorship to Mr Charles Horsman, who has written it smartly and intelligibly. For the burlesque portion of it, Miss Lizzie Marshall (from the Philharmonic Theatre, London), is specially engaged, and, as Norval Smith, is perhaps the most saucy, pretty, well-dressed ruffian of the age. She is seconded by Mr A. Thomas as Brown, No. 2 Ruffian. It is the best part we have seen him in. The pretty babes are richly burlesqued by Mr. Harry Windley and Mrs Charles Horsman, the latter the post prodigious baby extant. Mr Windley has some good songs, and introduces with effect several local matters into one of them. Miss Louisa Payne looks extremely nice as Robin Hood. Miss E. Windley is King of Lilliput, and songs, acts, and dances very creditably. She has, moreover, under her charge forty diminutive children, dressed as an army, and their surprising precision in marching, under Mdlle. Fanchette, their solo [sic] instructress, is decidedly the feature of the Pantomime. Mr Jackman was a cruet looking Uncle. Mr. G. Raffal, Mr. W.H. Whatton, and Miss K. Thomas represent the Governess, Black Diamond, and Little John. Mr Laffar has again distinguished himself as scenic artist; his efforts in the Ballet and Transformation scenes were worthily recognised. Mr C. Bigwood (Britannia Theatre, London) is Harlequin; Messrs Laffar and Raffal, Clown and Pantaloon; and Mdlles. Fanchette, Columbine and Harlequina. Mr. W.H. Whatton is the Policeman, and takes the customary cuffs with the air of a martyr. Mr T. Green has charge of the elaborate mechanical arrangements, Mr Selvidge the lime-light effects, Mr W.H. Nicholson is responsible for the overture, and Mr T. Weston for the incidental music.’
(The Era, London, Sunday, 31 December 1871, p. 10c)

‘MISS LIZZIE MARSHALL (late of Philharmonic Theatre) thanks Managers for offers of Engagements, and begs to say she is Specially Engaged by F. Strange, Esq., ROYAL SURREY GARDENS, to sustain the part of MERCURY in Orphee aux Enfers.’
(The Era, London, Sunday, 30 March 1873, p. 1a)

‘MR. E. MARSHALL (ROYAL PHILHARMONIC THEATRE, every Evening), the original Gendarme, Genevieve, 450 Nights; Sam Crisp, Cabinet Secret, 126 Nights; Dr O’Toole, Irish Tutor, 100 Nights; Wormwood, Lottery Ticket, 150 Nights. Miss LIZZIE MARSHALL, as MERCURY, ROYAL SURREY GARDENS, every Evening. At Liberty shortly, London or America.
‘Agents, Messrs English and Blackmore.’
(The Era, London, Sunday, 1 June 1873, p. 1d)