Posts Tagged ‘The Earl and the Girl (musical comedy)’

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Henry A. Lytton and the Cosy Corner Girls from The Earl and the Girl, London, 1904/05

May 20, 2014

Henry A. Lytton (1865-1936), English actor and singer, with the ‘Cozy Corner Girls’ (left to right, Gertrude Thornton, Clare Rickards and Hilda Hammerton) in the musical comedy, The Earl and the Girl which was first produced at the Adelphi Theatre, London, on 10 December 1903 before being transferred to the Lyric Theatre, London, on 12 September 1904.
(photo: unknown, probably Bassano or Ellis & Walery, London, 1904; postcard published by the Rapid Photo Co, London, 1904)

‘My Cosy Corner Girl,’ composed by John W. Bratton, with lyrics by Charles Noel Douglas, was imported from the United States for inclusion in The Earl and the Girl, when it was sung by Henry A. Lytton and Agnes Fraser. They also sang it at the Charles Morton Testimonial Matinee at the Palace Theatre, London, on 8 November 1904.

The Earl and the Girl, the most successful of all the musical comedies in which I appeared and the one which gave me my biggest real comedy part, ran for one year at the Adelphi, and then for a further year at the Lyric. When it was withdrawn I secured the permission of the management to use “My Cosy Corner,” the most tuneful of all its musical numbers, as a scena on the music-halls, and with my corps of Cosy Corner Girls it was a decided success.’
(Henry A. Lytton, The Secrets of a Savoyard, London, 1921, p. 86; Lytton’s ‘My Cosy Corner’ scena ran at the Palace Theatre, London, from April to June 1905)

‘My Cosey Corner Girl’ sung by Harry Macdonough, recorded by Edison, USA, 1903, cylinder 8522
(courtesy of Tim Gracyk via YouTube)

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William Stephens and Dot Carey on tour in the United Kingdom with William Greet’s The Earl and the Girl Company, 1904-1905

May 2, 2014

William Stephens (active 1890s-1940s), English actor and comedian, as Jim Cheese and Dot Carey (active early 20th Century), English actress, as Liza Shoddam in William Greet’s The Earl and the Girl company on tour in the UK from 1904 to 1906. During 1906 and throughout 1907 Miss Carey was replaced by Jennie Richards.
(halftone postcard, photographer and printer unknown, United Kingdom, probably 1904)

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Hilda Dugdale, English musical comedy actress and dancer

February 13, 2014

Hilda Dugdale (active early 20th Century), English musical comedy actress and dancer, about the time she was appearing during 1906 on tour in the United Kingdom with William Greet‘s company in the musical comedy, The Earl and the Girl. She appeared as Elphin Hay, a part originally played by Agnes Fraser when the piece was first produced at the Adelphi Theatre, London, on 10 December 1903.
(photo: unknown, UK, circa 1906)