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FOOTLIGHT NOTES
no. 356

updated
Saturday, 10 July 2004

Folies-Bergère, Paris, Saturday, 1 September 1906

Folies Bergère, programme cover, 1906

embossed card programme cover for the Folies Bergère, Paris,
Saturday, 1 September 1906

The programme for the Folies-Bergère, Paris, for Saturday, 1 September 1906 included a turn by the Videos, roller skaters (no. 4), a display of gymnastics by Les Soeurs Panataiscu (5), 'La Tête Parlante' (6), Cole de Losse, wirewalker (7), The 4 Magnani's 'Un Salon de Coiffure à New-York' (11), Vilbert with his repertoire (12), Spissel Brothers & Mack (13), and La Mamille Krémo, 'Jeux Icariens' (11). The main feature of the evening (9) was Le Timbre d'Or, a 'fantaisie ballet en 4 Tableux, Livret de MM. Henry de Gorsse et G. Nanteuil, Musique de M. Justin Clérice, Choréorgraphie de M. Sicard, Dances anglaises de M.J. Pome, Costumes de la Maison Landolff…' The cast of the ballet included Pomponette as Emmy, Mlle. Cinquegrani as 1st danseuse étoile Le Timbre d'Or, Lena Déo as Bobby, Mlle. Briant as Arabella, M. Ambrosano as Pipet, Mlle. Eeden as Le Capitaine bleu, Mlle. Musz as Le Capitaine rose, M. Cressonnier as Le roi Kiss Ki, Mlle. Sterly as Ministre des Finances, M. Nélis as Le Baigneur, and the Milano Girls. The numerous Corps de Ballet included Mlle. Musz's sister.

The Videos, skaters “Soeurs


left, The Videos, skaters; right, Les Soeurs Musz, dancers

(photos: left, unknown, circa 1910; right, Reutlinger, Paris, circa 1906)

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Gladys Cooper


Gladys Cooper as she appeared in Havana,
Gaiety Theatre, London, 1908

(photo: Bassano, London, 1908)

A sample of John Culme's hand made greetings cards,
currently available at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

The above greetings card and others like it have been made to celebrate Terence Pepper's current exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, devoted to Bassano's early 20th Century photographs of theatrical celebrities. Images of Gabrielle Ray and Gladys Cooper are featured in the exhibition as are some of their contemporaries on the London stage, including Gertie Millar, Moya Mannering, Gaby Deslys, Olive May and Gina Palerme. The exhibition runs until 31 August.

A special CD entitled Gaiety Girls has been produced to coincide with the exhibition, available at the National Portrait Gallery bookshop and also direct from Tony Barker. With masterly transfers by Dominic Combe from rare original recordings, and twelve pages of sleeve notes by Patrick O'Connor, the CD comprises the following tracks:
Alice Delysia - I Know What I Want (1933)
Jessie Matthews and Sonnie Hale - Hold My Hand (1932)
Cicely Courtneidge and Harold French - A tiny flat in Soho Square (1927)
Dorothy Brown and Roy Royston - When I Waltz With You (1926)
José Collins and Kingsley Lark - The Last Waltz (1922)
Mamie Watson and Roy Royston - Japanese Duet (1920)
Marjorie Gordon - Tickle Toe (1918)
Ada Reeve - Is It Nothing To You? (1915)
Moya Mannering and Leslie Henson - Meet Me Around The Corner (1915)
Haidee de Rance and George Grossmith Jnr - They Didn't Believe Me (1915)
Connie Ediss - I Like To Have A Little Bit On (1911)
Olive May - The Lass With A Lasso (1911)
Gaby Deslys - Tout En Rose (1910)
Denise Orme and Arthur Grover - Swing Song (1906)
Delia Mason and Maurice Farkoa - My Portuguese Princess (1905)
Evie Greene - Try Again, Johnny (1902)
Ellaline Terriss - Gaiety Medley (1903).
The disc also includes the following unique recordings of broadcasts from the 1930s: Gertie Millar - Keep Off The Grass; Phyllis Dare and W. H. Berry - Let Me Introduce You To My Father; Ethel Levey - Ragtime Medley; and Evelyn Laye - The Call Of Life.

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