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FOOTLIGHT NOTES
no. 430

updated
Saturday, 10 December 2005

Alice Pollard, Mamie Bickwell, Frank Greene et al
in Wheeler's London Gaiety Company's production of
The Belle of New York,
His Majesty's Theatre, Johannesburg, April 1907

Alice Pollard

Alice Pollard

(photo: Frederick Bustin, Bristol, England, circa 1909)

Johannesburg, 10 April 1907 'Appearing at His Majesty's Theatre is Wheeler's London Gaiety company in the popular musical comedy, The Belle of New York. Though this is the third time companies have played it in Johannesburg it still meets with huge success. The work of the players received favorable comment in the local press, the piece being excellently played and characterized by careful attention to the smallest details. The title-role was taken by Alice Pollard, who sang sweetly. The part, however, did not suit her as well as those allotted to her in the other comedies. The chief honor among the ladies fell to Mamie Brickwell as a dainty Fifi. Lottie Sargent as Mamie Clancy had a role after her own heart. Mabel Medrow as Cora Angelique was everything one could wish, Frank Greene as Harry Bronson acted exceedingly well, but Bert D'Arcy as Karl von Pumpernick, a lunatic, was not up to his usual form as a laughter-. The play is sure to draw big houses during the week.'
(The New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, Saturday, 11 May 1907, p.9a)

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