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FOOTLIGHT NOTES
no. 527

updated
Saturday, 20 October 2007

FOOTLIGHT NOTES
images of theatre and other popular entertainment
1850s-1920s

La Fille Du Tambour Major

programme cover for H.B. Farnie's English adaptation of Jacques Offenbach's
'Grand Spectacular Comic Opera,' La Fille Du Tambour Major,
at the Royal Connaught Theatre, Holborn, London, programme dated 11 February 1881.

(printed by Letts, Son & Co Ltd, London, artwork by the French caricaturist, Pilotell)

La Fille Du Tambour Major was first produced at the Folies-Dramatiques in Paris on 13 December 1879, when the leading female role of Stella (the Drum-Major's daughter) was played by Juliette Simon-Girard. London audiences first saw the piece in H.B. Farnie's adaptation at the Alhambra Theatre, Leicester Square, on 19 April 1880, with Constance Loseby as Stella. Shortly afterwards La Fille Du Tambour Major was produced under the management of Charles Morton at the Royal Connaught Theatre, Holborn (previously known as the Holborn Amphitheatre, 1874-1879, and subsequently as the Alcazar Theatre, 1882-1883). On this occasion the part of Stella was played by Amy Grundy.

Amy Grundy

a carte de visite photograph of
Amy Grundy as Alice Fitzwarren in an 1880s production of the pantomime,
Dick Whittington at the New Theatre Royal, Bristol

(photo: Harvey Barton, Bristol, circa 1885)

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