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no. 590

Saturday, 3 January 2009

images of theatre and other popular entertainment

Angelina Claude

a carte de visite photograph of Angelina Claude (fl. late 1860s/1870s),
actress and singer, in an unidentified role

(photo: The London Stereoscopic & Photographic Co Ltd, London, circa 1875)

Froggee Would A-wooing Go; or, The Pretty Princess and the Fairy of the Dancing Water, Prince's Theatre, Manchester, Christmas, 1869
'After a three weeks' run, it may be regarded as understood that the pantomime, from first to last, reveals no apparent flaw. It is now, therefore, at its best, and in this form it will doubtless be visited by tens of thousands in this teeming district, many of whom, from a variety of causes, only catch a glimpse of the interior of a theatre at this season of the year and on this particular occasion. The acting is marked by much smoothness; and though Mr. Brough has been more subdued than usual with his puns, and even in the more material matter of humour, it is none the less true that the performance is enjoyable throughout. Mr. Wainwright, as ''King Roley,'' exhibits a decided advance over any of his previous impersonations. This is all the more creditable, as there is really very little put down for him. To speak of kingly attributes in a frog would be absurd, and yet there is a certain dignity about King Roley in his most adverse fortunes which makes one almost regret that fate proves so unkind. This feeling, however, is quickly dissipated on reflecting that his frogship stands in the way, and very much in the way, too, of Prince Agib, who, in the person of Miss Lilly Harris, must of necessity bear away the palm against all comers. The only puzzle is that the Prince does not succumb to the charms of Nameune. Miss Baldwin, as the peri, has simply to look resplendent, and of course she acquits herself with perfect success. Miss Angelina Claude, as the Princess Zu-zu, affords food to the ''gods'' for inextinguishable laughter. She is as pert as the sauciest chambermaid in the most piquant of comediettas, and if these are qualities we don't expect in a princess, particularly in a fairy story, Miss Claude can't help that. Miss Fanny Brough deserves recognition for her ladylike - or perhaps we ought to say, gentleman-like, though this, we think, would not do - demeanour as Prince Selim. Her singing, too, displays a cultivated taste, although it is unfortunately lacking in power. Miss Nielson makes a magnificent Prince Hassan, so that, altogether, the Princess, out of the story, would have found herself rather embarrassed with choice. Mr. Leitch is as eccentric as ever, as ''Queen Schezatarta,'' with this proviso, that the part can hardly be over-loaded with eccentricity, so that it is, without its own limits, a real success. The rest of the characters call for no special comment; and with respect to one or two other features of the pantomime, we may take the opportunity of noticing them on another occasion.'
(The Manchester Times, Manchester, Saturday, 15 January 1870, p. 4d). For 'The Dove Song,' written specially for inclusion in Froggee Would A-wooing Go, see the Gilbert and Sullivan Archive.

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'AT the Garrick Theatre and at the Avenue two examples are to be found of inherited aptitude for the stage. At the Garrick a servant's part is played by Miss Toby Claude, daughter of Miss Angelina Claude, who was such a favourite in the Strand burlesques, and at the Avenue the rôle of Lieutenant Nisbet is in the hands of Mr E.H. Brooke, son of the late Mr E.H. Brooke, so well remembered at the Lyceum, in Queen Mary; at the Olympic, in The Worship of Bacchus; and in Rescued, at the Adelphi.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 20 February 1897, p. 14e)

'MISS TOBY CLAUDE, who is now playing Fifi, in The Belle of New York, at the Shaftesbury Theatre - in the place of Miss Phyllis Rankin, who has had to return to America - is the daughter of Miss Angelina Claude, long since happily married, retired from the stage and settled in Ireland, who at one time was a favourite actress at the Strand Theatre with Mr Edward Terry, Mr Harry Cox, and others.' (The Era, London, Saturday, 1 April 1899, p. 12a)

'It is pleasant to be able to record the great success at the Casino, New York, of Miss Toby Claude, daughter of an old Strand Theatre favourite, Angelina Claude, in the part of Fifi, in The Belle of New York. Miss Claude, who became Mrs Carleton a few months ago, has not been on the stage long, and therefore her success is all the more gratifying.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 3 March 1900, p. 12a)

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