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images of theatre and other popular entertainment

no. 677

Saturday, 4 September 2010

remembering Patrick O'Connor (1949-2010)

Lily Landon

a cabinet photograph of Lily Landon (fl. 1880s/1890s),
English music hall serio-comic and pantomime principal girl

(photo: Sarony, New York, probably early 1890s)

The Parthenon music hall, Greenwich, South London, week ending Saturday, 18 March 1899
'The last but one in the list of performers for the evening was that fascinating burlesque artiste Miss Lily Landon, whose histrionic and vocal qualifications and personal charms alike combined to render her one of the greatest favourites of the night. Not the least pleasing feature of this young lady's special style are the educated clearness of diction with which she enunciates the English language and the apparently unconscious humour and innocence of manner with which she heightens the effect of points in her son, that in less delicate hands might e perilous. Her fetching interpretations of ''What a bit of luck'' literally brought down the house.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 18 March 1899, p. 18c)

Lily Landon

Lily Landon

(photo: unknown, ? Hana, London, circa 1897)

This real photograph cigarette card, published about 1900 by Ogden's of Liverpool for its Guinea Gold Cigarettes, features a portrait of the English music hall serio-comic and pantomime principal girl, Lily Landon.

Hungerford music hall, London
'A little lady called Lily Landon did much to dispel our aversion to the appearance of precocious children upon the stage; there is real talent in this youthful personage, and her clear and unstrained articulation might with advantage be emulated by many maturer aspirants upon the boards. There should be a successful future in store for Lily Landon.'
(The Entr'acte, London, Saturday, 6 June 1885, p.11a)

Oxford music hall, London
'The younger members of the serio-comic sisterhood find fascinating representatives in Miss Queenie Lawrence, who has happened on a very good song, "The Duchess of Leicester-square;" in Miss Lily Landon, who looks pretty in an old gold costume; in Miss Marion Keates, a promising recruit who is piquant in an "answer" song; and in Miss Ray Maskell, a capital dancer.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 21 July 1894, p.14a)

Lily Landon

Lily Landon as Polly in the pantomime Robinson Crusoe,
Theatre Royal, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Christmas 1894.

(photo: Hana, London, 1894)

At Christmas 1898 Lily Landon appeared in the title role of the pantomime Cinderella at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow. Other members of the cast included Evie Greene, Mark Sheridan, Nellie Christie, George Spry and Harry Lupino.

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Cambridge Theatre of Varieties

Cambridge Theatre of Varieties, Bishopsgate, East London,
for the week beginning Monday, 2 October 1899.

(The Era, London, Saturday, 30 September 1894, p.16e)

Theatre Royal, Edinburgh
'Dick Whittington has achieved an immediate artistic and financial success, and it is admitted on all sides here that this beautifully illustrated edition of the always-popular pantomime story is the most expensively mounted and best acted pantomime that Howard and Wyndham have yet given us. Scenery and dresses are provided in lavish profusion and magnificence, and the company is strong and well equipped for the enjoyment of holiday audiences. The theatre has been packed in every corner nightly all week, and the morning [matinée] representations have drawn equally large houses. As Idle Jack Mr Mark Sheridan is the very epitome of fun, his droll humour and peculiarly amusing style causing peals of merriment all through the evening. Mr W.E. Richardson, who proves as effective in pantomime as in comedy and drama, gives able support as the Cook, a judicious and clever performances that will please the most exacting. Mr Harry Cole invests the rôle of Fitzwarren with many diverting features, and Messrs Drew and Alders, whose grotesque antics provoke shouts of laughter, are decidedly happy in all they say or do. Miss Cissy Fitzgerald is successful in no ordinary degree as Dick, and is a welcome recruit to the rather limited ranks of first-class pantomime boys; while a great deal of admiration is centred in Miss Lily Landon, who plays Alice so prettily, and sings so delightfully. Miss Nellie Christie is immensely amusing as Queen Susantusan, and Miss Violet Englefield's violin solo remains a conspicuous feature of the performance.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 30 December 1899, p.8a)

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