Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 28 June 2008

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

The Circus Girl on tour, 1897,
the company arrives in Bristol, 28 August,
with Horace Mills, G.P. Huntley,
Millie Hylton, Lydia Flopp, Kate Talby, et al


Millie Hylton (1868-1920),
English actress and singer

(photo: Alfred Ellis & Walery, London, circa 1900)

'The Circus Girl has arrived. Three-quarters of an hour after the advertised time the special train which carried the fair damsel and her entourage steamed into the Great Western station, yesterday afternoon, and was greeted with quite an ovation from the large number of people who had assembled to welcome the various popular actresses and actors that make up the excellent company which Mr. George Edwardes has collected. Mr. Charles E. Stevens, Mr. Horace Mills, genial Mr. G.P. Huntley, Messrs. Shirley and Stewart were cordially received; but it was when the ladies' part of the train was reached that the principal welcome was extended. Miss Millie Hylton and her sister, Miss Lydia Flopp, were quite pleased with the attention paid them, while Miss Kate Talby, who is an old Bristol favourite (she has been here with the D'Oyly Carte Companies), was recognised, and met with quite an ovation. Altogether the arrival was a stirring affair, and one which show the keen interest that has been aroused in Bristol over the advent of The Circus Girl.'
(The Bristol Times and Mirror, Bristol, England, Sunday, 29 August 1897, p. 5g)

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Claire Heliot and her lions
at the Chicago Auditorium, March 1906

Claire Heliot


Claire Heliot (1866-1953), German lion tamer

(photo: unknown, circa 1900)

'The Hippodrome, or A Yankee Circus on Mars, which is now filling a five weeks' engagement at the Auditorium, Chicago, is said to eclipse anything and everything in its kind of a theatrical entertainment that has been seen in that city. ''Sweep into one pile all extravaganzas that have gone before and add a score of great circus features,'' says a writer and you have the Hippodrome. Two features are said to stand out above all else. One is the work of Claire Heliot, who spends a quarter of an hour or more drilling ten lions through an act that has never been excelled. The stage is set with a huge circular cage and into this cage are released ten great lions, and what Claire Heliot does with them is unsurpassed in wonder. The other great act is the final ballet when 144 young women engage in ''The Dance of the Hours,'' adapted from La Gacionda [sic]. The changing colors and beautiful dancing are both wonderful and beautiful.'
(The Fort Wayne Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Saturday, 3 March 1906, p.10e)

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