Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 19 July 2008

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Harry Tate introduces Fishing
to New York, October 1906

Harry Tate

Harry Tate (1872-1940)
Scottish born British music hall comedian
as he appeared for his sketch, 'Motoring'

(photo: unknown, circa 1908)

'Harry Tate Brings it from England and Succeeds at the Victoria.
'Harry Tate, the English comedian, appeared for the first time in America yesterday at Hammerstein's Victoria in a satirical skit entitled Fishing.
'The stage was arranged to represent the bank of a small stream, and Mr. Tate, an old man, boarded a tricky punt and proceeded to fish. He stole a fish from the line of the man in the next boat and had a hot argument with his neighbour. His responses to the question of ''Any luck?'' asked by the other fisherman never failed to win laughter.
'Other members of Mr. Tate's company were Thomas Tweedlang, Harry Kennedy, Charles Clemmons, Arthur Wilmot and John Wells.'
(The New York Times, New York, Tuesday, 9 October 1906, p.7b)

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Julia Sanderson in Washington,
January 1913

Julia Sanderson

Julia Sanderson (1887-1975), American actress and vocalist
at about the time of her appearance in the musical comedy
The Hon'ble Phil, Hicks Theatre, London, October to December 1908.
G.P. Huntley, Herbert Clayton, Horace Mills, Denise Orme,
Eva Kelly and Elsie Spain were the other principals.

(photo: The Dover Street Studios, London, 1908/09)

'Two English Musical Plays At Rival Theaters This Week.
'Two of George Edwardes' London musical comedy successes will be the leading novelties of the week at the theaters, both The Quaker Girl and The Sunshine Girl being seen in Washington for the first time, the former after noteworthy engagements in London, New York, and Boston, and the latter coming to the Capital for its American debut after a continuous run of more than a year in the English metropolis, where it is till on view nightly at the Gaiety.
'Washington will be particularly interested in the premiere of The Sunshine Girl at the Columbia tomorrow night, for upon this occasion a new Charles Frohman star will be evolved from the will be evolved from the nebulosity of chorus girl, soubrette, and leading lady. The honor is to be bestowed upon the talented and piquant Miss Julia Sanderson, who has been a Washington musical comedy favorite since the days of the ill-fated Dairymaids, whose cast she deserted during an engagement five years ago in the theater where she is now to become start.
'Miss Sanderson's career is not marked by many of those hardships which are usually related as warnings to the stage-struck girl. Her father, Albert Sackett, is an actor, and through his influence she secured an engagement with the Forepaugh stock company in her home city, Philadelphia. Here she divided her time between playing maid and pursuing her grammar school studies, for she made her debut in the theatre when she was 15.
'As a member of the chorus with Paula Edwardes' company in Winsome Winnie. Miss Sanderson entered the musical comedy field. She had an opportunity to play the title role when Miss Edwardes retired from the cast on account of illness. The understudy was at that time advertised as the youngest prima donna in the world.
'But the sudden elevation did not result in any permanent advancement for Miss Sanderson. She went back to the ranks in A Chinese Honeymoon and in Fantana, but was given a hit when De Wolf Hopper revived Wang, after which she joined The Tourists.
'Miss Sanderson has appeared in London in two successes, first with G.P. Huntley in The Honorable Phil and later with Ellaline Terriss in The Dashing Little Duke. 'While not so recognized in the size of billboard and program type, Miss Sanderson has been a star in popular appreciation for two years, her graceful dancing, harm of manner, and small, but dulcet voice having won generous approbation in both The Arcadians and The Siren.
'Mr. Frohman has engaged a capable musical comedy cast to support his new satellite. Joseph Cawthorn has for several seasons been a comedy mainstay for Elsie Janis, and Alan Mudie will be recalled as the agile dancer in The Arcadians.'
(The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., Sunday, 26 January 1913, Magazine Section, p.2a)

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