Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 27 December 2008

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Vesta Victoria and Florrie Forde
at the London Pavilion,
Piccadilly Circus, London, August 1897

Vesta Victoria

Vesta Victoria (1873-1951),
English music hall star

(photo: unknown, circa 1897)

'A favourite comedienne who brightens the earlier portion of the long programme is Miss Vesta Victoria, who has an amusing song that relates the adventures of a coster and his donah [slang for Madonna, i.e. girlfriend], who take a box at the Lyceum. As the vegetable vendor wears a ''stook'' [pocket handkerchief knotted at the corners, as a makeshift hat] and insists upon taking his bulldog it is no wonder that the pair are offered their money back at the pay-box. Another impersonation of Miss Victoria is that of an under-nurse engaged to jödel to an infant - a capital item capitally delivered. Miss Florrie Forde, from Australia, has a well-written song concerning a chappie who in the days of his golden youth was a m-u-g, but learning wisdom in the bitter school of experience becomes ''fly'' [i.e. knowing, street-wise]. Whether his moral or intellectual status is improved by this drastic reform does not appear. Miss Forde has a fascinating appearance, good enunciation, and a finished style.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 21 August 1897, p. 16a)

Florrie Forde

Florrie Forde (1876-1940),
Australian-born British music hall singer
and pantomime principal boy

(photo: unknown, circa 1897)

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Millie Hylton, Horace Mills,
Lydia Flopp, Coralie Blythe et al
on UK tour of
The Circus Girl, August 1897

Millie Hylton


a cabinet photograph of Millie Hylton (1870-1920),
English actress and singer

(photo: James Bacon & Sons, 81 Northumberland Street,
Newcastle-on-Tyne, circa 1900)

'Considerable excitement was caused at the Portsmouth Town Station on Sunday last by the discovery that the chief baggage van of the special train conveying Mr George Edwardes's Circus Girl company had caught fire through an over-heated axle. Expensive costumes were hurriedly thrown out on to the platform, and the principal properties were saved. The ladies were very much upset, and Miss Millie Hylton and [her sister] Miss Lydia Flopp both fainted. Messrs Page, Horace Mills, and Charles Stevens were conspicuous in their activity in saving the property of the company.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 14 August 1897, p. 10b)

The Circus Girl touring company at the Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, week beginning Monday, 9 August 1897
'. . . Of the ladies Miss Millie Hylton invested the part of Mrs Drivelli [created by Connie Ediss when The Circus Girl was first produced at the Gaiety Theatre, London, on 5 December 1896]with clever low comedy, speaking with a true cockney twang, though scarcely looked plump enough for the part, but always charming and refreshing, her song ''Oh, what a wet, wet day,'' and ''The proper way to treat a lady'' being vociferously redemanded. Miss Lydia Flopp as Dora Wemyss [created by Ellaline Terriss] was naïvely natural, and acted and sang delightfully, her ''Little bit of string'' being a great favourite. . . . Miss Coralie Blythe delighted everyone with her friend conception of the part of Lucille [a circus slack wire walker, created by Katie Seymour].'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 14 August 1897, p. 11d)

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Maidie Scott on tour in England
during the latter part of 1904 in
The Girl from Japan

Madie Scott


Madie Scott (1887?-1966),
English music hall comedienne

(photo: unknown, circa 1912)

'The Girl from Japan, a musical comedy [by Wilfred Carr, with music by Colet Dare] with which I was heartily delighted at the Theatre Royal, Dewsbury, visits the Grand, Derby, this week. Under the able management of Mr. Fredk. E. Philpott, this play continues on tour until Dec. 5th [1904], re-opening in the Spring . . . Miss Maidie Scott, delightfully dainty and demure, as Maud, in The Girl from Japan, holds the hearts of all the male members of the audience in willing thralldom while she treads the boards. She has no less than nine changes of costume during the evening, and looks enchanting in them all, especially in the kimona [sic] and other apparel a la mode Japonaise. Her songs ''Ting-a-ling'' to the melody of ''Hiawatha'' (which she suggested herself), the earhaunting ''Anona,'' and the Dutch sabot song and dance (quaint and pretty to a degree) are rendered with vocal skill and sweetness which make an audience turbulent for encores. What is more, as a sand dancer, Miss Maidie Scott, who is 22, with a ripe and wide versatility acquired in drama, pantomime, music-hall business, etc., is par excellence. There is nothing thread-bare, archaic or hackneyed in her sand dancing, but marked originality, graceful and artistic movements proclaim her as an artiste of high attainments. Miss Scott is engaged to play a principal part in Milton Ray's panto., booked for Dewsbury Royal, after Xmas.'
(Percy L. Day, 'Whispers From the Wings,' The Magnet, Leeds, England, Saturday, 24 September 1904, p. 5d)

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