Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 14 February 2009

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Lillian Price as Elsa in
London and New York, 1888-1890

Lillian Price

a cabinet photograph of Lillian Price (fl. 1880s/1890s), English actress and dancer,
who, with Florence Levey, Eva Greville and Maud Wilmot were the original performers
of Meyer Lutz's 'Pas de quatre' in the burlesque Faust-up-to-Date,
which was first produced at the Gaiety Theatre, London, on 30 October 1888.
Miss Greville was replaced by Edith Rayner when the production opened
at the Broadway Theatre, New York, on 11 December 1889.

(photo: W. & D. Downey, London, 1888)

'The London Gaiety Company will begin its engagement at the Broadway Theatre, under the management of Henry E. Abbey, next Tuesday evening, presenting Faust Up to Date. The theatre will be closed on Monday night to allow of a full dress rehearsal. The sale of seats for the first week only will begin to-morrow morning. The company includes Miss Grace Pedley, Miss Ada [i.e. Addie] Conyers, Katie Barri [i.e. Barry], Miss Maria Jones, Miss Lillian Price, Miss Florence Levey, Fanny Knight, Edith Rayner, and Messrs. E.J. Lonnen, Charles Danby, E.H. Haslem, E. Vascotti, and a chorus of 100 voices.'
(The New York Times, New York, 4 December 1889, p. 8b)

'They are going mad over the accordion skirt dancers in Faust up to Date, playing in New York. This is how one of the New York papers jokes over them:
'''Johnnie: 'I bought a basket of roses to-day for one of the Gaiety dancers, and they cost me a pretty penny, I can tell you.'
'''Charlie: 'What was the price?'
'''Johnnie: Lillian, of course!'''
(Licensed Victuallers’ Mirror, London, Friday, 24 January 1890, p. 7a)

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May Yohé's
superstitions, London, 1897

May Yohé

May Yohé (1869-1938), American singer and dancer

(photo: Alfred Ellis, London, 1893/94, negative no.14827-8)

'It is not unusual to come across a superstitious footlight favourite. Miss May Yohé particularly appears to be much troubled in that way. She invariably has a black cat in the green room with her, because on the night of her debut a black cat ran across her path, and she declares that when she takes part in a play that is going to be a failure her cat either forsakes her or dies. There is also a yellow dress of a particularly pretty shade of which she is passionately fond, and it has always brought her luck when worn in a new piece.'
(The Success, London, Saturday, 18 December 1897, p. 505b)

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Ida René at the
Palace Theatre,
London, September 1901

Ida René

Ida René (fl.1893-1915), English actress and singer

(photo: William Whiteley Ltd, London, 1901)

'It is surprising that having such a really pretty girl who has grace of figure, and an infinity of brains, and a sweet voice - qualities so seldom found together - the writers of lyrics and the composers of music do not conspire together to find better songs for such a great artiste as Miss Ida René. Yvette Guilbert in France, and Marie Lloyd in England, can find a succession of good songs; why cannot Miss Ida René? Perhaps, however, there is no very great necessity, for this dainty little lady in lace apron and zouave over pink satin and a mass of pink chiffon flounces for skirt and train, made so pretty a picture, and so won her audience by her delicate comedy touches that she satisfied everyone for the moment, and left only her greatest admirers desiring anything more in the future.'
(The Music Hall and Theatre Review, London, Friday, 6 September 1901, p. 171b)

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