Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 13 June 2009

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

a little disruption in producing
The Little Cherub,
Princes of Wales's Theatre, London, 1906

Gabrielle Ray / 'Cupid's Rifle Range'

Gabrielle Ray (1883-1973), English musical comedy actress
as she appeared with her little assistants for 'Cupid's Riflerange' in
The Little Cherub, Prince of Wales's, London, 13 January 1906

(photo: Foulsham & Banfield, London, 1906)

'The Little Cherub, the new musical play by Owen Hall and Ivan Caryll, with lyrics by Adrian Ross, will descend to this terrestrial sphere at the Price of Wales's Theatre this evening at eight precisely. Mr. George Edwardes announces that the little difficulty which occasioned the postponement last week has been satisfactorily overcome, the necessary licences for a bevy of small children to play the parts of ''cupids'' having been obtained. It was explained at the Marlborough-street police-court on Monday when the application was made, that the ''cupids'' required only the space of three minutes to do their work on the stage [to accompany Gabrielle Ray in her song, 'Cupid's Riflerange'], and the police having no objection to the little gods disporting themselves in the limelight Mr. Denman granted the licenses.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 13 January 1906, p. 16c)

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Vesta Tilley at the
Colonial Theatre, New York,
April 1909

Vesta Tilley

Vesta Tilley (1864-1952), English music hall male
impersonator and pantomime principal boy

(photo: Draycott Galleries, London, circa 1905)

'The second week of Vesta Tilley's appearance at the Colonial was marked by capacity houses at every performance, scores being forced to stand up. Her repertoire included a new song entitled ''The Seaside Smile,'' which proved to be as delightfully entertaining as her other selections have been. The dainty impersonator of male characters during this rendition were a natty brown suit, with a single breasted coat cut in the very latest fashion, a white finely striped waistcoat, a green scarf, green hose and dark low cut shoes and a black fedora hat. The song was along similar lines to some of her others, and contained many very humorous lines, which gave her ample opportunity to display her abilities at facial expression, walks and gestures. It is to be regretted that Miss Tilley is to leave New York shortly, and it is equally fortunate that she is to return again prior to her departure for England.'
(The New York Dramatic Mirror, New York, Saturday, 24 April 1909, p. 10c)

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