Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 22 August 2009

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Arthur Bourchier and his
Brother Officers company
give a flying matinee at Bristol,
Monday, 5 February 1906

Arthur Bourchier

Arthur Bourchier (1863-1927), English actor manager,
as John Hinds, V.C., in Leo Trevor's military comedy,
Brother Officers, Garrick Theatre, London, 22 January 1906

(photo: Alfred Ellis & Walery, London, 1906)

'A striking illustration of the Great Western Railway train services is afforded by the visit to the Prince's Theatre, Bristol, of Mr. Bourchier's Brother Officers company for a matinée performance on Monday afternoon last. The company travelled to Bristol in the morning by the 9 a.m. Train from Paddington, and returned to town by the express which leaves Bristol at 4.45 p.m., running to Paddington without a stop, and performing the journey of 117 miles in 125 minutes. Conveyances were in readiness at each end to take the company to and from the theatres, the whole of the arrangements being most successfully organised.'
(The Sporting Times, London, Saturday, 10 February 1906, p. 4e)

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Vesta Tilley at the Palace Theatre,
London, week beginning
Monday, 21 January 1907

Vesta Tilley

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

(photo: unknown, probably England, late summer 1903)

'Miss Vesta Tilley will present a scene, simple in ''tone'' and ''human'' in sentiment, entitled ''King Baby,'' in which a strong difference between husband and wife is settled by the unconscious aid of the name character of the song. In this case, Miss Tilley will for the nonce discard the character she had already made herself famous, male impersonations, and will wear ordinary feminine attire.'
(The Sporting Times, London, Saturday, 19 January 1907, p. 10c)

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Percy Honri and Company in
Brighton Hippodrome,
week beginning Monday, 20 February 1911

Perci Honri

Perci Honri (1874-1953),
English music hall and revue musical entertainer

(photo: Hana, London, circa 1918)

Hippodrome, Brighton
'Perci Honri, so long known to patrons of the halls as a brilliant performer on the concertina, is at the Hippodrome this week with his ''colossal combine,'' presenting a new edition of his musical scenic phantasy, Condordia. Concordia is something quite out of the ordinary, most of the acting taking place during a dream, wherein the principal character (Mr. Honri) is transported from a cosy drawing-room into all kinds of strange places, ranging from a London street to a demon's cave, and led to assume all kinds of curious forms. In fact, the whole thing is full of surprises, but it is full of life and music and mirth as well, and the costumes, grouped so effectively for the finale, are gorgeous. One of the smartest features is the ''Moon Song,'' in which Mr. Honri is supported by a chorus, instrumentalists and the cinematrograph, and it should be added that some of the scenic effects are very ingenious, as when a shop that has been raided by burglars suddenly turns into the cave of demons referred to above. Concordia should most certainly not be missed.'
(Brighton & Hove Society, Brighton, Sussex, Thursday, 23 February 1911, p. 4097b)

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