Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 29 August 2009

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Amy Sheridan's fine figure
'unsparingly exhibited' at the
Alhambra, Leicester Square, May 1873

Amy Sheridan


a cabinet photograph of Amy Sheridan (1838-1878),
English burlesque actress

(photo: Sarony, New York, probably 1872)

'The Black Crook continues to hold undisputed possession of the boards of the Alhambra . . . Miss Amy Sheridan is also here, and may boast of many admirers, who cannot, however, have been secured by any histrionic merit on the part of the actress . Of dramatic ability she is utterly devoid - her voice is disagreeable, and her vocal attainments are as conspicuous by their absence as the unquestionably fine development of her figure is unsparingly exhibited to the pubic gaze.'
(The Sporting Times, London, Saturday, 10 May 1873, p. 149c)

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Patti Rosa at the Jodrell Theatre,
London, January 1889

Patti Rosa


Patti Rosa (fl. 1880s/1890s),
American actress, dancer and singer,
'The Talented Little Soubrette'

(photo: Anderson, New York, late 1880s)

'Patti Rosa, after much preliminary puffing, and accompanied by a newspaper called the Patti Rosa Illustrated News, of which copies were given away on the first night, has made her appearance at the hitherto unlucky Jodrell. Bob, the hotchpotch she appears in, is not a remarkable work of dramatic art; but it is a filling vehicle for the eccentricities, peculiarities, and whimsicalities of the fair and plump Patti, who sings, dances, coquettes, and banjoes her way into the good graces of a few easily-pleased Americans. In her line of business she is, however, what is called ''clever.'''
(The Man of the World, London, Saturday, 12 January 1889, p. 10b)

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Russell Wallett appears as an
extra turn at the London Coliseum,
February 1908

Russell Wallett

Russell Wallett (1867-1912)
English actor, music hall entertainer and female impersonator

(photo: unknown, UK, circa 1906)

'Mr. Russell Wallett appeared on Monday afternoon as an extra turn at the Coliseum. Dressed as a lady, he played the piano and sang. For his sudden lapse into masculinity few were prepared, and he scored a distinct success, especially in his advice to the girls.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 4 April 1908, p. 19a)

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