Press Clippings for the week ending
Saturday, 24 October 2009

A random selection of clippings
from newspapers and magazines

Lily Harold in Snowflakes,
a song-scena, London Pavilion, January 1907

Lily Harold

Lily Harold (fl. late circa 1880s-1910), English Gaiety Girl and music hall singer

(photo: unknown, circa 1895)

'The London Pavilion, which remains entirely unaffected by the [Music Hall] strike, is now presenting Miss Lily Harold in a striking song-scena entitled Snowflakes, which has been specially arranged and produced by Mr. Newman Maurice. New and elaborate scenery is employed, and Miss Harold is assisted by a chorus of twenty-four ladies.'
(The Encore, London, Thursday, 31 January 1907, p.8b)

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The Palace Girls home from Paris,
London, August 1907

The Palace Girls

A group of The Palace Girls, Palace Theatre, London

(photo: Campbell Gray, London, circa 1907)

'Palace Theatre. - The Palace Girls, after five months' absence in Paris, have returned home with a new (English) répertoire and new (French) dresses, and appear about 10 o'clock in the evening. They are as merry as ever, and not one of them looks a day older. They dance and sing, they play dulcimers fastened on each others' backs, they wear the most beautiful new clothes, and every one was glad to welcome back the busy and clever little band.'
(The Times, London, Wednesday, 14 August 1907, p.9d)

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Kitty Colyer at the Tivoli,
London, May 1911

Kitty Colyer

Kitty Colyer (fl. early 20th Century),
English music hall dancer and pantomime actress

(photo: unknown, circa 1911)

The Tivoli
'Miss Kitty Colyer's sensational dancing reaches its climax in some very energetic handsprings, and her lissomness and activity are quite irresistible in her rendering of "By the light of the silvery moon."
(The Era, London, Saturday, 6 May 1911, p.23c)

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Jack Norworth's revue, Looking Around,
Garrick Theatre, London, 6 November 1915,
with Jack Norworth, Robb Wilton, Mlle. Polaire,
Laura Guerite, Beth Tate, Marie Mitchell and others

Beth Tate

Beth Tate (b. 1890), American popular singer

(photo: Talma & Co, Melbourne, circa 1913)

'London Theatres all seem to be falling into line with the revue style of entertainment. The latest is the Garrick, where one of these happy-go-lucky "shows" is divided into two "acts," which are subdivided into nine scenes, though at the Garrick, very widely, scenic magnificence is not insisted upon. It is fun and irresponsible incidents that count. Also there is no "story" to be emphasised after the opening picture, which shows a court of law, in which Father Time is the judge and Youth is counsel for the defence. Everybody wants to put back the years and be young again, and this desirable end is arrived at when they all arrive at a "beauty parlour." The chief aim of Looking Around, however, is to amuse people, and for the most part this commendable mission is accomplished. When there are bright tunes, both old and new, and a constant movement of people and things on the stage, it really matters very little to those members of the audience who, not being in search of a classic, find a mélange of nonsense instead of a set story.
'Some very clever people are engaged in Looking Around. The lion's share of the entertainment undoubtedly falls, however, upon the very capable shoulders of Mr. Jack Norworth and Miss Laura Guerite. Mr. Norworth is an American comedian who has endeared himself to English audiences by his ingratiatingly quiet and confidential manner, and by the insinuating charm of his methods. His song, "Private Michael Cassidy, V.C.," is a gem of topical wit. It, fortunately, has numberless verses and a genuinely inspiriting chorus, which makes additionally sure of its popularity. This is only one, however, of the many good things Mr. Norwood gives to hiss admirers at the Garrick. Miss Laura Guerite, who also hails from "the other side," is new to London. She is an accomplished artiste, and sings, dances, and acts with immense spirit and effect. She is specially good in a little scene with Mr. Norworth called "This is the Life." They play a couple of unsuccessful "cross-talk" comedians with a real sense of humour and a touch of humanity that raises the duologue into something better than a more burlesque.
'Miss Beth Tate, with her demure air and her sly glances, is also excellent as Miss Tango, while Miss Marie Mitchell is pretty in the characters of Miss London. The exotic qualities of Mlle. Polaire's bizarre art are not given a very good chance in Looking Around, but as Miss French Revue she is allotted a dance after the style which she has made famous, and a really pretty duet with Mr. Norworth, called "A Plain Ordinary Girl." Very entertaining is Mr. Robb Wilton, a comedian whose style seems to be modelled upon that of Mr. George Robey. Looking Around may be taken as a very fair specimen of the class of entertainment it represents. Everybody works hard, and there is a chorus of pretty girls and many extraordinary gowns.'
(The Lady, London, Thursday, 18 November 1915, p.694b)

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Pamela, Palace Theatre, London,
10 December 1917,
with Lily Elsie, G.P. Huntley, Owen Nares and others

Lily Elsie

Lily Elsie (1886–1962), English actress and singer,
in Pamela, Palace Theatre, London, 10 December 1917

(photo: Rita Martin, London, 1917)

'I cannot remember having seen so many people connected with the stage present at the first night of a new play as were at the Palace Theatre the other evening for the first performance of Pamela. Authors, managers, actors, and actresses were everywhere. Actresses, it is true, outnumbered the actors by three to one, and the familiar voices could be heard very often when, owing to the crowd, their fair owners were not to be seen. This, of course, only occurred when we were leaving the theatre. From 8 to 11.30 was a long time to remain silent, and there was some ground to be made up.
'There was much to talk about. The night had been an eventful one, and its great features were many. Lily Elsie sang never so gloriously. "Cupid, Cupid" is the best song Fred Norton has written. Her silver and blue Turkish costume for that wonderful waltz, too, will be the envy of every woman. The waltz was a tour de force. An astute friend of mine says that that third-act scene should have been the interior of the salle de jeu. The crowded gambling-room would have been a more effective background for the waltz, and the quarrel and reconciliation that followed, than the exterior of a little casino.
'I have never seen G.P. Huntley happier. He was at his best. Arthur Wimperis had written him a good part, and he certainly was very, very funny. Owen Nares was very much in earnest, very sincere, of course, but I am not certain that his part in a musical play required such serious treatment as he gave it. Mary O'Farrell, Spencer Trevor, Arthur Chesney, George Tawde, and particularly Clifford Cobbe, were excellent, but the others I did not care about. Lily Elsie looked like a princess, and when it's like that - well, there you are!'
(The Weekly Dispatch, London, Sunday, 16 December 1917, p.5f)

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