Postcard of the week ending
Saturday, 11 November 2008

Dorothy Frostick (fl.1901-1919),
English actress, dancer and singer

Dorothy Frostick

Dorothy Frostick

(photo: unknown, probably UK, circa 1916)

This real photograph postcard of Dorothy Frostick, photographer and publisher unknown, was probably printed in 1916 or 1917.

Dorothy Frostick made her debut at an early age as Will-o’-the-Wisp in Seymour Hicks and Ellaline Terriss’s successful musical dream play, Bluebell in Fairyland, which opened at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, on 18 December 1901. At Christmas 1903 and 1905 she was again with Mr and Mrs Hicks, first as Mlle. Pas Bas in The Cherry Girl, a musical play produced at the Vaudeville on 21 December 1903, and again as Will-o’-the-Wisp in the revival of Bluebell at the Aldwych, London, on 23 December 1905. Her movements during the next six years are at present unknown.
On 3 October 1912 Dorothy Frostick appeared with ‘The Quaints’ (presumably a concert party or pierrot group), with Robert Maclachlan, Alfred Leslie, Ernest Butcher, R. Brighten Salisbury, George Buchanan and Agnes Croxton proceeding the comedy Dormats at Wyndham’s, London, starring Gerald du Maurier and Nina Boucicault. Miss Frostick remained with ‘The Quaints,’ appearing in Pierrotland as a curtain-raiser to the farce The Chaperon at the Strand Theatre, London, on 26 April 1913. ‘The Quaints,’ including Dorothy Frostick, were back at Wyndham’s during the run of the comedy The Clever Ones (23 April 1914), starring Gerald du Maurier and Marie Löhr.
Dorothy Frostick was next seen at the London Opera House in Hot and Cold, a revue for two people by Fred Karno, in which she appeared opposite A.W. Baskcomb. The piece, which opened on 1 May 1916, ran for twelve performances. Her last recorded appearance in London was at the Ambassadors in 1919. This was in a doomed piece described as a ‘musical dancing show’ called The Latest Craze which survived for only twenty-five performances in spite of the fact that the cast included the veteran comedian Arthur Roberts (1852-1933).

Dorothy Frostick

Dorothy Frostick as a child

(photo: unknown, London, circa 1902)

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