BL 24 November 2008
'THIRTEENTH WEEK AT NEW MUSIC HALL, ABERDARE.
'FRED. and LIZZIE LAWSON, Comic Vocalists and Character Duettists, have made a triumphant success at the above Hall. Open at THORNTON'S MUSIC HALL, LEEDS, Monday, December 28th; Open at the Argyle Music Hall, Huddersfield, February 15th, 1864. Disengaged January 25th, for Three Weeks only. Address, Thornton's Music Hall, Leeds.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 27 December 1863, p. 1b)
'FRED. and LIZZIE LAWSON, Comic Vocalists and Character Duettists, are at present fulfilling a most comfortable engagement at the ARGYLE MUSIC HALL, HUDDERSFIELD, where their Entertainment is nightly received with great marks of approval. Open at the GODIVA, COVENTRY, March; SCOTIA, GLASGOW, 30th May. Disengaged 11th April for One Month.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 21 February 1864, p. 1a)
'MISS LIZZIE LAWSON, the favourite Serio-Comic Vocalist, concludes a successful Engagement at the Shakespeare Concert Hall, Belfast, to-day. Third and Fourt call nightly. Opens at PRINCE OF WALES CONCERT HALL, WOLVERHAMPSTON, Monday, 25th July; Paul's Concert Hall, Leicester, 1st August; Alhambra, Sandgate, 3d October; Barnard's Chatham, 31st October; London Museum Concert Hall, Birmingham, 28th November; Victory, Aldershott, 28th December. For vacant dates apply to FRED. LAWSON, Manager, Prince of Wales Concert Hall, Wolverhampton, or Mr MAYNARD, 6, York-road, Lambeth, London. Authors will find a purchaser for any good now suitable Comic Songs.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 24 July 1864, p. 1c)
'WOLVERHAMPTON. - PRINCE OF WALES CONCERT HALL. - Crowded Houses, Star Companies. On Monday, 26th September, the Miss Brougham and Mr. C. Bernard (Operatic), Messrs. Dempsey and McGuinness (Duettists); Mr and Mrs Stoner with their Panorama, Miss Lizzie Lawson (Serio-Comic), Miss Kate O'Connor (Character Comic), and Mr J.W. Stephenson (Comic). Talent of the highest order may apply for future dates. No stamp. Three days' silence a negative. Address, FRED LAWSON, Manager.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 25 September 1864, p. 1d)
'WORCESTER. - THE WORCESTER CONCERT HALL. - Proprietor, Messrs HILL and BROOKS.) - Crowded nightly by the elite. The acknowledged place of amusement in the City. One Monday a new Fairy Spectacle, by Mr Fred Lawson, with Gorgeous Transformation Scene, by Mr Storey, supported by Misses Celia and Lizzie Lawson. Miss Jane Cantor, Mr Alex Tremain, and numerous trained children. Messrs Townsend and Coulsone (Negro), Mr and Mrs Watson (Duettists), Mr Frank Egerton (Comique), Miss Rose Buckingham (Serio-Comic), General Tom Dot, Major Mite and Madame Pleon (Comic). TALENT required for future dates.
'Manager, Mr FRED LAWSON.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 20 February 1870, p. 15b)
pantomime, Robinson Crusoe, Drury Lane, with Fannie Leslie in the title role. Coralie de Vere in a small part.
(The Era, London, Saturday, 18 February 1882, p. 6d)
'THE GAIETY PALACE
'The attractions at the Gaiety this week are varied and numerous, and Mr. Albert Bushell is to be congratulated on securing such a glazy of talent. Marrion and Veddar, a couple of American speciality artistes, top the bill, and give a smart show which is greatly appreciated. The Bicycle Polo Team give a novel and exciting performance, and their dexterity is really marvellous, considering the spece they have to operate within. Douglas and Douglas are smart Risley performers, and are nightly applauded, while Vosper, with his facial mimicry, is a much improved artiste, and his representations are very clever. Lily Benson is charming top boot dancer, who meets with a big reception. Kitty Fairdale is a clever and attractive serio, and Little Elsie [i.e. Lily Elsie], the juvenile ballad singer, meets with great success. Friscari is a well-known juggler, and his feats are clver, and in many instances original.
'Next week, ''The Grand May Day Ballet,'' from London.'
('Before the Footlights,' The Birmingham Pictorial and Dart, Birmingham, England, Friday, 22 December 1899, p. 13)
The Winchester music hall, London
'. . . Dancing by Miss Esther Austin and company eveidently constitutes one of the chief attractions here at the present time. Graceful evolutions are performed by the members of the corps altogether, and several of them come on singly and execute dances of superior sort. Two of the damsels are clever and elegant skipping rope dancers. Miss Austin is the most accomplished member of the party. She executed an elaborate stand dance, which was much admired. It is almost impossible to describe all her doings. Her agility and elasticity are astounding. There is humour, also, in her manner as well as grace and surprising skill in her exploits. The party appeared twice in the course of the evening, and on both occasions the charming appearance and talented performances of the members of it, and more particularly the unique achievements of Miss Austin, elicited very heary manifestations of admiration and delight. . . .'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 26 May 1878, p. 4a)
'MR AUGUSTUS HARRIS has presented Miss Addie Gray, who is re-engaged for the forthcoming drama and pantomime at Drury-lane, with a handsome silver collar for her dog Flo, in recoginition of its services in Youth. This was the subject of a managerial jest. When Miss Gray went to rehearsal the other day, Mr George went up to pat the dog. ''Take care,'' said the manager. ''Why, she's not dangerous, is she?'' ''I don't know about 'dangerous,' but she's got the choler - eh?'' was the reply.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 28 July 1883, p. 8a). Addie Gray married A.M. Moore of the Princess's Theatre early in 1885.
'St. James's. - Le Pe\re de la Debutante, known to most playgoers under the title of The First Night through Mr. Wigan's excellent acting, has been representated by the French Dramatic troupe at this little Theatre, with evident gratification to the frequenters. The Gaspard of M. Geoffroy is exceedingly good, and full of that quiet natural humour with which we have been accusomted to see the part invested by its English representative. The anxious and ambitious novice is very prettily played by Mdlle. A. The/rie, and Mdlle. Marchal gives a spirited delineation of the capticious prima donna, Anita. The other personages in the Play are carefully and eficiently represented, and the applause that accompanied the progress of the piece, and crowned its termination, unequivocally attested the favourable impression it had produced. The other pieces have continued to be well selected from the latest repertoire of the Parisian stage.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 9 June 1861, p. 10c)
The Britannia Theatre, Hoxton, week of Monday, 3 August 1891, George R. Sims and Henry Pettitt's five act drama, The Harbour Lights
'In order to cat the full flavour of a ''Britannia audience'' it is necessary to be present at a Bank Holiday performance like that of last Monday, when every hole and corner of the great house is filled to the utmost, and when every individual appears to have come to the theatre with the intenetion of enjoying - and applauding - to the very best of his or her capacity. Every pulse of an audience of this sort beats responsive to such a drama as Harbour Lights. Many times during Monday evening the progress of the drama had to be arrested to allow the house to work off its superfluous enthusiasm in hearty cheers. When that admirable represenative of David Kinglsely, Mr Algernon Syms, rush into the hall in the second act, and hit Mr W.H. Varna, who played Frank Morland in keen, incisive style, a terrific blow in the face, the pent-up excitement found vent in loud huzzas; and when that excellent actress, Miss Oliph Webb, in the exercise of her duty as Lina Nelson, threatened to commit suicide with a revolver, women uttered little screams of terror which showed how real the situation was to them. in playing to a house of this sort, actors and actresses are spurred to the highest pitch of intensity; and we have never seen the members of Mrs Lane's company acquit themselves with more energy and power than on Bank Holiday. That charming and capable artist, Miss Beatirce Toy, enacted Dora Vane with sympathetic intelligent; Mr W. Copley did good work as Nicholas Morland; and Mr Gardiner was, of course, quite safe as Tom Dissiter; that responsible actress, Miss Margaret Thorne, being engaged to sustain the part of Mrs Helstone. Mr W. Steadman made a most picturesque and internse Mark Helstone, Miss M. Gfiffiths well impersonated Mrs Chudleigh, and a word of praise is well deserved by Miss E. Lewis as Peggy. The scenery, including the mechanical change to the cliffs in the last act, was most effective, and the uproarious applause with which the principals were summoned in each interval proved their thorough eompetency to interpret Harbour Lights, and Mrs Lane's wisom in selecting Messrs Sims and Pettitt's popular play as her holiday attraction.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 8 August 1891, p. 7c)
'CRYSTAL PALACE. - Whit-Monday is always a great day at the People's Palace at Sydenham, and the sight of thirty-six thousand holiday makers out in the fresh ari enjoying a truly intellectual treat, and behaving with scupulous propriety, was one to gladden the eye of the philospher and soften the heart of a cynic. Mr. Nelson Lee's catering for the multitude gave the greatest satisfaction, and the performances of the famous French Clowns, the Elliott Family; Mackney, the inexhaustible; Arthur Barnes, the Capion sauteur; and Silvani, the ''flying man,'' successivly obtained enthusiastic applause. Mr. Coxwell made an ascent from the grounds in his Mammoth balloon, and a display of the upper series of fountains crowned the afternoon's attraction. The band of the Palace, under the able leadership of Mr. Manns, and the clever performandes of Mr. Coward on the organ, filled the atmospher of the building all day long with those ''sounds and sweet airs that give delight but hurt not.''
(The Era, London,Sunday, 31 May 1863, p. 11c)
The Middlesex music hall, London
'The excellent business which usually characterises this old and favoured Hall has not, we presume, necessitated a very extensive change in the company. Mr. Newman and Miss Mortimer have re-appeared, and the other duettists are Mr. and Mrs. Leggett. Miss Julia Weston is an addition attraction, as is also Signor Silvani, the silt vaulter. Mr. and Mrs. St. John, the refined Negro delineators, are still highly attractive; while Madame Pleon also still warbles forth her exquisite Swiss meolidies. Harry Clifton, with his new songs, and Mr. Critchfield, shere the comic business as heretofore; and Mr. A. Rennolf makes his admirable voice tell with effect. As this establisment would not look itself without Mr. Harry Fox, we must not omit him as Chairman, nor for his hearly rendering of his rustic songs.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 7 June 1863, p. 12d)
'Genuine Talent the Order of the Day.
'MISS ANNIE STANTON, Serio-Comic Characteristic Vocalist and Dancer, and Representative of Arthur Lloyd's and Vance's choicest Songs (in Male Character), and has several Copyright Songs. Also, FRED SILVANI, Italian Grotesque, Gymnast, Stilt Vaulter, Balancer, Juggler, and Burlesque Dancer, Trampolinist, &c. At Liberty Easter Monday, April 22d, 1867. Can engage together or separate. Agent, A. MAYNARD, 6, York-road, Lambeth; or F. Silvani, 32, Stangate, Westminster-road, London.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 7 April 1867, p. 1b)
'SILVANI, SILVANI, the Great SILVANI now creating an immense sensation at the ROYAL PAVILION SHEFFIELD. Double Trapeze, Leaps, &c. apply Mr R. Snowdon Wilberforce Agency Office, Bastle-street, Hull.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 18 December 1870, p. 15d)
'ROSHERVILLE GARDENS. - Admission 6d. - The Directors respectfully announce that, anxious to evince their apprecitation of the distinguished patronage these gardens have been honoured with this season, and to render them in every respect superlatively attractive, they have engaged the services of Signor Silvani, the clebrated trampoline spirte, who will appear every evening and perform his astonishing feats of leaping over garlands and banners, through hoops encircles with daggers, and the intrepid leap of streamers, throing a somersault over a number of men with spears, though a hoop of fire, concluding with his classic and graceful gymnastic stilt excerices. Also the serves of Mr and Mrs Harry Mayne for the afternoon and evening concerts. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays brilliant fireworks, concluding with the Grand Spectacle, Tam o'Shanter, by the Rosherville pyrotechnist, Gellini. Military and quadrille bands, under the direction of Mr c. Matthews. Dancing in the Gothic Hall at 5 o'clock. Baron Nathan, master of ceremonies. Archery, rifle shooting, &c, as usual. Steamboats call at the Rostherville Pier every half hour. Refreshments supplied by Messrs. Winch and Calder.'
(Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle, London, Sunday, 18 July 1852, p. 2a)