BL - Monday, 7 December 2008 'BISHOP AND MLLE. GABY DESLYS: PROTEST AGAINST A LA CARTE
'MLLE. GABY DESLYS CHANGES HER ACT.
'Sequel to Clergymens Protest and Lord Chamberlain's Letter.
'''NOTHING IMPROPER.''
'There was a drastic alteration in Mlle. Gaby Desly's performance of A La Carte at the Palace Theatre last night, folliwng a letter which the Lord Chamberlain, through Sir Douglas Dawson, addressed to Mr. Alfred Butt, the manager.
'The staircase dance, as performed by Mlle. Deslys, has been improved out of all recognition.
'Adverse comments on the act culminated in a letter of appeal sent to the Lord Chamberlain saying that inquiries showed the play to be deemed suggestive and certain actions to be ''grossly indecent.''
'The letter was signed by:- The Bishop of Kingston. The Rev. Joseph McCormick, D.D., Rector of St. James's, Piccadilly, hon. chaplain to the King. The Rev. J.H. Cardwell, Rector of St. Anne's, Soho, and Prebendary of St. Paul's. The Rev. H.M. Ward, Vicar of St. Mary's, Soho. The Rev. C.W. Stoffens, missioner, All Saints', Seven Dials. the Rev. Wilfrid H. Davis, Rector of St. Giles-in-the-Fields.
'Complaints, ran the letter, had been made to the signatories about the sketch, and a report of ''certain items'' in the performance was enclosed, written by the Rev. Dr. W.S. Macgowan, of St. Anne's, Soho.
'''NOTHING IMPROPER.''
'Mlle. Gaby Deslys herself is ''distressed and annoyed beyond description'' at the action of her critics and the treatment of the matter by the Lord Chamberlain.
'''She said last night:-
'''I cannot help feeling that many people are jealous of me, and envious because they think I make a lot of money here. This action of theirs is their way of taking revenge. My performance is not in the least improper.
'''There is no single line, no portion of my performance to which exception can be taken.
'''Why, I have received letters from many well-known society people expressive other their appreciation, and, in view of what has taken place, I shall in the course of a day or two publish the names of those who have wirtten to me, to prove to the public what is thought of my performance.''
'MUST BE ELIMINATED. '''Mr. Alfred Butt, the manager, is to interview men on his return to London, and I shall repeat to him, verbally, that if the public morality is outraged any further in the Palace Theatre the piece in question will be immediately forbidden and his licence for stage plays will be cancelled.''
'Mr. Butt's contentions, which he has set forth in a letter of reply to Sir Douglas Dawson, may be summed up as follow[s]:- '''There there is nothing whatever in the performance to which anyone can take exception.
'''That it is substantially the same - after eight weeks' run - as it was when Sir Douglas himself saw it during the first week of its production, and also as seen by a representative of the Lord Chamberlain three weeks ago.
'''That the performance is complained of because the actress if Mlle. Deslys!''
'Mr. Ward, the vicar of St. Mary's, Soho, explained yesterday that though he himself had not seen A La Carte, a layman had complained to him of the sketch. He therefore communicated with other clergymen and got their support to a protest.
'A crowded house at the Palace last night fully expected some announcement from the stage on the subject of the alterations in the sketch, but Mr. Butt, quite unmoved by the boom the Lord Chamberlain has given to the Palace, went to The Girl from utah at the Adelphi instead.'
(The Daily Mirror, London, 23 October 1913, p. 7a) 'Prince of Wales Theatre, Birmingham.
'MISS EVA STELLA
'(Walking Lady and Burlesque) having terminated a successful Engagement at the Theatre Royal, Manchester, opened at the above Theatre May 15th. ''Miss Eva Stella, a very pretty young actress, made her first appearrance, and gave decided promise of a future success.'' - Vide Birmingham Press. N.B. - All communications to be addressed as above. Opens at Theatre Royal, Margate, June 12th.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 28 May 1865, p. 1c) '. . . No notice of circuses would be complete without mention of the clowns, whose fine old crusted jokes are as much relished now as when they were first invented. It is not generally known that the lachrymose Grimaldi, father of the more celebrated Joe, was one of the clowns at Astley's in its early days. Since that time, Barry, Croueste, Keith, Wallett, Boleno, John Ducrow, and others hve made names for themselves as talking or ''knockabout'' clowns; while at the present day Bibb, ''Whimsical Walker,'' and ''Little Sandy'' are best known. The latter is always a great favourite, and is scarcely less droll when talking than when acting. There has always been some speculation as to his identity. When he met with his recent accident, and was taken to the hospital, his name was given in the papers as Alexander Coleman, but there are not wanting those who assign him a very much better-known name, and a position which, to say the least of it, is different to the one he now occupies. . . .'
('About Circuses,' Baily's Monthly Magazine of Sports and Pastimes, London, Sunday, 1 February 1885, p. 372) Theatre Royal, Dewsbury
'The House that Jack Built continues to meet with great success. The Theatre is crowded every night. The Opening is still carried on with unflagging spirit by Miss Loydall, Miss Herberte, Miss Foxcroft, Miss Rose Brown, and Mr Joe Stonor, who are ably assisted by Messrs Hammer, Joe Cooper, H. Kelley, T. Merry, W. Neale, and E.D. Lyons. A very interesting tableau, representing Peace and War; or, Britannia's Mediation, has been added to the many other attractions; and Mr Pat Connor (Irish comedian) has strengthened the company. There is plenty of rollicking fun in the Harlequinade as carried on by Mr Charles King (Clown).'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 13 January 1878, p. 8b/c) Theatre Royal, Dewsbury
'In the eighth week the Pantomime is carried on with unabated success. On Friday, the 1st inst., Mr and Mrs Joe Stonor took their benefit, and their friends rallied round them in good numbers. The clever children Tell and Tell appeared. On Monday last, in addition to the Pantomime, the farce of The Young Widow was produced. A Shadow Pantomime was also exhibited by Mr Charles King, the Clown, and it was the cause of much hearty laughter.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 10 February 1878, p. 8c) 'VICTORIA THEATRE, GLASGOW.
'MR. CHARLES KING, the far-famed Grotesque Clown and Pantomimist, appearing in conjunction with his Comic Ballet Troupe every Evening in the Grand Pantomime of ALADDIN. Sixth Month of present Engagement. All business letters address as above.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 18 January 1874, p. 16c) 'To Proprietors and Managers.
'I, LLOYD CLARANCE, Duologue Artiste, Pantomimist, and Author, beg respectfully to inform the above that, after this notice, I have no connection whatever with my late Partners, CHARLES KING, or his Ballet Troupe.
'OXFORD AMPHITHEATRE, KIDDERMINSTER.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 16 July 1871, p. 16c) Alhambra Palace, Hull, Yorkshire
'As an equilibrist and trapeze performer few are so daring and graceful as Mr T. Alvantee, who is an immense favourite here. Messrs Harcourt and Lucette (Negroists) contribute an entertainment that creates much laughter and applause. Mr Joe Lund is decidedly one of the very best single-handed Niggers upon the boards. Madame Valckenaere proves herselve an accomplished soprano vocalist. Mr and Mrs Will Blanche (comic duettists) have made a highly successful first appearance. The Matthews family (nine in number), Mr Charles King, with his comic ballet troupe (five in number), and La Petite Eugenie (characteristique form a well-selected and talented array of artistes. The ban, under the direction of Mr Bayman, play operatic and other selections nightly.'
(The Era, London, Sunday, 16 July 1871, p. 5c) Royal Borough Theatre of Varieties (formerly Hurley's Varieties), Greenwhich, south London
'. . . Among the early arrivals came Miss Grace Harold, male impersonator, whose voice and figure suit this line of business admirably. Dressed in nautical rig she gave a ditty redolent of the briny entitled ''Sailing o'er the bounding deep,'' and of course secured the approbably of all. She also sang with much expression ''Beloved Star.''. . .'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 21 April 1883, p. 4a) 'HAROLD, MISS GRACE,
'London's Refined Male Impersonator, Special concerts.
'Communications to 128, Plaistow-road, West Ham, London.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 4 November 1899, p. 30a) 'ARTISTES - MUSIC HALL. . .
'Harold, Miss Grace, Fern Villa, Henwood-road, Gomm-road, Rotherhithe, S.E.'
(Walter's Theatrical and Sporting Directory 1884, London) The Alhambra, Leicester Square
'. . . A most successful appearance was made by the beautiful Geraldine, who, with Alfred Leopold and Leopoldini, went through a series of remarkable feats on the triple high swinging bars. Geraldine is rightly called beautiful, and, as her skill in gymnastic exercices is of a superior character, she is sure to be populr with all who see her. Her companions are clver and daring performaners, and altogehter this ''turn'' must be numbered among the most conspicuous success of the present Alhambra programme. . . .'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 18 August 1888, p. 8a) Trevor music hall, Knightsbridge
'. . . The song of the evening, ''Hezekiah,'' was rendered with genuine comicality by Miss Eunice Irving. As a little Quakeress, demure, prim, but tricky, Miss Irving looked pretty enough to win the hearts of a dozen ''Hezekiahs.'' How this lamb-like young gentleman is cozened into dancing the Highland fling on Peckham Rye we shall not explain, but ask our readers to learn for themselves, and they will vot Miss Irving's creation as comic as it is fetching. . . .'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 18 August 1888, p. 8a) 'Just arrived from South America
'GEORGE LEOPOLD, and his Family of World-renowned Gymnasts.
'Mdlle. Geraldine and George Leopold will be remembered as the first to introduce Double Trapeae (Male and Female), and which proved such an enormous success a the London Pavilion, Weston's, Philharmonic, Cambride, and North Woolwich Gardens.
'Miss GERALDINE LEOPOLD, Child of the Air, known through North, South, and Central Ameria as La Nina del Aire, a Charming Yung Miss of Fifteen Years, of elegant form and face, will make her First Appearance in this Country in her own unique Act. Single Flying Trapeze. The most marvellous Gymnast this world has produced. She has no equal.
'GRACIE LEOPOLD. This talented and beautiful young lady is, without doubt, one of the most accomplished gymnasts that has ever visited these shores.
'MASTER ALFRED LEOPOLD will also make his first appearance (in this country), in conjunction with his siters, GRACIE and GERALDINE.
'These Artists can be Hired together or separate. Address, GEORGE LEOPOLD (the Original), care of ''The Era'' Office.'
(The Era, London, Saturday, 8 January 1887, p. 21e) Marriages 'COOK - HOLDEN - Oct. 22, at St. Ann's Church, Stretford, by the Rev. John Newton, assisted by the Rev. Canon Formby, William Austin Cook, of Manchester, and Hathersage, Derbyshire, to Annie, only child of the late Joseph Holden, Esq., of D'Urban, South Africa, and step-daughter of Thomas Marsden, Esq., Poplar House, Sale, Cheshire.'
(The Derby Mercury, Derby, Wednesday, 5 November 1873, p. 5f)