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no. 380

Saturday, 25 December 2004

Ernest d'Auban and Rita Barrington
as the Spirits of Malice in the pantomime
The Forty Thieves,
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, 26 December 1898

Ernest d'Auban and  Rita Barrington

Ernest d'Auban and Rita Barrington as the Spirits of Malice

(photo: Hana, London, 1898)

The Drury Lane pantomime of the 1898/99 season was The Forty Thieves by Arthur Sturgess and Arthur P. Collins. Opening on 26 December 1898 for a run of 130 performances, its cast was headed by Dan Leno as Abdallah, Herbert Campbell as the Fair Zuleika and the popular Australian actress, Nellie Stewart as Ganem. Other favourites in smaller parts were Johnny Danvers, Whimsical Walker (as Clown), Rita Prestano and Daisy Stratton.

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Madge Lessing

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(photo: unknown, London, 1905)

This illustration has been adapted from a photograph of Madge Lessing in one of her popular song scenas presented with dancers of the Coliseum, London, during 1905.

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