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STAGE JOTTINGS., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 74, 27 March 1909
HIS MAJESTY'S THRATBE. March 15 to 27 Meynell and aunn. March 29 to April B.—("Sixes and Sevens" I April 10 and onwards Pollard Opera Company. QPEiaA. BOUSE. I Fuller's Pictures. , ''■"■ ' ! $< ROYAL ALBERT HALL Nightly—Royal Pictures. TIVOLI THEATRE. ... , Nightly.—"West's Pictures. ■'&%&!. Local productions invariably command a good deal of interest in Auckland. Indeed, it is really wonderful how the public have, an tho past, supported such pieces, irrespective sometimes o! merit. When in addition there is the factor of local authorship, the interest seldom fails to show an increase. Apropos of which I doubt not that "Sixes and Sevens," which is to be staged at His Majesty's Theatre on. Monday next and for four following nights, will enjoy large patronage. The piece is the joint work oi Mies Maud Peacocke and Mr. Thoa. Humphreys, both of Auckland. It has already received favourable notices, having been staged at St. Bonaventura'a Hall, Parnell, in November last. The interpreting company at 'His Majesty's will be somewhat different, and there will be a Urge\y augmented chorus, besides new features and ballets. Mr. M. Cohen, who is producing this work and also "ManuelW the new "Bireh-Humphreye extravaganza, which succeeds "Sixes and Sevens" on Saturday next, April 3, has decided to donate a portion of the profits in each case to local charities. "Vaudeville?" said Harrison Hunter, "in five years it will be counted as high clnes a form of entertainment as the 'legitimate' drama. Indeed, it gives promise of eclipsing every other form of amusement." There is a significance to vaudeville development when actors like Harrison Hunter get iuto it. Hunter has been in important plays in the "legitimate" field, and played with actors of international note. He has been, for instance, with Sir Richard Wyndham, with Sir Henry Irving, with John Hare, Forbes Robertson, and K. H. Sothern. He was leading man with Olga Xethersole, and has since been leading man with Viola Allen, with Maud Adams, and with LiliaD Russell. It is understood that Miss Tittell Urunc proceeds to London in May next, i and that it will be some time before Australasia sees her again. During the past few weeks Mr J. C. Williamson has received several offers of plays based on Major dv Manner's success, "Au Englishman's Home," but adapted to local conditions. The offers have been declined, as it is considered they infringe the copyright law. Mips Ada Dwyer, recently with 3. C. Williamson, playing- the title role of "Mrs Wiggs of the "Cabbage Patch," has re- : joined Eleanor Robson, who h;vs. while on a tour of the United States, won success with a new piece called "The Dawn of To-morrow," which the star actress was about to take to Now York when the la3t American mail left. Mr Leedham tttvntoek. the wett known librettist in London, who recently scored another big success with "The Belle of Brittany," is a brother oi Mr CUuide Bantock, of ■). ('. Williamson's Company. Another brother, Mr Granville Uantock. has just been appointed to succeed Sir William Elgar ns professor of music at the Birmingham University. Uγ Harry Quealy has taken charge oi the stage management for the production in Sydney of Mr Jas. L. Goodman's comedy drama "A Secret Wedding." Scvernl of the works from the author's pen are to be produced in rapid succession. Mr Julius Knight, with the encouragement of the J. U. Williamson firm, says that he is now determined to appear as the melancholy Dane in "Hamlet" before he returns to London. He will plan out the production on tour. Mr Edwin Geach is the latest theatrical candidate who will shortly (hear "The Voice that Breathed o'er Eden," as he is to be married to Miss Lily Wallis, formerly of the Frank Thornton Company. Dick Trelawney, the English Pixie, at present in Melbourne, is said to he somewhere between 30 and 50 years of age, is 2ft 1 Jin in height, and weighs only Ojlb. it is stated he was saved from the wreck of the Spanish ship near Penzance in .lanuary. litOo. An English professor says Pixie is a direct descendant of a race of pigmies, who formerly inhabited portion of Mexico. As a sequel to the lately-announced combination ql film manufacturers in America, the formation of an Independent Association is now published. The new body announces that it is determined to fight the moving Picture Trust, which has set out with the manifest intention of controlling the whole of the trade, and that it is a case of several manufacturers joining it or being crushed out of existence. At all events, there is going to be a big fight in the American film making and distributing industry shortly. It is said that over 10,000 plays are written yearly, and only 2 per cent, of them are ever produced. Miss Carrie Moore, recently in lia, has achieved success as principal boy in London in "Cinderella." Mr Charles Hawtrey, of "Message from Mare" fame, was operated on for appendicitis in London on December 7. Alfred Woods and Miss Maud Williameon are returning to Australia again, and it is their intention to include New Zealand in their tour. They say of an Australian girl who married in England: "She married that funny little foreigner because he was a Count, and now he doesn't." Edwin Booth's make-up box, his tobacco jar, the jewelled mace lie used as Richard, the scales and knife of Shylock, and the cloak of Don Caesar de Bazan were sold for a mere song at an auction ' sale recently. David Belasco, who was lucky enough to secure most of these relics, declared that he was positively ashamed to obtain them as cheaply as he did. When the Beatty-Mclntosh Company I disbands in Sydney on the completion of the present season, Harcourt Beatty, Gaston Mervale, Winifred Gunn, and James Lindsay will be transferred to Meynell and Gunn's new dramatic company, which will produce "The Hypocrites," "Lucky Durham," "The Passing of the Third Floor Bock," and other pieces. The English members of the company .will include Miss Gladys Harvey, a beauty actress whom Mr Beorbolun Tree was anxious to secure, but missed her by two days. Mr Tree made Mr Meynell, who engaged her in London, a splendid offer to'release Miss Harvey from her engagement, that he might have her for his company, but Mr Meynell was naturally unwilling, and Miss Harvey will make her first appearance in Australia in 1 "The Hypocrites."
Miss .Alice Pollard,. of Christeb.uTch, has achieved a marJced .measure of success on the Manchester stage, where she played second lead -with Mr George Edwardes' company in the musical comedy "The Dollar Princess." The New Zealander is likely to appear in the piece when it is produced in London. A vital sparklet of comic opera, whose recent romantic marriage in Sydney made us a little less drowsy ror a weeß or so, writes philosophically to a friend in this capital of her severance from Him, says "Akinehi" in the "Bulletin." She objected to having to provide the whole ol the cutlet and all the wine, and the total hire of the motor, and the full suite in the hotel, and the entire cabin on the liner. Amazing how these sordid questions can clog Cupid'e wings Tike ordinary tar on ordinary feathers ! Aβ an indication of the scale upon which Oscar Asche and Lily Brnyton intend to produce their pieces in Australia, the whole of the costumes and scenery in "As You Like It" are to be renewed in London at a coat of over £5000, prior to the company's departure for Australia. Alice Pollard, writing-.from Manchester, says that May Beatty has made the biggest success in pantomime in England this year. J. C. Williamson nas engaged Robert Maunsell, American dramatic actor, and complete American Co., to tour Australia in a series of claesic plays. Miss Xcllie Stewart's Company, -with which she opens at the Princess Theatre, Melbourne, on Easter Saturday, April 10, has been completed by the addition of several well-known Australian players. By the production of "The Sign of Uie Crose," the late Mr. Wilson Barrett in three years paid off debts to the amount of £70,000, and in five years more the profits to two managements were £170,000; also "The Hymn," "Shepherd of Souls," realised £3,000 in one year. Frank Lincoln, aii American entertainer and humorist, had been appearing in London for a time in a monologue. Un e afternoon he had just made his bow, and was about to begin, when a cat ■walked in and sat down on the stage. "You get out!" said Mr. Lincoln severely. "This is a monologue, not a catalogue!" The first properly-equipped theatre in Australia for the production of moving picture plays ha« been established at Malvern (Vie.) by the Salvation Army. It is fitted with side wings and buck clnths—in fact, all the usual stage accessories. Brigadier Perry is in charge of the operations, and quite recently produced "The Christian Martyrs'' with complete cast. The films will, no doubt, be shown all over the Commonwealth. Miss Margaret Anglin is to reappear in America next September in "The Awakening o-f Helen Bitchie" at the Hollis Street Theatre, Boston. She has expressed a determination to make another tour of Australia in three years' time. America is mo»t un-American in the matter of the theatre (remarks Miss Meredith Mererlro. of Me.s=rs. MeyneU and (iiinn's "Cinderella" Company). No American achieves success as ;i linger until she hue won the applause vi Europe. It is the same with plays—the samp, in ii less degree, with actors and actresses. A success in ~Kurorie .means, a 6uccess in .Yew York; A new screen lias been invented, and rerrnt tests at the Pavilion Cinematinees, I'nri-t, eaabletl pictures (o be shown with good offpi-t in daylight or in the full glare iof the electric lights, while in addition to its other qualities, tlie projector 0.-in be used behind the screen with effect equal to that obtained from the front. Further information of the invention will be eagerly awaited. The actress-evangelist. Miss Ada Ward, will arrive in New Zealand on Monday, April 19, and will open her campaign in connection with the Salvation Army in Invereargill for .a season of three night? — 19th, 20th. and 21st. Mr. Cunningham 15ridgeman, n recent visitor to Xew Zealand, has been endeavouring, since his return to London, to fret a healing on the English stage for Mr. Alfred Hill's opera "A Moorish Maid" (says our London correspondent). In reply to my inquiries as to the progress of the negotiations, Sir. Bridgeman writes: "I hoped n short time ago that arrangements were as good as complete, hut, unfortunately, I liave been disappointed iv my trust thnt further capital would be forthcoming from New Zealand. I had been led to believe that Wellington (Mr. Hill's native town) would subscribe as readily as Dunedin. And so there is a temporary hitch in my negotiations. However, 1 hope nil difficulties may be speedily surmounted, and that "A Moorish Maid" mny be introduced to London in the autumn season. It is really most fortunate that 1 had not settled on production in March, for v short while ngo I received a cable announcing Alfred Hill's serious illness, in consequence of which he could not come to England now, and the production must be postponed till the autumn. So all's well that ends well, as I'm confident the venture will. Such is the present position of affairs, and I shall be glud if you will kindly relieve the minds of New Zealanders interested in the matter, by writing that although a slight hitch has occurred 1 am as confident as ever of ultimate success. Tt is no easy task to obtain a hearing for an entirely new composer and Ms work, especially when they hail from the uncivilised Antipodes (as Kew Zealand is supposed by the ignorant to be)." At the completion of the run of "Havanu" at Sydney, the Royal Comic Opera Company will come direct to Wellington, opening on Easter "Saturday m "The Merry Widow." The company is to include: Mies Florence Young, Miss Fanny Dango, Miss Nellie Wilson, Miss Connie Milne, Miss Betty Ohle (?), Mr. Higginson, Mr. James Hughes, Mr. W. S. Percy, Mr. '"Bobby" Roberts, and Mr. Claude Banboek, making one of the strongest combinations which have been sent to New Zealand. Mr. George Edwurdes, speaking at tie "Jferry Widow" dinner given by the O.P. Qub, told the following Vxrry: To illustrate to you the difncultiV-3 with which managers liave to contend, I might tell you I was once negotiating with ft lady to go to India as prima donna, and 1 thought I would approaSfi the question artfully. (La-ug-hter.) We were nearly agreed—the difference /between us was a paltry £100 a week, I offered her £100, and she asked mc £200 a week. I began to tell of the glories of India, how the lady would win the hearts of all the Princes, of Jams and Rams and Dams (laughter)—and nabobs. 1 eaid, "As,, is their cus-tom, they'll send you ropes of pearls to tie up your dresses, elophants with trunks full of emeralds—(laughter) —and diamonds enough for a skirt"'—and skirts were skirfvs in those days. I said, is a niiseraftY hundred a 'week by the side of that? ,. Well.. I thought I had impressed .the lady. She promised to think it over. She did. Next day I got a note: 'Dear MY. mo my terms and you can keep the presents.' " - ■ ■ . . THE DEADHEAD.
STAGE JOTTINGS., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 74, 27 March 1909
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