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FOOTLIGHT FLASHES, Issue 15708, 23 January 1915
[By Loiteeeb.} Itiiller-Brennai: begin another session of vaudeville at the- Princess Theatre on February 1. Miss Grace (Iribbin, who Las been well known in Auckland musical circles for years, has come to Dunedin io practise her profession. She should be a welcome addition io the town's musical talent. The New Zealand small-town tour of 'Within the Law,' played under the direction of Dramas. Ltd., commences at. Jnyercargill at the end of this month. Charles Hammond, the handsumo Ta.simtnian actor who was in this country with Hawtrey some -yeans api. is now leading man for America,'a idol- Ala Adamc —and was at- latest playing with her in "the Legend of Leonora.' Two marriages! Maggie Jarvis. who came out from Home for ,). O. Williamson's 'Girl in the Taxi,* was married in .Melbourne on December 12 to Mr Thos. S. Reynolds, of tiio firm of W. Reynolds and isons. Mr Raymond Lawrence, of tho Julius Knight Company, was married, ou January 13 at Wellington to lUies Zilkh Tanered, a New Plymouth girl, the daugliU;r of .Mr H. "S. Tanered. Mr Spencer Lorraine, who is now happily amongst us again, knew the ternpeiament of the Herman people so well that when in Berlin he heard thai, war had been declared agin.st France ho stood not upon the order of his going, piloting his wife and Miss Gladys Bo wen lo England at once. He knew Britain must bo involved, and know also that the Teuton is not the phlegmatic person the comic papers describe him to be, but. a very ■nervous, excitable individual. .Mr Lorraine's only regie!, was that- he had secured a splendid engagement for .Miss Bowen in Berlin, which might have made. the name of tins young Christclmi-ch sitiL'or. However, he had no difficulty in launching her upon her career in NewYork, where Iter voice ha-s been si&eti up by tho critics as a remarkably lino contralto. Alisa Iza Crussi-ey, who play« the. Old Man of tho Sea in the Anderson panto. 'Sinbad tho Sailor,' is the champion breast-stroke swimmer of Victoria, under 16 years. Also, she is the daughter of Frank Croesley. a clever character actor, who will be remembered by New Zealamiers from his association with the late John F. Sheridan. There ate signs of a cueing influx of theatrical companies to New Zealand, and numerous inquiries are being made for dates. Theatre proprietors report that the inquiries are coming from the- Australian side, and they attribute the desire to pi.ay New Zealand to the drought and the threatened bad times in Australia. Mr Owen Ai. Friehard (Auckland), who is well, known throughout New- Zealand as J. Lleweiiyn (Bell CYonus BeUrincers), appeared at tho Middlesex Theatre, Briny Lane, early in November, in a. single act. under the name of "Hugh Musrnn."' His last appearance in the Dominion was at tho Auckland Opera House in a double act entitled 'The Merry Ostlers' with Alf. Wilson. Since arriving in England there has been a dissolution of partnership, and "ha intends to try hie lack on his own account. Another Now Zealand artist, Mr Borneo Gardiner (Wellington), has made a name for himself in • London and the province*; a.s a whistler and mimic of birds. The Bert Bailey ('On Our Selection') Company have been disbanded temporarily on account of the depression caused by tho war. According lo a California!! newspaper Eugene Ysnj'e, tho world-famous violinist, is penniless in I/ondon. It was only recently that Ysaye left San. Francisco for Europe after a most successful tour of the United States. Ysaye. whose son is an officer in the Belgian. Lan-cers. is reported to bo dangerously ill. Williamson's Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company commence their Wellinpton season of 16 nights at the Grand Gpera House on January 27. Athol Tier, the comedian and grotesque dancer who toured through New" Zealand with the Branscombe Pink Dandies, drops a. lino to "Footb'ght." t Freelance ') from London. He was doing well—" in spite oi the knst in hj own -word He a-, j i u uluh sue c sful with his daic lift He iPi c u is tin. C< mi ian d Diijcp and t is bool <d fn ttit. 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The hard times that theatrical proprietors raid producers in England have been haying ot recent years were mentioned during the bankruptcy William John Durrani Swan, described ai of Charing Cross road, theatrical proprietor. Mr E. S. Grey, Official Receiver, reported that, the provable debts amounted to £6,742, and that the sum of £44 would probably be realised from the assets. Tn 1909 debtor bought the acting rights of the comedy ' Priscilla Runs Away,' and afterwards "those of 'A Country Girl,' both of which he took on tour, with a resultinc loss of £6OO. In October, 1911, he bought the acting rights of ' Auto-liebchen,' produced as 'The Joy-ride Lady,' and en. tercd into partnership with two other! for its production. A company callee Muscomi," Ltd., was registered in order M obtain funds, but the play was not a success, and debtor and his "wife lost £4.000 in connection with it. In Juno of last year debtor bought the acting rights ol : I'antrea,' on the production of which hs lost £3OO. He attributed his failure to losses on liis theatrical ventures, including a. liability of £1.500 guaranteed by hiin for Muscoin, Ltd.. and to losses, amounting to £5.000. on the Stock Exchange, the latter having been largely paid by his wife, who is now a. creditor lor £4.500. —The discharge was granted, subject to the minimum suspension of two years. Say,? a correspondent : —" Hundreds of stories are in circulation about Harry Lauder being a 'tightwad,' some amusing but most very silly. Lauder never seems la pay any .attention to these yarns, bnt has certainly proved his generosity by donating £I*.OCO to the Prince of Wales patriotic fund on lib return to London tho other day. This, is not the only way that Hairy Lauder lias shown his generosity, for during his tour of Australia and New Zealand, he frequently pave up, hours of his time to entertain old people and invalids who could not come to hi* performances/'
FOOTLIGHT FLASHES, Issue 15708, 23 January 1915
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