Esoteric London

No. 750: Lillie Road, SW6

Posted in Theatrical London by esotericlondon on January 11, 2013

Lillie Road, London, SW6. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

Round London: Down East and Up West – Montagu Williams Q.C., 1894:

It was at this house [the Haymarket Theatre] that I saw the best piece of acting, in what I believe would be called the juvenile line, that it has been my good fortune to witness. It was that of Miss Blanche Fane as Gertrude in “The Little Treasure,” Buckstone playing Captain Walter Maydenblush, a perform­ance once seen never to be forgotten. It was about this time, too, that that excellent comedienne, Miss Reynolds, delighted the Haymarket audiences, which were always the most fashion­able in London.
Afterwards came “The Overland Route,” one of the best pieces ever put upon the stage. It was produced after Charles Mathews’s return from America, whence he brought his second wife. What visitor to the theatre at that time will ever forget Compton, when the ship is on the sands, walking about in despair searching for his lost false teeth?

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