Author Archives: TCHE

The Times

‘He could hardly walk, and certainly never dance, without raising a smile, but he had a hundred different ways of walking and dancing, each appropriate to the person he was representing.’ The Times

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Sir Max Beerbohm

“Here was a man unlike anyone else we had ever seen… Continue reading

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Joseph Grimaldi

Joseph Grimaldi (18 December 1778 – 31 May 1837) Known as ‘The most celebrated of English clowns’, credited with being ‘the first white-face clown’. Joseph Grimaldi’s performances made the Clown the central character in the English Harlequinades.

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Richard Findlater

Richard Findlater (Kenneth Bruce Findlater Bain) (1921 – 1985) English theatre critic and historian. One of Britain’s most respected writers on the theatre. Continue reading

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The Dan Leno Project

Welcome to The Dan Leno Project. Dan Leno was one of the great music hall and pantomime stars of the Victorian era (many would say ‘the greatest’.) Continue reading

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W. J. MacQueen-Pope

Walter James MacQueen-Pope (11 April 1888 – 27 June 1960) English theatre historian and publicist. Continue reading

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Dan Leno

Dan Leno was among the funniest and the most loved of comedians of the Victorian Music Hall, one whose career formed a bridge between the pantomime clowning of Joe Grimaldi in the early 19th century and the era of motion pictures … Continue reading

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