Theatre: Daly’s Theatre
Performance: The Merry Widow
Main Actors: Mr. Talleur Andrews, Mr. Lennox Pawle, Miss Lily Elsie
This Edwardian theatre programme consists of a matt cream paper printed in black and red ink. There are informative advertisements relative to the decade. Page 2 displays a particularly striking illustration printed in red ink on page two advertising ladies evening wraps for Liberty & co. It depicts a beautiful and elegant woman in a long flowing gown with a generous luxurious wrap draped around her. The cast list is presented across the centre pages (pages 5 & 6).
Miss Lily Elsie was born 1886-1962 and was a popular Edwardian singer and actress, she became a hit with her starring role as The Merry Widow. Lily Elsie began her career on stage as a child appearing in a few Edwardian comedies until her success came about in the operetta The Merry Widow by Victor Leon, Leo Stein and Franz Lehar in 1907, thereafter she focused more on a more vocal career staring in successful stage musicals and operettas. She was an extreme beauty and was declared as one of the most photographed Edwardian actresses.
The programme consists of 12 pages including front and back cover. Approx. H 23cm x W 18cm.