Elisabeth Kumm

Elisabeth Kumm

Elisabeth is a founding member of the Victoria Theatres Trust. Her series Pets of the Public was a regular feature of On Stage from 1999 to 2005, looking at “forgotten” nineteenth century performers. She continues to contribute articles for the THA website, and from 2018 has been editor of the THA Newsletter. As a theatrical historian and biographer she assisted Viola Tait with her book on pantomime – Dames, Principal Boys…and All That (published by Macmillan in 2001) and also worked with her on her memoirs I Have a Song to Sing (published by THA in 2018). Elisabeth has also undertaken research for the Riley/Hailes Scrapbook and JCW Scene Books projects. Most recently she has been working on the Falk Studios album project including acting as editor of The Falk Studios book (published by THA in 2021). 

Thursday, 04 May 2017

LESLIE, Fred (1855-1892)

English actor & vocalist (baritone) playwright. Né Frederick George Hobson, aka AC Torr. Born 1 April 1855, London, England. Son of Charles Hobson and Sarah Pye. Married Louisa Agate, 1879. Died 7 December 1892, London, England, aged 37. Father of Fred Leslie (actor).

On stage in England and Australia. Prominent member of the London Gaiety Company.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 284, 285.

Thursday, 04 May 2017

LEOPOLD, Henry (c.1830-1905)

English actor, vocalist & dancer. Né Joseph Henry Wooldridge, aka Harry Leopold. Son of Thomas Wooldridge and Susan Love. Married Frauline Fannie (dancer).

On stage in Australia from 1859.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 195.

Thursday, 04 May 2017

LEOPOLD, George (c.1832-1904)

English actor, vocalist & dancer. Né George Wooldridge. Born c.1832, London, England. Son of Thomas Wooldridge and Susan Love. Unmarried. Died 3 September 1904, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

On stage in Australia from 1859.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 195.

Thursday, 04 May 2017

LEMARE, Edwin (1865-1934)

English composer. Born 9 September 1865, Ventnor, England. Died 24 September 1934, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 245.

Thursday, 04 May 2017

LAURI, Edward (1869-1919)

English actor. Né Edward James Lowe. Born 1869, London, England. Married May Beatty (actress), 8 December 1908, London, England. Died 9 January 1919, London, England.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 255.

Thursday, 04 May 2017

LAUDER, Harry (1870-1950)

Scottish vocalist. Born 4 August 1870, Edinburgh, Scotland. Married Ann Vallance, 19 June 1891. Died 26 February 1950, Strathaven, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

On stage in England and Australia. Popular Scottish comic singer.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 173, 305.

Thursday, 04 May 2017

LASCELLES, Charles (d. 1883)

Musician and vocalist. Died 1883, Natal, South Africa.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 232.

Thursday, 04 May 2017

LAMBERT, J.C. (c.1805-1875)

English actor. Né Joseph Charles Lambert. Born Norfolk, England. Died 30 April 1875, Wells, Norfolk, England.

On stage in England, USA and Australia. Specialised in classic comedy roles including Sheridan and Shakespeare.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 170.

Thursday, 04 May 2017

LADD, Pearl (1883-1977)

American actress. Née Frances Pearl Ladd. Actress, born 1883, San Francisco, California, USA. Married G Villiers Arnold (actor). Died 1977, California, USA.

On stage in Australia.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 229.

American musician. Died 5 July 1915, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

In Australia from 1865, notably with Christy Minstrels.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 308.

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