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). 

Sunday, 30 April 2017

COLE, E.I. (1857-1942)

English actor/manager. Né Edward Irham Cole. Born c.1857, Croydon, Surrey, England. Son of Irham Cole and Isabella Holliday. Married (1) Ada Dale, (2) Vene Linden (actress). Died 1 July 1942. Father-in-law of Tom Ayr (actor).

Toured Australia with his Bohemian Dramatic Company.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 242.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

COGILL, Charles (d. 1903)

Died 16 March 1903, San Francisco, California, USA.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 203, 270.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

COATES, John (1865-1941)

English operatic vocalist (tenor). Born 29 June 1865, Girlington, Yorkshire, England. Died 16 August 1941, Northwood, Middlesex, England.

Visited Australia with Thomas Quinlan's opera company in 1912 as principal tenor.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 205.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

CLEVELAND, Louisa (1836-1903)

English actress. aka Mrs Charles Viner; Mrs Arthur Stirling. Married (1) Charles Vincent (actor), (2) Arthur Stirling (actor). On stage in England and Australia. Toured Australia 1860s.

Acted with Walter Montgomery, 1867-1868. Returned to England, 1869.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page [no page given].

Australian actress. Née Ethel Marian Clarke; aka Marion Marcus Clarke; Marion Dunn. Daughter of Marcus Clarke (writer) and Marian Dunn (actress). Unmarried.

Acted in Australia and USA from 1890s for William Anderson and Fred Niblo. Also in silent films including For the Term of His Natural Life (1927).

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 239, 259.

American actor. Born 13 January 1861, New York City, New York, USA. Son of Henry G Clarke. Married Margaret Dale Owen (actress). Died 3 March 1923, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Celebrated baseball play who became an amateur actor and then toured throughout USA and Australia with his own company.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 187.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

CHEVALIER, Albert (1861-1923)

English actor, vocalist & playwright. Né Albert Onesime Britannicus Gwathveoyd Louis Chevalier. Born 21 March 1861, London, England. Son of Jean Onesime Chevalier and Ellen Louisa Mathews. Married Florence Isabel Leybourne, 1894, Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire, England. Died 10 July 1923, London, England, aged 62.

On stage in England and America from 1877. Noted music hall performer and Lion Comique from 1891.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 191.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

CHESTER, Maggie (fl. 1870s)

English actress.

On stage in Australia during 1870s.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 175.

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