1923 - London Coliseum

13th December, 1923


His Majesty King George V
Her Majesty Queen Mary

Executive Producer : Sir Oswald Stoll

Musical Director : Alfred Dove

By 1923 the Royal Variety Performance was already becoming established as a major event in the world of entertainment and this year there were few problems selling tickets for the Coliseum.

As usual the theatre was brightly decorated for the occasion and the effect was enhanced when, as the King and Queen and the rest of the Royal entourage entered their box, thousands of electric fairy lights came on, lighting the whole auditorium, while the band played the National Anthem.

The show, which lasted two and a half hours without an interval was noted for a one-act play by William Archer called The Samurai, with Lewis Gilbert and Ann Trevor. The idea of 'straight theatre', and also ballet, mixing with variety and music-hall acts was gradually becoming more and more popular on British stages.

Another hit was the comedy sketch 'The Disorderly Room' by comedian Tommy Handley, later a star of radio.

More exotic offerings were provided by the Marimba Band of Guatemala and the Griffin Brothers and Miss Lutie and 'their remarkable performing horse 'Pogo.'

The impact of the Great War was still uppermost in people's minds, and in the spirit of the time, The Prince of Wales made a genrous donation to provide seats for ex-servicemen who had been wounded on active service.

Performers

BOBBIE HIND and his all-British Sonara Band

RUPERT HAZELL

KATRINA and JOAN

THE GRIFFITHS BROTHERS

The Samurai with LOLA KARSAVINA, SESSUE HAYAKAWA, LEWIS GILBERT, ANN TREVOR and DORA de WINTON.

ROYAL ALBERT HALL ORCHESTRA

Brighter London with BILLY MERSON, REG SHARLAND, EDDIE JAYE, BERNARD DUDLEY, LADDIE CLIFF and RENA HALL.

RUSSIAN BLUE BIRD PLAYERS

ALFRED LESTER

LOIE FULLER BAND

MARIMBA BAND

The Disordely Room with TOM WALLS, RALPH LYNN, TOMMY HANDLEY, JAMIESON DODD, CECIL BAINBRIDGE and FRED KEMP.

LOUIS N.PARKER

BARCLAY GAMMON

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13 December 1923

London Coliseum