12th December, 1922
His Majesty King George V
Her Majesty Queen Mary
Her Majesty The Queen of Norway
Executive Producer: Sir Oswald Stoll
Musical Director: Julian Jones
Stage Director: H.E.Bright
The Queen of Norway joined the Royal Party for this year's show, which for the second year running was at the Hippodrome. Their Majesties were treated to a cast list generally agreed to be more varied than that of the prevvious year.
Arthur Prince, who had appeared in the very first 'royal show' was again a big hit with his ventriloquist act, ably assisted by his dummy Jim. Their interpretation of the 'Love Affair of Yussif Hassan' drew a large round of applause.
A further oriental note was struck by Kharum, described as 'The Persian pianist from the land of Omar Khayyam'. His dexterity at the keyboard was greatly admired. He could play popular melodies of the day intermingled with Chopin and amused the audience hugely with one tune played entirely with his left hand.
The Scots comedian Will Fyfe was another great success, especially with his rendition of a 'hardy old farmer' who sang lustily about being 'ninety-four today'.
Rather more unusual, but equally popular, was a cartoon show called 'Tishy' created by Tom Webster. He was in the stalls during the showing of the film about the crazy horse's adventure, but was called on stage with enthusiastic acclaim at the end to receive the justly earned applause for waht proved to be an immensely popular item.
And, in keeping with the traditions of variety, the Flemings provided a strong-man act that certainly appealed to His Majesty.
LORNA AND TOOTS POUNDS
MURIEL GEORGE & EARNEST BUTCHER
12 December 1922