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).
English actor, manager & playwright. Né William Waller Lewis. Born 3 November 1860, Bilbao, Spain. Son of William James Lewis (engineer) and Carlotta Vyse. Married Florence West (actress), 1883. Died 1 November 1915, Nottingham, England, aged 55 (from pneumonia).
On stage from 1883, gaining early experience in the companies of JL Toole and Helena Modjeska. Manager of Haymarket Theatre and other theatre during 1890s with HH Morrell. Joined HB Tree's company, 1897-1900. During the 1910s, toured America, Canada and Australia.
English actor & operatic vocalist (baritone). Né Charles Roby Walenn. Born 1868, London, England. Son of William H Walenn and Skene Charlotte --. Brother of Gerald Walenn (violinist) and Herbert Walenn (violoncellist). Married Amelia Rousbey (vocalist) 1901, London, England. Died 30 May 1948, London, England, aged 80.
Noted G. & S. performer on stage from 1880s. Visited Australia twice for J.C. Williamson Ltd, in 1914 and 1920-1921.
Important conductor of Italian and French opera based initially in Stockholm. Associate conductor with Toscanini at Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1909. Visited Australia in 1913 with Quinlan Opera Company when he conducted several important premieres.
English actress. Née Hilda Walters. Sister of Elizabeth Vining (actress) and Lily Vining (actress).
On stage in England and Australia. Visited Australia in 1913 for JC Williamson Ltd to perform in musical comedy.
English actress. Died 12 April 1939, London, England, aged 64.
On stage in England and Australia.
English actress, vocalist & manager. Née Lucia Elizabetta Bartolozzi. Born January 1797, London, England. Daughter of Gaetano Stefano Bartolozzi (art dealer) and Theresa Jansen (pianist). Married (1) Armand Vestris (dancer), 1813, (2) Charles James Mathews (actor), August 1838. Died 8 August 1856, London, England.
Important singer and actor-manager associated with the Lyceum and Covent Garden theatres in London. On stage in England from 1815.
One of the best known composers of opera in the nineteeth century.
English actress & vocalist (mezzo-soprano). Née Gertrude Amy Mackenzie. Married Norman Menzies (of Menzies Hotel in Melbourne), 1898. Died 4 March 1947, London, England.
On stage in England and Australia from 1890s performing in musical comedy and G&S for JC Williamson Ltd.
Stage in Australia 1901-1902.