FRED KARNOS COMPANY STAGE LISTINGS

Fred Karno, after being asked, "Who are your star comedians?" is quoted as replying: "My name's up there, and that's good enough." But that wasn't always the case. There was a period, between December 1907 and August 1908 when the names of ALL the artistes appearing with the various Karno productions, were named in THE STAGE newspaper.
Below is an example of such a listing:

THE STAGE - 4 June 1908

CALLS FOR MONDAY, JUNE 8th, 1908

OXFORD

“The Bailiff”

and

CANTERBURY

“Moses and Son”

Messrs. Fred Kitchen, Albert Bruno, Herbert Landeck, Gipsy Dolin, Georgie Dolin, Montague Williams, Jack Colet, Arthur Austin, Tom Curtis, W. Davis, Nat Goodman, Phil Sinclair, Dave Asher, W. Lee, Phil Davis, Geo. Cooper, Harold Wellesley, Ad. Smith, Alf Weiner, A. Sprongson, John Samels, Misses Kate Forster, Madge Beckingham, Louis Arnold, Kathleen Boyd, Evangeline Howard, Kitty Hyde, Alice Waters, Florrie Dumfries, Jessie Crammond, Dorothy Denton, May Purslow, Eva Hermance, Marie Gould, Annie Asher, Lydin Weber, Vera Gilda, Ethel Adams, and Aggie Morris.

Stage Manager, W. H. MORGAN – Musical Director, DUDLEY POWELL

[N.B. The same company would have played both venues.]

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NEW YORKKlaw and Erlanger Circuit

“Mumming Birds”

Messrs. Billie Reeves, George Welch, Will Stanley, Charles Emerald, Jack Osborne, Will Crackles, Jimmy Aubrey, W. Fern, Bert Clark, Misses Mabelle Welsh, Ninna Dixon, Amy Minister

Manager, MR. A. REEVES.

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ABERTILLERY PAVILION

“Mumming Birds”

Messrs. Albert Weston, Bob Lewis, Bert Williams, Ernest Stone, George Farnley, Dan Hendy, Harry Daniels, Jimmy Beresford, Harry E. Howe, E. Waller, S. Harris, George Seaman, Sam Poluski jun., Misses Amy Forrest, Phyllis Stuart, Elsa Nicholson, Lila Kemp, Ada Innes, Daisy Lewis.

Manager, ARTHUR FORREST.

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OLYMPIA, SHOREDITCH

“The Casuals”

and

HIPPODROME, POPLAR

“Mumming Birds”

Sydney Chaplin, Jimmy Russell, Johnny Doyle, Albert Darnley, Charles Chaplin, Chas. Sewell, George Craig, Jack Royal, Frank Melroyd, Billy Moran, John Hoare, Will Amstell, Misses Sara Dudley, Louie Dean, Rosie Mayville, Lillie Craig, Rosa Martinnia, Dolly Baker.

Manager, CHAS. SEWELL – Stage Manager, George Craig

[N.B. The same company would have played both venues.]

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EMPIRE, SOUTH SHIELDS

“Saturday to Monday”

Will Letters, Harry Fischer, J. Fletch, Bert Crewe, Victor Crawford, H. Ashton, Sidney Ross, Harry Marshall, E. Jenner, Master F. Dance, Ada Maskell, Julia Bassett, Elsie Molloy, Florence Stafford, Hilda Stewart, Daisy Stone, Alma May, Ethel Wane, Vera Baretta, May North, Daisy Freeman, May Plumer, Louis Douglas, Mamie Marte, Lilian Bowe, Muriel Wetherall.

Acting Manager, H. A. DOOLEY – Stage Manager, J. FLETCH – Musical Director, A.E. WILSON

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COLISEUM, LONDON

“Dandy Thieves”

Messrs. George Hestor, Roy Jackson, Theodore Newman, Chas. Usher, Syd Bolton, Sam Gosling, B. Dean, A. Lawrence, Tom Manarde, C. Clarance Richardson, Chas. Griffiths, jun, and Misses Blanche Lynd, Edith Ager, Kitty Brunton, Annie Wright, Kitty Kearns, Nellie May, Florrie Grahame, Cissie Dale, Flo Pagnell, Flo Foster.

Manager, J. B. HELM – Stage Manager, CHAS. USHER – Musical Director, WALTER SCOTT.

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IN ACTIVE PREPARATION

A Colossal Production, entitled

“G.P.O.”

AND

“THE YAPP-YAPPS.”

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Author and Producer,

FRED KARNO

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[Names in BOLD are those Karno comedians who also worked in America.]

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