Dick Whittington.

(WWI Salonika Pantomime) KENCHINGTON (Frank)

Dick Whittington.

A Pantomime Written & Produced by Members of the 85th Field Ambulance (3rd London) [Souvenir Edition].

Description: portrait frontispiece of 'Alice' (see below), 5 further plates included photographic reproduction of Corporal Edward J. Dillon ('Alice') and the author, foreword by Major-General C.J. Biggs of 28th Division, occasional smudges at fore-margin, pp. xxi, 48, tall 8vo, original green wrappers, cover lettered in black and red with cat and Whittington bag motif, edges frayed, spine head and foot torn with slight loss, good [with] Jaques (Charles A. B.) 'Alice!', 1916, original signed and dated water-colour portrait of Edward J. Dillon in the role of Alice, small stain at lower right corner touching signature, image 170 x 242mm, mounted

Publication Details: Printed for Private Circulation only, 1916

Notes: Dick Whittington, first performed by members of the 85th Field Ambulance in Salonika on Christmas night,1915, proved to be such a success that 28 further performances toured the region throughout January of 1916. As the author describes in his introduction, costumes and sets were improvised with great ingenuity: pyjamas serving for costumes, candles in cut-away jam tins for footlights and an Elizabethan ruffle cut and curled from obsolete army forms; the auditorium itself was dug out to provide a lower area for the audience and a hill for the stage, since all wood was needed for trench support...more

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Price: £250

Subject: Modern First Edition

Published Date: 1916

Stock Number: 68087

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