Arthur Gallimore & Co

Pantomime Poster, St Albans' County Theatre

This poster for a production of Sinbad the Sailor at the County Theatre, Saint Albans in January 1924 is the only documentary evidence I have that Athur Gallimore had his own company and that my grandparents Ken Gallimore and Thelma McDonald toured with him.  However, I do know that Arthur and his son, Ken, used play the Ugly Sisters together in Cinderella and that my grandmother was a pantomime principal boy.  My father who would have been eighteen months old at the time of this production was probably being looked after by a theatrical landlady.  As a baby he had slept in a trunk at the side of the stage when his parents were on tour.

Among the company of 35 artistes were: Connie Grey, Miss Alma, Tom Blair, George Parker, Violet Dell, Harry Clark, Miss Beat-this, Mona Grey, Miss Sadie, Miss Taffy, Marie Golding and The Four Emeralds.

 
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There are few formal records associated with music hall for family historians so the playbills and programmes are an important source of information. The British Museum, Theatre Museum, several universities and individual theatres have collections. The Theatre Museum has produced a Family History Pack with advice for researchers.
 

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