Bills and Posters
Sindbad The Sailor - 1886
starring Vesta Tilley
Sindbad the Sailor at the Royal Alexandra
Theatre, Liverpool. 1886-87
Vesta Tilley, the highest paid Music Hall star, later to become Lady DeFrece,
appeared as Sindbad (spelled with a "D" in those days) in Mrs. Saker's Queen's
Queen Victoria had been on the throne for fifty years by 1886, and the Jubilee,
camp and bivouac scenes illustrated a "Grand Military Spectacle"- "such as has
never previously been attempted in Liverpool" and a "Reception of Nations".
Also appearing with Vesta Tilley were Arthur Ricketts (as "Slimbad the Tailor")
and several of the Lupino family. Some terrible Victorian puns abound in the
programme: "Scum, Surf, Foam and Spray"- "Ill-treated
sprites, but then it surfs them right!"
and of Sindbad: "A youth in whom hopes are in
Vesta (d) Till he leaves us!"
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