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Category: Music Hall
Reference No: 2512
Status: Available
Price: £15.00
  Ada Reeve

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British music hall star, a “singing comedienne”.

Born into a minor show business family, Reeve gave her first performance at the age of four in the pantomime Red Riding Hood on Boxing Day 1878 at the Pavilion Theatre in London's Whitechapel. By the time she was six she had become the family meal ticket.

Reeve made her name in George Edwardes' musical comedies at the Gaiety theatre in the 1890s when she appeared in The Shop Girl opposite Seymour Hicks. She continued to perform as a leading lady in successful shows including Floradora at the Lyric Theatre. She became one of the first stars of the newly evolved theatrical form, musical comedy

Reeve’s career spanned over 70 years and she was a favourite both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to English music hall, she performed in comedy and vaudeville in South Africa, the USA (she toured there four times) and Australia.

In 1935 she settled again in England appearing in cabaret, revue, theatre, and later on, film and television.

This is a lovely vintage sepia BEAGLES postcard, nicely signed across the image in blue fountain pen ink in the early 1900s. In very good condition.