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Category: Music Hall
Reference No: 6648
Status: Available
Price: £15.00
  Bransby Williams

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London-born actor, known as “The Hamlet of the Halls”.

Williams made his first appearance on the music hall stage at the London Music Hall, Shoreditch, on 26 August 1896, when he gave imitations of popular actors of the day including Beerbohm Tree as Svengali in the dramatic play, Trilby.

Afterwards he developed a wide range of characters, including many from Dickens, which he presented in monologues, recitations and sketches. He did an excellent Scrooge, Uriah Heep, Little Nell's grandfather and Sydney Carton.

Williams’ reputation was made when he was commanded to appear at Sandringham by command of Edward VII on 3 December 1903. For the next forty years he became a fixture of popular entertainment, appearing in pantomime and later on radio and television. Williams made his film debut in 1915 with Hard Times, and followed it with Adam Bede (1918, title role) and The Adventures of Mr. Pickwick (1921)

He was the first person to play Scrooge in a one-reel 9-minute 1928 sound version (on De Forrest Phonofilm).

Williams’ impressive stage career came to an abrupt end in the early 1930s when he forced to break a five-year contract following an accident to his wife. As a result he was put on a black list and rarely got work.

This is a superb early sepia postcard - one of the nicest I've seen - beautifully signed across a clear area of the image in blue fountain pen ink. Some very light patches of a album adhesion staining to the reverse (not affecting the front in any way) and some light marks here and there but general condition is very good.