South London Mail (17/Dec/1898) - Dramatic & Musical Gossip

A small number of newspaper and journal articles suggest that James Bamforth's film The Kiss in the Tunnel (1898) was exhibited by Anglo-American Bio-Tableaux as early as late November 1898, sometimes alongside his short comic film The Honeymoon (1898). Research by Dr. Frank Gray indicates that G. A. Smith's version of The Kiss in the Tunnel was filmed in February 1899 and likely first exhibited on 20 March 1899 at the Canterbury Theatre, London.

The following review refers to Fred McAvoy's South London Palace (also known as the South London Palace of Varieties) which stood at 92 London Road, Lambeth. It was demolished in 1955.


The following is a transcription of a historic newspaper article and may contain occasional errors. If the article was published prior to 1 June 1957, then the text is likely in the Public Domain.
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Dramatic & Musical Gossip

Laughter reigned supreme when I entered the South London Palace the other evening — not because I entered, but because George Robey, the man of mirth, was just lecturing on "Botany" — and "Rhubub" was the argument. He was going to show us what "statistics" proved, but the word was too much for him, and poor George rolled in the dust on the stage, with a twisted jaw-bone and his mouth reaching to the back of his neck. "In the Subbubs" is one of his very best songs. Another side-splitter is George Mozart, who cleverly burlesques an average melo-drama, taking all the parts (including the "Squire" Villain, who loves the poor farmer's daughter, curse her!) himself. This popular comedian will be in the Kennington "Cinderella." I am glad to hear it, because I believe Kennington will be glad — or at least that portion of it that goes to the theatre. But to return to the "South."

There were the animated pictures — the "Kiss in the Tunnel" and "The Honeymoon" causing much hilarity in the darkness of the auditorium. Then the lights went up, and then came the capital little story of the Goldfields, "Chums till Death," ably interpreted by Albert Marsh and company, who have replaced it this week by another miniature hair-raiser, entitled "The Tempter." Other artistes in this entertaining programme were T. E. Dunville, Bernard's Lifelike Marionettes, Texar Bausas, The Allisons, the great Pratesi Pantomime Troupe, and more.