Mr Malcolm Scott as 'Salome'
Mr Malcolm Scott, Robert Falcon Scott's Brother (!!). Scott was one of the most famous female impersonators. He started his career as a straight actor at the Theatre Royal in Margate in 1886 but soon began to specialise in playing women. His performances were not as caricatured as the typical dame parts in pantomime. Among his best loved characters were Elizabeth I, Nell Gwyn, Boadicea and (as pictured here) Salome. Date: circa 1908
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
A Concert behind the Lines by Fortunino Matania
Somewhere in France - a concert behind the lines. A concert troupe or divisional entertainment company often made up of a mix of professional and amateur actors, entertaining Allied troops on the Western Front. Here the entertainers are dressed convincingly in drag. There were a number of troupes including the Whizzbangs, the Verey Lights and The Duds. Date: 1915
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
The Dames make up for their midnight matinee
Passing a mirror round for a careful check on their make up are three "Theatrical Dames." (l-r) Peter Ustinov, Paul Scofield and Laurence Harvey. They were rehearsing at the London Palladium for their sketch in the "Night of a 100 Stars" midnight matinee being given there in aid of Noel Coward's actor's orphanage. 29/03/2004: veteran British actor Sir Peter Ustinov, who died in Switzerland last night aged 82, it was announced, Monday March 29, 2004.