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The King and Queen and fche Duke and Duchess of York photographed just before they took their seats in the royal box for last night's variety performance
The King could be see»n tapping time with his hand to these choruses. At the end Teddie Knox threw a rose uip to the royal box ; the Duke of York leant forward to catch it but it fell on to the si4e of the ledge.
The King whispered to the Duke, who thereupon" stretched over and picked up the rose/ then handing it to his Majesty—a happy little incident which set the audience roaring with delight.
In the sAcowi half of the eccentric dancing and-^eTfy, and the " human juggling " of the Carlo Medini Six, in which two little boys are flung raipidly from one couple to another, were outstanding among the acts which were obviously appreciated as much by the King and Queen as biy the audience in general.
And the actual finale was a triump^ of spectacular stagecraft. First, Miss Evelyn Laye—making her first variety appearance for many years—played with Mr. Jack Hobbs in an effective scena representing a Parisian lowly quarter drama. At the end of^this scene the stage was transformed in a -fow-Tseeonds to a brilliant ballroom set, with Miss Laye changed from a downtrodden slum girl into her own beautiful self, leading the entire company in a waltz which brought down the curtain. Typical of the King's tl^ught for others was the fact that directly he .arrived at the Palladium he asked Mr. George Black, the producer, about the condition of Mr. Richard Grean, the Palladium musical director, who, as announced in The Daily Mail yesterday, was taken seriously ill on Saturday.
In this connection, a special word of praise is due to the able way in which Mr. George Deason, normally the first violin, deputised at 24 hours' notice ir. the conductor's chair.
And it was the same story of royal delight at. the other slapstick ingredients—the efforts of Charlie Naughton, Hilda Mundy, and Billy Garyll to act as pieces ofjTunniture in a rehearsal of
play under.Teddie Knox's direction, because no real furniture was handy; a wildly-funny "Jflre Drill " scene, with: the ""Gang's"notions of saving lifejre^ suiting in little else tliajaJJ^ stageT5M*ng deluged with water;
~~SEAU OR-CRAZY SHOWS
Indeed, last night's performance puts the s^al of enduring popularity on Crazy Shows as the new form of variety entertainment, for it was this section of the show which kept their Majest/es and the Duke and Duchess ing wiliL more obvious enjoy-
ment than they have ever before ex-hibited at the theatre.
But there was plenty of other first? class material to maLa imuan enjoyabJe
Evening. ~Ttiei"~two"biggest fikLividiml successes were undoubtedly marie bj
the card manip
a^U'die-nce,gashing with __
tiie King arid tJ'fTeein,
lorgnette to her eyes, leant forward in
tently for nearly ten minutes, and Mr.
Billy Bennett, the " almost a
^^,.- -^^>——-Mr. Bennett has already been the hero >f one Royal Variety Show. Last night,
ept everyo-ne— -inclfiidiing the D-uke and >ucheiss — in convulsions of laughter >ver his quick-fir-e quips.
CHUCKLES OVER "GANG" ANTICS
LAST night the King and Queen saw a music-hall show unlike anything they had ever watched in a theatre before.
For this Royal Variety Performance, at the London Palladium, was the first occasion on which their Majesties had seen a specimen of the " Crazy Shows " which, during the past year have revolutionised the methods of the music-hall stage.
And when I say that the King and
Queen gave every indication of en-
joying these stage antics just as
greatly as did the vast audience, it is
_ again a record of their Majesties1
liking for that good, hearty type of
comedy which is the proudest and
--ffoesc imrnagB'tyf *i»re PTingff miisic-
It was only a few minutes after the King and Queen—accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of York—had taken ;heir seats in the beautifully decorated royal box that they were introduced to ihis strange new stage world of crazi-aess.
THE " GANG " ARRIVES
The opening scene was a vivid impression of Portsmouth, with the Sher-rnan Fisher girls making as pretty a picture of dancing sailors as one could wish for. Then, of course, followed the " Ga^g " wftjr^ma;.-attempts to execute fr i^^o^i^rrrrrmy-Nervo failing headlong into the orchestra pit; J&k Barty entangling himself with a JiLapv-l!ie_ others knocking one another across the stage in every imaginable posture.
This is where the King began laugh-Ing, and there were but brief moments from then onwards when he stopped. The knockabout farce o-f the world's craziest nursing-home, with Nervo, in a nightgown yards too big for him, being hurled out of a collapsible bed, and other " patients " seeking a rest-cure being smothered in whitewash by a company of painters, the whole stage being given over to an almost deafening uproar—this tornado of fun set every member of the royal party laughing more M^OJy thaiivl have.- ever seen them do in a theatre.