Don’t Call Me Landlady!
Chris Abbott interviews Elaine King about providing theatrical digs In the great days of Music Hall and Variety, touring was a part of everyday life for actors and performers; and for all but the top of the bill, this usually meant staying in someone else’s home, and being looked after by what were then known as ‘theatrical landladies’. Stories of these sometimes formidable hosts are the stuff of legend, from the subtle inscription of “Quoth the Raven…” in the visitors’ book (i.e. “Nevermore”) to the occasional shrinkage between food provided and that which was served (during the Victorian era it was usual for performers to give their own food to their host to be cooked).
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