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Abertillery Metropole Theatre Autograph Book 1913-1922

Abertillery Metropole Theatre Autograph Book 1913-1922. This is a little autograph book was kept Mrs Willis’s Boarding House at Abertillery, Mrs Willis had a connection with the many actors, artists and musicians who stayed at the premises whilst appearing in the Metropole Theatre between 1913-1922. Over thirty-six artistes signed the book and many added little messages, adages and poems along ... Read More »

Tony Barton

Tony Barton. Tony Barton was a baritone singer and featured in many shows at the Metropole Abertillery, he signed Mrs Willis’s book and wrote a poem which is partially illegible. He dated it 5th February 1914. Tony Barton was known as the “Singing Mill Lad”. (More information to come). Read More »

Frank Dickinson

Frank Dickinson. Frank Dickinson was at the Metropole Theatre, Abertillery and signed Mrs Willis’s book, he wrote a message wishing Mrs Willis well and dated it the 4th February 1914.  Frank Dickinson was a native of Yorkshire and a Basso – An operatic bass singer.  (More information to come). Read More »

Leslie Parker

Leslie Parker. Leslie Parker was at the Metropole Theatre, Abertillery,  the book was signed with the inscription “Happy Days”, though nothing else. (More information to come). Read More »

M. Parker

M. Parker. M. Parker was at Metropole Theatre, Abertillery and signed the book at the boarding house. Sadly not dated. (More information to come). Read More »

Gabrielle Gordon

Gabrielle Gordon. Gabrielle Gordon appeared at the Metropole Theatre, Abertillery in the production of “The Belle of New York” in October 1913. Gabrielle Gordon was a American actress, she was at Mrs Willis’s boarding house and signed the book on 16th October 1913. (More information to come).     Read More »

Gaby Fay

Gaby Fay. Gaby Fay was Dorothy Fay Hammerton (Born 26th September 1893 – Died 23rd June 1973). Dorothy Fay Hammerton was professionally known as Fay Holden, a British born American based actress. She was known as Gaby Fay in her early career. Born in Birmingham, England Gaby Fay later travelled and performed in many theatres during her early career. In ... Read More »

Patricia Ray?

Patricia Ray? Patrica Ray? appeared at the Metropole Theatre, Abertillery in the A. E. Smiths Bo Peep Co in February 1914. She signed the book with a little adage and stating she was 3rd girl in the production. (More information to come). Read More »

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