- Variety and Miscellaneous 2
Scarlet Troubadours. Tour of Australia and New Zealand, 1908.
company of six men and two women, the Scarlet Troubadours performed at His
Majesty’s Theatre on September 5, 1908. They were described in an Otago Daily
Times advertisement as “a costume comedy company of specially selected English
vocalists interpreting high-class music given in the novel form of ‘scenas’ in
costume and character, introducing a high standard of solo and concerted
singing, intermingled with a strong element of refined merriment and sparkling
A brighter 1933: The Gaieties of 1933: English and Australian Vaudeville and Revue Co. His Majesty’s Theatre, Dunedin, Feb. 11, 1933.
Artists and models. Ralton R. James. (Tivoli Circuit). His Majesty's Theatre, Dunedin, June 6, 1947.
Tivoli Circuit was a popular Australian outlet for variety theatre and
vaudeville which flourished from 1893 until the 1950s. Established by English
music hall comedian Harry Rickards (1843-1911), it was subsequently taken over
by a succession of managements and toured widely throughout Australia and New
The tourist trade. Ralton R. James. (Tivoli Circuit). His Majesty's Theatre, Dunedin, May 25, 1951.
The Great Sorcar: world’s greatest magician. (J.C. Williamson Theatres Ltd.). His Majesty’s Theatre, Dunedin, 1957.
Pratul Chandra Socar (1913-1971), known as The Great Sorcar, was the most
famous Indian magician of his time and the first to perform a western-style
magic show. He studied mathematics but took up magic as a profession,
establishing himself in Calcutta in the 1930s before touring Asia. He excelled
at self-promotion, dubbing himself “The World’s Greatest Magician” and by 1950
his reputation was international. His worldwide touring brought him to New
Zealand’s shores in 1957.