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Dan Crawley
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1897: Ugly Sister (Flossie) in Cinderella at The Broadway Theatre, Deptford
"Mr Crawley has certainly plenty of business that is rewarded with laughter, but his extravagance is too unrestrained, and is sometimes the reverse of pleasing."
(The Era - 19th February 1898)
1898: Sister Anne in Blue Beard at The Theatre Royal, Leeds
1899: Dame Dorking in Puss In Boots at the Broadway Theatre, Depftord
"Mr Dan Crawley as Dame Dorking is exceedingly droll, and keeps the audience amused the whole time he is on stage. His quaint business and affected appearance, bedecked as the Duchess Of Deptford Creek, meet with a due reward of laughter"
(The Stage - 4th January 1900)
1900: Widow Twankey in Aladdin at The Royal Theatre, Glasgow
1901: Dame Margery in Little Red Riding Hood at The Tyne Theatre, Newcastle
1902: Dame Durden in Little Red Riding Hood at The Alexandra Theatre, London
"Mr Dan Crawley's Dame Durden is excellent, and found much favour with the audience both as a singer and dancer. "Wouldn't You Like To Be Me?" was one of the songs, which was redemanded."
(The Stage - 1st January 1903)
1903: Crusoe's Mother in Robinson Crusoe at The Grand, Fulham
"Mr Dan Crawley is most energetic as Crusoe's Mother"
(The Stage - 28th January 1904)
1905: Widow Twankey in Aladdin at the Royal Theatre, Glasgow (with Harry Lauder)
"A specially important engagement is that of Scotland's celebrated comedian Mr Harry Lauder. Hitherto Mr Lauder has had no connection with pantomime, but as a music hall artist he has for some time held high place, and, once he settles down in his part of Roderick McSwansay, he will without doubt become as famous in pantomime^ Second only to Mr Lauder is Mr Dan Crawley. Mr Crawley is new neither to Glasgow nor to pantomime. Indeed, a year or two ago he scored a success at this same theatre, but, from what we saw of Mr Crawley on Thursday, we feel certain that his former success will be surpassed ere Aladdin has run many weeks. Mr Crawley has some capital songs, his patter is irresistible, and his dancing is a feature of the pantomime"
(The Stage - 14th December 1905)
1903: Crusoe's Mother in Robinson Crusoe at The Grand, Fulham
"Mr Dan Crawley is most energetic as Crusoe's Mother"
(The Stage - 28th January 1904)

Following the run of Aladdin, Dan then joined the cast of Cinderella (as an Ugly Sister) at The Pavilion Theatre, Hackney from 6th February 1905 for two weeks. This production had transferred from The Crown Theatre, Peckham.


1906: Widow Twankey in Aladdin at the Tyne Theatre, Newcastle (with Harry Lauder)
"Harry Lauder, with his inimitable humour, and Dan Crawley, the quaintest of comedians, form a combination seldom to be met with. They simply convulsed the house with a duologue representing two old Scotch women discussing their friends over the tea (and whisky) table. Another funny turn by the two was a burlesque on a burglary of Abanazar's House."
(The Stage - 27th December 1906)
1907: Widow Twankey in Aladdin at the Royal Theatre, Edinburgh (Lilian Bishop was also in the cast)
"Foremost among the gentlemen is certainly Mr Dan Crawley. Long recognised as one of our best dames, he fairly revels in the humours of Mrs. lbankay (sic), and while he is on the stage the house rings with laughter."
(The Stage - 19th December 1907)
1908: Dame Mathilda Tootles in Jack & The Beanstalk at the Shakespeare Theatre, Liverpool.
"At the head of the comedians we have Mr Dan Crawley, who has, in the character of Dame Mathilda Tootles, a part in which he revels. Mr Crawley is full of quaint humour and resource. Liveliness is the keynote of his performance, and from beginning to end he works with enormous energy. His step-dancing is a feature, and his songs are enthusiastically received."
(The Stage - 31st Dec 1908)
1910: Eliza The Cook in Dick Whittington at The Marlborough Theatre, London (Lilian Bishop played "Dalmah, the Grand Vizier")
"The ludicrous appearance of Eliza The Cook, at once sets the audience in the merriest of moods. Mr Dan Crawley makes hits with his lively patter dancing, and his droll deliveries of "Next Sunday Morning ", "Here's A Nice How -#ye-do" and "No Place For You At All."
(The Stage - 31st December 1910)
1911: Grand Theatre, Glasgow?
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