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Horatio Lloyd's 'Facts and Fancies'

 

A Poster for Horatio Lloyd and his son, Arthur, performing in Horatio's 'Facts and Fancies' at the Theatre Royal, Aberdeen on the 14th of June 1858 - Click to Enlarge.Poster for Horatio Lloyd, and his son Arthur Lloyd, in 'Facts & Fancies' at the Theatre Royal, Trades Hall, Arbroath in 1858. - Click to EnlargeFacts and Fancies was a comedic entertainment written and produced by Horatio Lloyd in the late 1850s. He toured the piece to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, amongst other Scottish Towns and Cities, and was often assisted by his sons Arthur and Fred Lloyd.

Right - A Poster for Horatio Lloyd, and his son Arthur Lloyd, in 'Facts & Fancies' at the Theatre Royal, Trades Hall, Arbroath in 1858 - Click to Enlarge.

Horatio writes on Facts and Fancies in his Autobiography here, and an article in the ERA of the 8th of March 1857 goes some way to explaining the plot and changes of character in the piece:-

'Aberdeen.- Mr. Lloyd, late of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Theatres, assisted by his son, Mr. Frederick Lloyd, late principal comedian of the Theatre Royal, Plymouth, opened an entertainment, for a few nights, in the Mechanics' Hall, on Saturday, the 28th ult., entitled, "Facts and Fancies; or, How to take up a Bill."

Right - A Poster for Horatio Lloyd and his son, Arthur, performing in Horatio's 'Facts and Fancies' at the Theatre Royal, Aberdeen on the 14th of June 1858 - Click to Enlarge.

Bill for Horatio Lloyd's 'Facts and Fancies' at the Minerva Hall Glasgow - Click for more information.The plot is, that Smuggins (Mr. Lloyd, sen.) will not allow Adolphus Smasher (Mr. F. Lloyd) to marry his daughter, unless a bill for £500, due by Smasher, is "taken up" within a certain time. To obtain the money, Smasher resorts to the expedient of assuming different characters, and by that means fleeces Smuggins out of the needful.

Left - A Poster for Horatio Lloyd's 'Facts and Fancies' at the Minerva Hall Glasgow - Click for more information.

The assumed characters by Mr. F. Lloyd are Sarah Snipe, a Charity Girl, Lady Grace Rattlaton, Lord Fitzyawn (an Exquisite), Napoleon Bonaparte, Giles Clump (a Yorkshirernan), and Mdlle. Rouge et Noir. These very opposite characters were personated by him with great spirit, and to the very life, more especially Fitzyawn and Napoleon.

Mr. Lloyd, sen., in his real characters of Sally Jones, Hodge Heathblossom, and Bill Dawkins gave us some of his genuine quiet comicalities, for which he has so long been famous.

The songs and dancing introduced were very appropriate, and we have seldom had the pleasure of seeing an entertainment containing more real fun. Its success was most complete, the "Bill" being duly endorsed by an enthusiastic and crowded audience.'

Archive newspaper reports on this page were collated and kindly sent in for inclusion by B.F.

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