Miss Zena Dare

Some time ago, I posted some of my collection of movie photographs.  As you know, I love the vintage stuff – especially the vintage films!

While I was thumbing through the lovely Old Postcards shop (as you’ve probably noticed I love these too), I came across a ghost from the past – namely Zena Dare (in this case, pictured with her mother).

Now, as you will have seen from my old posts, for the most part the stars of the time are usually recogniseable.  Zena Dare however, was a name that I hadn’t heard before.

Zena Dare (born Florence Hariette Zena Dones) was born in 1887 in London, and in 1899 along with her sister Phyllis had her first performance on the London stage.  They both took the stage name of Dare.  From then on, her career was to last over six decades – only having a break when she married and raised 3 children.

Zena died in 1975, her sister following 6 weeks later.  Both their careers are well worth looking into, and there are some amazing pictures of them still in existence.  Here a just a few of mine.

Afternoon at the Theatre

Famous last words I say!  I said I wanted to go to the theatre more often..

In January I was excited to go to the theatre to see Pride and Prejudice.  This month, for the Mum’s birthday (a belated present) we went to see The Sound of Music with Connie Fisher as Maria and Michael Praed as Captain Von Trapp.

We were on the balcony, and boy was it high!  We had a great time, it was a really enjoyable show, and all the actors were good.  Our favourite was the Mother Superior though, as her voice was just beautiful.

We even managed to leave with a singing goat…don’t ask.  If you manage to catch the tour, do, it’s really worth seeing.

Those of you that are long-time readers will remember our love-affair with Austria, and the fact that The Sound of Music is the Mum’s favourite film, hence the special treat.

More from this blog about The Sound of Music.

Pride and Prejudice at the Theatre

I was lucky enough on Monday to get to see the first night of Pride and Prejudice, which was being performed at His Majesty’s Theatre, and starring Susan Hampshire as Mrs Bennet.

Those of you who have been reading this blog for some time will know that I love P&P, so this was a brilliant opportunity.

The theatre, which looked Victorian (but not sure of age) was lovely, we were only a few rows from the front.  The show was great, true to the story, though obviously squeezed down to two and a half hours, with some very funny and clever use of props, and cast members!  The garden scene with Lady Catherine de Bourgh was particularly memorable.

There was so much to take in, I almost wished that I could see it again, but it was on a limited run, so has now finished here.  I think it is touring the country though…

Note to self – must get to the theatre more often!