TOM LEAMORE

Popular Comedian, Eccentric Dancer and Singer





Tom Leamore was born on 24th August 1866.

 

It is reported that before treading the boards, he worked as a carver and gilder.


Tom's first stage appearance was at The Rodney Music Hall in 1880.   He soon established himself as one of Britain's leading comic singers and eccentric clog dancers and over a period of 57 years, he appeared in almost every principal London Music Hall and toured the provinces as well as Australia.


As well as taking part in a Royal Command Performance, towards the end of his life, Tom appeared on Television in two shows: Old Time Music Hall and Music Hall Cavalcade.

 

Tom's most popular song was PERCY FROM PIMLICO which he also composed himself and recorded.

 

Tom married three times:


FLORENCE PALMER on 3rd December 1889

 

Actress ROSE HAMILTON on 13th April 1896 but they later divorced.

 

MARY ANNE FLEMING on 13th November 1907

 

Tom Leamore passed away on 6th September 1939 and was laid to rest in the Variety Artistes plot at Streatham Park Cemetery alongside 200 or more of his theatrical friends.


 

A CHAT WITH TOM LEAMORE, taken from The Era 1894.

Mr Tom Leamore is an interesting example of what ability and industry, without any other aid, may achieve on the variety stage.    He is still on the right side of thirty, and fifteen years ago occupied – as he is not ashamed to tell you – an extremely humble position in the world of commerce.   

 

Not to put too fine a point on it, he was a useful boy to a firm of carvers and gilders.   But he was badly stage-struck, inclining rather to the variety than to the historic stage.  Perhaps the very small price of admission to the music halls in his vicinity endeared them to him.

 

At Harwood’s Varieties for instance, not only were there two houses a night, but there was a second price at ten o’clock, which for a penny, gave one an hour’s enjoyment.  Sometimes the coppers “petered out” as the miners say, and then the artful Leamore would glue his ear to a crevice in the stage door, whereat the music and songs were plainly audible.    By this means, at fourteen years of age, he was a master of the while repertory of contemporary songs.   Soon he began to think his knowledge and facility might be turned to account.    He haunted small concert rooms and free and easy entertainments.   The old Rodney was a favourite resort.   He would get a couple of shillings for a nights work and on special occasions, sometimes three and four.

 

In those days too, a curious form of entertainment flourished that has, in the meantime, succumbed to the jealousy of the proprietors of say, the Central Hall, Bishopsgate, and on Saturday or Monday organise a variety entertainment, supplied mostly by semi-professional performers, the fee for whose services was five shillings or three half crowns.

 

Mr Leamore used to annex any popular song of the day, and adapt it to his own characteristics, apropos of which he desires to impress upon you that the manner of his performance today was the manner of his performance in his boyhood.            There is a remarkable similarity in the style of Mr Leamore and one or two other artistes, who shall be nameless.    Mr Leamore absolutely declines to enter into any bootless discussion as to the originator of this particular style.   Perhaps it occurred to all the performers simultaneously and indeed, why not?    But what he is desirous of stating very emphatically is that his characteristics are of a natural development and are not copied from any other performers whatsoever.     In his youth, Mr Leamore was an admirable dancer, in clogs or on sand.     The latter exhibition has gradually fallen into decay, for a sand-strewn stage was dangerous to other performances.    In his time Mr Leamore has posed as the clog-dancing champion.   He still introduces a step or two of a dance into his performance;  and indeed, there are some audiences that will not let him leave the stage still he has obliged them with a salutatorian specimen as a reminder of old times.            But he is quite willing to let his dancing be forgotten.

 

Popular though clog dancing was with audiences at one time, the performer could never command a really large salary; and Mr Leamore is of opinion that the practice of this art is very injurious.   Go through all the famous clog dancers, and you will find that none have put on flesh.

 

Mr Leamore’s first engagement of any note, was at The Star, Bermondsey, some ten years ago.  He is wont to speak of this as his “first appearance.” For it was, in fact, his first appearance as a weekly salary in a music hall with proper entertainment in the way of a band and so forth.   Mr Leamore stormed the citadel.  He walked into The Star one Saturday, with his properties in a bag and his pedestal over his shoulder, approached the proprietor, and boldly stated that he had come to do a trial turn.    The proprietor declared that he was full up:  but accidental favoured young Leamore.  There proved eventually to be a turn short, and he was permitted to give a show.   It went on so well that he was allowed to remain for a week, his remuneration to be settled at the end thereof.    Mr Leamore judged by the success he made that his reward would be £4 or £5, and it was a terrible shock to him to receive 15 shillings.   A long argument followed as to his youth, inexperience, and obscurity, and as to the delight with which he ought to accept any opening.   In the event, Leamore gave way, and agreed to stay at The Star on the same terms.   His engagement ran into weeks and even months, and procured him other appearances in halls of similar style and circumstances.

 

Mr Leamore had now completely abandoned carving and gilding.  Sometimes there was a great gaps between his engagements, but he held out.   Sometimes he encountered serious disabilities.   He will never forget being the last turn at The Hammersmith, and having to walk home to the east of London night after night.

 

By and by Mr Leamore got a certain celebrity status in the provinces.   For the better part of five years he went an annual round.   A performance in the Cardiff pantomime did him a great deal of good in the respect of getting him favourable press notices and so on.

 

Curiously enough, Mr Leamore has never since appeared in Pantomime, although opportunity has not lacked.   He tells you frankly that he did not enjoy his pantomime engagement.   All his surroundings were strange;  and he declares that the other members of the company never missed an opening to score off his ignorance.   But brighter days were in store.   Towards the end of the eighties Mr Leamore was fulfilling an engagement at Harwood’s, when he attracted the notice of Mr Didcott, who declared that he was a lad of promise, and instantly procured him an engagement at the Trocadero.    From that day to this Mr Leamore has not left London except to fulfil a few engagements in the provinces that do not aggregate three months.    He owes a good deal to the fact that he is even more popular in the East end than at the West.   The result is that whenever a change seems beneficial he can retire from the West end to the East.

 

To Mr Sam Adams Mr Leamore owed his next step.   They were short of a turn at the Pavilion, and sent across the road.   Mr Adams summoned Mr Leamore, and bade him accept the engagement, giving him a hint as to the most suitable songs in his repertory to sing.   At the Pavilion Mr Leamore made a great success.  He is now nearing the end of his contracts there extending over a period of five years; and he has the assurance that a re-engagement for a further period of three years awaits his acceptance.   Mr Leamore has strong views on the subject of songs.  He thinks it most reprehensible folly on the part of any performer to work a song to death.   “Why,” he says “there are artists who come to the Pavilion now with songs that they have sung every night for twenty years.  As soon as I have sung a song in one place for eight weeks, I begin to think about its successor.  There is, of course, a vast deal of difficulty in getting good songs.  I have tried, I should think, a dozen songs at the Tivoli during the past two months.  I wanted to please to please them with a novelty, for I have not felt that I was gripping the audience to my satisfaction, and I am very sensitive on that point.   I feel that I have just go hold of my audience as my visit draws to a close.   I will tell you another odd thing.   There was a song called ‘The Cabman,’ which had proved one of the greatest successes I ever knew at the East end.   Well, at the Tivoli it fell as flat as dishwater.    I write all my own patter – at least, I don’t write it, but I think it out and commit it to memory in my own way.   It develops from night to night and the patter I use the first time I sing a song is very different from the patter I use the last time I sing it.   You can’t get good patter written for you – I’ve tried the experiment, and it was not a success.   Patter, I may tell you, is very trying to the throat.   I’ve suffered a good deal with my throat during this year, and I attribute it chiefly to the strain of the patter.   You see, I’ve worked so hard during the past five years – rarely fewer than four times a night and sometimes six.   What do songs cost me?  Well, I should say a hundred a year, taking one with another.   A brougham comes to about another hundred and fifty, and is indispensible when you are working many turns.   The, one’s wardrobe costs something, even if it consists of rags.   The old clothes man where I deal will put on one side a dress suit that seems my style, and you may depend upon it I pay more than another when I look in.   Oh, our expenses are heavy.  They make, I reckon, a hole in ten pounds a-week before you touch for yourself.”

 


Now follow the theatrical footsteps of TOM LEAMORE:

 

1880

Rodney Music Hall.

 

1882

The Star, Bermondsey

The Middlesex, London

The Trocadero.

 

1888

Britannia Music Hall with Marie Lloyd

 

Feb 1889

Gattis Music Hall, Charing Cross Road.

 

Mar 1889

New Star, Bristol

 

Nov 1889

Tom appeared in his first Pantomime PRETTY LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD at The Royal, Cardiff under the direction of Edward Fletcher. He played the part of  Lively Boy.

 

April 1890

Appeared at The Variety, Hoxton with his second wife ROSE HAMILTON.

 

Jun 1890

Bedford Palace of Varieties, Camden.

 

Jul 1890

Collins Music Hall, Islington with Harry Randall.

 

Jul 1890  

Empire Palace, Southampton with Alice Leamar.

 

Aug 1890

Variety, Hoxton.

 

Sep 1890

London Pavilion with Marie Collins.

 

Oct 1890

The Royal, London.

 

Dec 1890  

The Oxford, London with Austin Rudd, Marie Lloyd, Johnny Dwyer and an act of ponies, dogs and a performing bear.

 

Feb 1891

The Oxford, London

 

Mar 1891

Collins Music Hall, London.

 

Apr 1891

The Star with Polly Newbury

The Philharmonic, Cardiff

 

Jul 1891

New Tivoli Theatre with Jenny Hill, Albert Chevalier.Lizzie Collins and Bessie Bellwood.

 

Sep 1891

The Cambridge

 

Mar 1892

The Oxford Music Hall in aid of the 11th Annual  Benefit of The Metropolitan and City Police  Orphanage with Dan Leno, Marie Lloyd, George  Robey, Nellie Navette and T. E. Dunville.

 

Apr 1892

The Metropolitan

 

Jun 1892

The Cambridge with Dan Leno, Harry Champion and  his 2nd wife Rose Hamilton.

 

Aug 1892

Tom sung I WAS AWFULLY PLEASED at The Pavilion.

 

Feb 1893

The New Oxford Music Hall.

The Sketch reports:   Then there was Mr. Tom Leamore whose clothes suggested that he had just met with a cab accident:  he gave a song, and then danced as if he had laid a wager that he could shake himself in pieces in five minutes, which is a form of high art in step-dancing.


Mar 1893

The London Paviliion

 

Jun 1893

The Star, Liverpool

 

Jul 1893

London Pavilion with Vesta Victoria & Marie Loftus.

 

Sep 1893  

The Oxford with Marie Lloyd and Little Tich.

 

Oct 1893  

A benefit at the Freemans Tavern in aid of the Retail Newsagent and Booksellers Union.

 

Jan 1894   

New Foresters Music Hall with Eva Bell

 

Feb 1894  

London Music Hall

 

Mar 1894  

Tom became a regular at Sadlers Wells under the    direction of George Belmont with Lizzie Leamore.    Sang THE BROKERS MAN and THE TALLYMAN

The Eden Theatre of Varieties, London.

 

Apr 1894  

South London Palace with Tom Costello and Marie Lloyd

 

May 1894  

A benefit at the Holborn Town Hall in aid of the    Royal Albert Orphan Asylum, Bagshot, Surrey.

 

Jun 1894  

 The Britannia Music Hall, London

 

Jul 1894  

 The Queens Theatre, London

Foresters Music Hall

 

Aug 1894

The Oxford

London Pavilion

 

Sep 1894  

 The Tivoli Theatre.   Tom sang I WISH I STOPPED WITH MOTHER TILL MY  HAIR TURNED GREY

The Oxford.  Tom sang OH ELIZA and CABBY

Sadlers Wells

The Britannia.  A benefit with Mrs Sara Lane.

 

Oct 1894

Tom stood in for Sam Dearing at The Olympic

 

Nov 1894

Anniversary event at The Foresters.  Tom appeared  on the same bill as Charlie Chaplin, Tom Costello and  Marie Kendall.

The Empire Theatre, Brighton

 

Dec 1894  

The Variety Theatre, Hoxton.

The Cambridge; a star studded annual benefit.

South London Music Hall with Daisy Wood.

 

Jan 1895  

The Queens, Poplar

Cambridge Music Hall with Fannie Leslie

The London Paviliion

 

Feb 1895  

Tom sang YOULL SOON BE DEAD at the Oxford.

 

Mar 1895

Tom was doing 5 turns a night this month and sang MY INTENDED at 3 big syndicate halls plus the Cambridge and South London Music Hall

The Oxford with T.E. Dunville, Marie Collins & Little Chip.

 

Apr 1895  

The Royal West London with Mark Sheridan

 

May 1895  

South London Music Hall with Tom Wootwell.

 

Jun 1895

The South London Palace.

 

Jul 1895

The London Pavilion

 

Aug 1895

 

The London Pavilion with Dan Leno, Bessie Bellwood, Marie Lloyd.

 

Tom sang THEY RE ALL DODGING ME at The Tivoli.

 

 

Sep 1895

 

The Oxford

 

Tom sings DRIVE AWAY DULL CARE at The London Pavilion

 

The Tivoli with Dan Leno, Marie Lloyd and James Fawn

 

 

Oct 1895

 

The Middlesex with Tom Costello

 

 

Nov 1895

 

The Hammersmith Palace of Varieties

 

 

Dec 1895

 

Eastern Empire with Leo Dryden

 

Sadlers Wells

 

 

Feb 1896

 

Tom unwell and unable to perform.

 

 

April 1896

 

The Grand, Clapham with Harry Randall

 

Dec 1896

 

The Surrey Music Hall.

 

 

Jan 1897

 

The South London Music Hall with Marie Lloyd

 

The Royal Standard

 

Feb 1897

The Tivoli

 

Mar 1897

The London Pavilion

 

Apr 1897

The Royal Cambridge at the laying of a foundation stone.

The Bedford with The Dryden Company.

 

Jun 1897

The Empire, Brighton

 

Jul 1897

The Grand, Newcastle

The Empire, Glasgow

 

Sep 1897

The Tivoli, Liverpool with Arthur Albert

A Gala Night at The Oxford with Dano Leno and R. G. Knowles.

 

Oct 1897

The Oxford with Bessie Wentworth

The Queens, poplar

 

Nov 1897

The Oxford with George Mozart and George Robey

The Bedford, Camden Town

The Grand, Clapham with Kate Carney and Will Evans

 

Feb 1898

The Oxford with Harry Tate and Arthur Reece

 

Mar 1898

The Oxford with Joe Elvin, Florrie Forde and Mark Melford

The Royal Standard

 

Apr 1898

The Royal Standard with Lottie Lennox

 

Jul 1898

The London, Middlesex

 

Aug 1898

The Canterbury with Dan Leno, Alice Lloyd and The Macnaugtons.

Tom sang IVE BEEN LEFT IN CHARGE at The Paragon.

 

Sep 1898

The London Pavilion

 

Oct 1898

Tom attended a Benefit in aid of needy survivors of the Light Brigade, Balaclava at The Queens Hall, London with Marie Lloyd and Kitty Loftus.

The Oxford with Harry Randall

Tom sung PERCY FROM PIMLICO at The London Pavilion

 

Nov 1898

The Royal, Woolwich

 

Jan 1899

Tom sang TERRIBLE THINGS IN THE PAPER and LITTLE JIM THE CHIMNEY SWEEP at The London Pavilion.

 

Feb 1899

Tom appeared with Alec Hurley and Fred Russell in an Annual Concert for the Inmates of Islington Workhouse.

The Granville, Walham Green.

 

Mar 1899

The Cambridge

 

Apr 1899

The Tivoli with Dan Leno, Harry Randall, Will Evans

 

Jun 1899

The Oxford with Bert Gilbert, Dan Leno.

Tom sang IS THAT YOU at Sadlers Wells

The Middlesex with Marie Lloyd

The Metropolitan with George Robey and Ernest Shand

 

Jul 1899

The Empire Palace, Nottingham with Arthur Lennard

The Empire, Stratford with The Sisters Lloyd and Pablo Diaz

 

Aug 1899

The Granville, Walham Green

The Star Bermondsey

 

Oct 1899

The London Pavilion

The London, Shoreditch

 

Nov 1899

The Bedford Palace of Varieties, Camden

COURT

 

Dec 1899

Hammersmith Palace of Varieties

The Palace, Camberwell

 

Feb 1900

The London Pavilion

 

Mar 1900

The Empire, Birmingham

 

Apr 1900

The New Empire, Bradford

The Bedford, London

The Empress, London

Collins Music Hall, Islington

The Granville, Walham Green

The London Pavilion

Tom was performing at five halls a night at this time

 

May 1900

The Bedford Palace, Camden Town with George Lashwood

The London Pavilion

The Empire, Cardiff

 

Jul 1900

The Oxford with Vesta Tilley, Harry Randall and Gus Elen

 

Aug 1900

The Oxford with Gus Elen and Charles Bignell

South London Music Hall with G.H. Macdermott

The Britannia Music Hall, Hoxton

 

Sep 1900

The Britannia Music Hall, Hoxton with Harry Gold

The Eastern Empire – a two night benefit for Sydney Arthur

The Palace of Varieties, Camberwell

 

Oct 1900

The Gaiety Theatre, Birmingham with Witty Watty Walton

 

Nov 1900

Hammersmith Palace of Varieties

Palace of Varieties, Camberwell

The London Pavilion

 

Dec 1900

Collins Music Hall, Islington with Lily Burnand and Austin Rudd

The Oxford with T.E. Dunville and Fred Russell

 

Jan 1901

The Oxford Music Hall with G. H. Chirgwin and Pat Rafferty

Collins Music Hall, Islington with Gus Elen

The Canterbury with Mark Melford

The Middlesex with Fred Leslie

 

Feb 1901

The Bedford with Wal Pink, Kate Carney and Austin Rudd

The London Pavilion with Beattie Kent and Michael Nolan.

The Alhambra, Belfast


Tom was attacked on 28th Feb by a gang of ruffians.

 

Mar 1901

The Empress Theatre of Varieties, Brixton with May Henderson

 

May 1901

The Empire, Cardiff

The Empire, Newport

The Empire, Nottingham

 

Jul 1901

The Britannia Music Hall, Hoxton

 

Aug 1901

The Canterbury with Kate Carney

The Oxford

 

Sep 1901

The Empress Palace of Varieties, Brixton with The Kellinos

The Tivoli, Manchester with Lily Morris

The Britannia, Hoxton. A Variety Concert with G. H. Chirgwin

 

Oct 1901

The Tivoli with Vera Vere and Fred Russell

Sadlers Wells

The Empress Palace of Varities, Brixton with Marie Kendall

South London Music Hall with Fred Keaton

 

Dec 1901

The Gaiety Theatre, Birmingham

The Metropolitan, London with Lottie Collins

 

Jan 1902

The Tivoli, London

The Metropolitan, London. Tom played a distressed jilted bride.

 

Feb 1902

Tom sang I CAN QUICKLY MAKE THEM DISAPPEAR and NOW IVE GOT

THE RHINO at The Alhambra, Brighton.

 

Mar 1902

The Oxford with Pat Rafferty

The London Pavilion. An annual benefit with Ada Reeve.

 

May 1902

The Tivoli with Arthur Reece and George Mozart

The London Pavilion with Gus Elen and Little Tich

 

Jun 1902

Tom sings THE WINDOW CLEANER at The Empire, Cardiff

The Empire, Swansea

The Empire, Newport with Cliff Ryland

 

Jul 1902

The Palace, Leicester with Will Evans

The Palace, Manchester with Marie Free

 

Aug 1902

The Empire, Newcastle upon Tyne with Lily Burnand

The Empire, Liverpool with Alice Lloyd

The Empire Theatre of Varieties, Bradford

 

Oct 1902

The Standard, Pimlico

The Queens, Poplar with Harry Champion and Johnny Dwyer

 

Dec 1902

Tom attend the 9th Annual Bohemian Concert of Emmanuels Cricket

Club at Wellington Hall (Eyre Arms).

 

Jan 1903

The Oxford with Marie Lloyd

 

Apr 1903

The Tivoli, Manchester

 

May 1903

The Standard, Pimlico

The Euston with George Mozart

The Tivoli, London with Florrie Forde

The Canterbury with Kate Carney

The Metropolitan with Lily Morris and Ethel Dove

 

Jun 1903

The Oxford with Belle Davis

The Canterbury

 

Jul 1903

The Oxford with Alec Hurley

The Empire, Birmingham with Little Tich

 

Aug 1903

The Palace, Manchester with R. G. Knowles

The Palace, Hull

The Euston, London with Marie Lloyd and Morny Cash

 

Sep 1903

The Empire, Sheffield

 

Nov 1903

The Oxford with Bransby Williams, Happy Fanny Fields

The Tivoli, Manchester with Wal Pink

 

Dec 1903

The Tivoli with Marie Lloyd and Will Evans

 

Jan 1904

The London, Shoreditch

 

Feb 1904

The New Cross Empire

 

Mar 1904

Tom sang THE TURKISH BATH, HE WENT AWAY and IM GOING

TO SEA at The Empire, Stratford.

 

Apr 1904

The Empire, Nottingham with Marie Duma

The Canterbury with Lottie Lennox

The Palace, Leicester with Ben Albert

 

May 1904

The Tivoli, London with Marie Lloyd, George Robey.

The Metropolitan, London

The Canterbury, London

 

Jul 1904

The Tivoli, Manchester

The Middlesex, London

 

Aug 1904

The Granville, Walham Green with Tom Costello

 

Sep 1904

The Terriss

 

Feb 1905

Tom sang BRAVERY at The Canterbury

Collins Music Hall, Islington

 

Mar 1905

The London Pavilion

 

Jun 1905

The Palace Theatre, Bordesley

The Tivoli, Manchester with Sable Fern

The Empire, Swansea

The Empire, Nottingham

 

Jul 1905

Tom was SUED

 

Aug 1905

The Palace, Camberwell with Charles Clarke.

The Palace, Walthamstow

Tom sang WHAT A FOOL I WAS TO MARRY LIZA at Collins

Music Hall, Islington

 

Sep 1905

South London Music Hall

 

Nov 1905

The Tivoli, Manchester

 

Dec 1905

Tom sang LOOK WHAT SHES DONE FOR ME and IM BERTIE at the

Islington Empire.

The Marlborough

Tom played Ali Baba in the Pantomime THE FORTY THIEVES and sang

TALLY HO and PET OF THE BALLET.

 

Mar 1906

Tom was declared Bankrupt!

Tom sang THATS WHAT IVE DONE FOR ENGLAND at The Empress, Brixton

Tom sang THE PARK KEEPER at The South London Music Hall.

Palace of Varieties, Northampton

 

Apr 1906

The Cambridge with Billy Williams

The Hippodrome, Ealing.

 

May 1906

The Tivoli, London

The Canterbury with Sam Mayo

 

Aug 1906

The Opera House, York

 

Sep 1906

Kings Theatre, Gateshead upon Tyne

 

Dec 1906

Tom attended the 44th anniversary of Collins Music Hall, Islington

 

Jan 1907

The Palace Theatre of Varieties, Stoke Newington

 

Mar 1907

The Oxford with Victoria Monks, Marie Lloyd and Dan Crawley.

The Metropolitan with Arthur Roberts, Bransby Williams

 

Apr 1907

The Hippodrome, Ipswich

The Metropolitan with Harry Randall.

 

Jul 1907

The Queens, Poplar

 

Oct 1907

Tom attended a Benefit at The Paragon with Little Tich.

 

Nov 1907

The London Pavilion

Tom sang A SINGLE MAN and RUFUS at The Palace, Camberwell

 

Jan 1908

The Palace and Hippodrome, Cardiff

The Palace, Blackburn

 

Feb 1908

The Palace, Blackburn

The Palace, Bradford

The Oxford

 

Mar 1908

Tom attended a Benefit for The Metropolitan Hospital at

the Palace Theatre of Varieties, Stoke Newington

The Hippodrome, Putney

 

Apr 1908

The Palace, Manchester

The Palace, Bristol with The Brothers Lavelle

 

Jun 1908

The Hippodrome, Rotherhithe with Nellie Stratton

 

Jul 1908

The Empress, Brixton with Sam Mayo

The Euston

 

Aug 1908

The London Pavilion with T. E. Dunville

 

Oct 1908

The Regent Theatre, Salford

The Hippodrome, Ealing

 

Nov 1908

The Palace, Camberwell with Austin Rudd and Gertie Gitana

 

Dec 1908

The London Pavilion

 

Jul 1909

The Alhambra, Brighton with Harry Lauder

 

Jan 1910

Chelsea Palace with T.E. Dunville

 

Feb 1910

The Empire, Birmingham with Marie Kendall

The Coliseum, Glasgow

New Royal Theatre, Birkenhead

 

Mar 1910

Tom attended a Benefit for Johnny Alexander at The Empire, Camberwell

The Grand, Clapham with Queenie Leighton.

 

Apr 1910

The Kings Theatre, Edinburgh

 

May 1910

The Olympia Theatre, Liverpool

COURT

 

Jun 1910

The Palace Theatre, Leicester with Ben Albert

 

Jul 1910

The Palace Theatre, Clacton on Sea with Ernie Lotinga

 

Sep 1910

The Empire, Sunderland

The Empire, Glasgow with Fanny Moody.

 

Oct 1910

The Empire, Camberwell

 

Feb 1911

The Empire, Swansea with Chung Ling Soo

The Empire, Newport

 

Apr 1911

The Empire, Kingston

The Empire, Bradford

The Palace, Chelsea  with G. H. Chirgwin

 

Jun 1911

The Empire, Arwick with Gertie Gitana

 

Jul 1911

The Granville, London with Archie Pitt

 

Oct 1911

Tom signs up to a syndicate company.

The East Ham Palace.

 

Mar 1913

The Palace, Hammersmith with Maidie Scott

 

Apr 1913

The Bedford, London with Harry Claff

 

Sep 1913

Tom sang THE BARMAN and THE PARK KEEPER at The Palace, Luton.

 

Dec 1913

The Palace, Chelsea.

COURT

 

Jan 1914

The Grand, Clapham

The Hippodrome, Lewisham

 

Apr 1914

The Empress Palace of Varieties, Brixton.

 

May 1914

A benefit is held in honour of Tom Leamore

 

Sep 1914

The Metropolitan with Walter Passmore, Duncan and Godfrey.

The Hippodrome, Golders Green with G. H. Chirgwin

 

Oct 1914

The Empire, Longton

 

Nov 1914

The Empress, Brixton

 

Dec 1914

The Hippodrome, Manchester

The Euston, London with George Mozart

 

Jan 1915

The Imperial Palace, London with Johnny Dwyer

 

Feb 1915

The Hippodrome, Aldershot

 

Mar 1915

The Royal Hippodrome, Preston

 

Oct 1915

Tom entertains wounded soldiers at The Kingston Empire.

The Empire and Hippodrome, Bristol

Tom performs at a Benefit for David Crombie at Bristol Empire.

 

Nov 1915

The Palace, Luton

 

Dec 1915

The Granville, London with Rosalie Hamilton

The Hippodrome, Poplar

The London, Surrey with Charles Austin

 

Feb 1916

Tom performs at a Benefit for the dependants of Islington Battalion.

 

Mar 1916

Tom performs for the residents of Brinsworth House

 

Apr 1916

The Pavilion, Glasgow

The Coliseum, Dublin

The Palace, Hammersmith

Tom performs to patients at Springfield War Hospital, Wandsworth.

 

Jun 1916

The Hippodrome, Balham with Cissie Lupino

The Hippodrome, Birkenhead

Tom performs to wounded soldiers in Eastbourne.

 

Jan 1917

The Granville, London with Lily Langtry

Tottenham Music Hall with Marie Lloyd

Palace, East Ham

 

Mar 1917

The Palace, Luton

 

Apr 1917

The Kings Theatre, Aberdeen with Arthur Haynes

 

Oct 1917

The Metropolitan

 

Nov 1917

The Palace, Luton

 

Jan 1919

The Hippodrome, Putney

 

Apr 1919

The Hippodrome, Willesden

The Empire, Edmonton

 

May 1919

The Metropolitan with Those Four Kids and Daisy Jerome.

 

Jun 1919

The Hippodrome, Aston with Johnny Dwyer

The Hippodrome, Coventry with Irma Lorraine

 

Aug 1919

The Palace, Hammersmith with Harry Tate and May Henderson

 

Nov 1919

Town Hall, Pontypridd

 

Mar 1920

The Empire, Smethwick

The Hippodrome, Queens Park, Manchester

 

Jul 1920

The Empire, Edmonton with Mark Coney

 

Aug 1920

The Hippodrome, Rotherhithe with Jack Dawe

 

Sep 1920

The London, Shoreditch with Dolly Varden

 

Feb 1921

The London, Shoreditch with Harry Claff

 

Jun 1921

The Empire, Islington

 

Sep 1921

The London, Shoreditch

 

Feb 1922

The London Shoreditch

 

Apr 1924

Tom leaves for a tour of Australia.

 

Jan 1924

The Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne.

 

Jul 1924

Tom joins up with fellow artistes to perform at the Palace, Ramsgate before  touring for three weeks on the Isle of Man.  His fellow artistes include Tom Costello, Marie Collins, Johnny Dwyer, Florrie Robina, Arthur Albert, Maggie Rimmer, Harry Wentburn and T.W. Barrett.

 

Dec 1924

The London, Shoreditch

 

Apr 1925

The Palace, St Albans

 

May 1925

The Palace, Peterborough

 

Jul 1925

The Empire, Holborn with Rosie Lloyd

 

Sep 1925

The London, Shoreditch

 

Dec 1925

The Palace, Camberwell with Clarice Mayne

 

Dec 1925 -Jan 1926

Tom played the dame in George Wayne’s pantomime CINDERELLA at The Palace, Ramsgate. Tom played Maggie, the Barons second wife.

Tom did an early turn, with two songs and expert dancing at Victoria Palace.

The London, Shoreditch with Marie Kendall and Robb Wilton.

 

Feb 1926

The Empire, East Ham

The Empire, West Ham

 

Jul 1926

The Electroscope Cinema, High Wycombe

 

Oct 1926

The Metropolitan with Lily Morris and May Henderson

 

Dec 1926

The London Shoreditch with Marie Kendall and Tom Costello.

 

May 1927

Tom performed for The Jewish Home for Incurables, Whitechapel

Hospital and several other good causes this month.

The Tivoli with Harry Tate, Joe Elvin and Eugene Stratton

 

Aug 1937

The Empire, Watford with Lottie Lennox

 

Oct 1927

The Hippodrome, Exeter.

 

Dec 1927

The London, Shoreditch with Marie Lloyd Junior.

 

Feb 1928

The Pavilion, Ramsgate with Gandeys Circus

 

Mar 1928

The Hippodrome, Leeds with Hetty King, Gertie Gitana.

 

Apr 1928

The Empire, Watford with Bransby Williams

The Bedford, London with Kate Carney, May Henderson

The Granville, Walham Green with Kate Carney

 

May 1928

The Palace, Tottenham

 

Jun 1928

Her Majestys, Walsall with Fred Karnos company

 

Jul 1928

West End Cinema, with Harry Fowler

Nov 1928

The Coliseum, Portsmouth

The Shakespeare, Clapham

 

Jan 1929

The Palace, Bath with Rube Peters and Darroll Richards

 

Mar 1929

The Shoreditch, London

 

May 1929

The Granville, Walham Green

 

Aug 1929

The Queens, Poplar

 

Dec 1929

The Empire, Holborn with Randolph Sutton

 

Jan 1930

The Metropolitan with Harry Champion

The Lions Cinema, Rotherhithe

The Britannia Music Hall, Hoxton

 

Feb 1930

The Coliseum, Portsmouth

 

May 1930

The Empire, Islington with Dick Henderson

 

Jun 1930

The Grand, Clapham with May Henderson and Gertie Gitana.

 

Oct 1931

The Palace, Aberdeen

 

Mar 1932

The Palace, Camberwell with Archie Glen

Sep 1933

The Regent, Tooting

Tom appeared on TV on 19th and 20th Sept with Sara Allgood.

 

Nov 1933

The Garrick Theatre, London with Marie Kendall and Tom Costello.

 

Dec 1933

The South London Music Hall

The Granville, London

 

Mar 1934

The Queens, Poplar

 

May 1934

The Gaumont, Hammersmith with Ida Barr and Arthur Reece

 

Jun 1934

The Gaumont Palace, Wood Green

 

Jul 1934

The Palace, Chelsea

The Hippodrome, Ilford

The Trocadero, London

The Elephant and Castle

 

Aug 1934

The Regal, East Ham

 

Feb 1935

The Gaumont, Hammersmith with Harry Bedford

 

Mar 1935

Tom was unwell and unable to perform this month

 

Dec 1935

The Grand, Clapham at Harry Champions Birthday Party show.

 

Mar 1936

The Palace, South London

 

Apr 1936

The Queens, Poplar with Gracie Grahame

The Granville, London

 

Jul 1936

The Olympia, Dublin

 

Aug 1936

The Empress, Brixton

 

Oct 1936

The New South London Palace with Alice, Rosie, Daisy Lloyd

 

Dec 1936

The Palace, Southampton with Harry Champion

 

May 1937

South London Palace with George Mozart

 

Aug 1937

The New, Northampton with Talbot O Farrell

The Hippodrome, Margate

 

Nov 1937

The Empire, Woolwich.

Tom joined The Old Timers touring company with fellow artistes Tom Costello,

George Mozart, Arthur Reece, James Stewart, Tom E. Finglass, Ada Cerito,

Nell Calvert and Lottie Lennox.

The Empire, Penge.

 

Dec 1937

Tom appeared with The Old Timers at The Olympia, Dublin.

Tom took part in the TV programme CALVALCADE OF MUSIC HALL which

Televised at Alexander Palace and starred George Mozart, Marie Kendall,

Lizzie Collins, Talbot O Farrell, Walter Williams, Charlie Lee and Sable Fern.

Tom also appeared in the TV New Years Eve Party with Sam Mayo and

Daisy Dormer.

 

Feb 1938

Tom appeared with The Old Timers at The Hippodrome, Norwich.

 

Apr 1938

Tom appeared with The Old Timers at The South London Palace.

 

Aug 1938

Tom took part in a revue called TIME MARCHES ON at The Hippodrome,

Southampton.

 

Oct 1938

TIME MARCHES ON at The Empire, Birmingham.

 

Nov 1938

Tom is invited to take part in The Royal Command Performance and do

The Lambeth Walk with Lupino Lane and a host of other veterans.

 

Dec 1938

TIME MARCHES ON at Hackney Empire and The New Theatre, Cardiff.

Collins Music Hall, Islington.

 

Aug 1939

Tom takes part in FLASHBACKS OF 30 YEARS AGO with Wilkie Bard, Ida Barr and Lillie Lassah.

 

THE SONGS THAT TOM LEAMORE SANG:

 

PERCY FROM PIMLICO

THE BADEN POWELL SCOUT

THE BROKERS MAN

THE CAT MEATS MAN

DON’T CRY DADDY

A FAIR OLD BEANO

GALLANT DEEDS

GOLD GOLD GOLD

HI HI HI

THE HIRING SYSTEM

HUNDREDS OF INCHES FROM HOME

ILL NEVER LEAVE HOME ANY MORE

IM A DANDY

IM TAKING EM IN

I NEVER HEAR FROM THEM

THE INNOCENT WORM

I THOUGHT SHE WAS SO SHY

ITS ALRIGHT IN THE SUMMER

I USED TO BE POOR MYSELF

IVE BEEN LEFT IN CHARGE

IVE DODGED THE UNDERTAKERS UP UNTIL NOW

LAST NIGHT or THE POLICEMANS STORY

THE LIFEBOATMANS STORY

LOVE IN A TUB

MARY ANN

MY INTENDED

MY LOVELY SUSIE SUE

NEVER GET MARRIED TO A THING THEY CALL A MAN

OH LET ME HAVE ANOTHER GEORGIE

ONLY A PICTURE

OUT FOR A FAIR OLD BEANO

THE PLACE THEY CALL THE LUMP

THE POSTMANS RAT TAT

THE PROVATE TEC

RIP VAN WINKLE

THE SAD STORY

THE SANDWICH MAN

SARAH FROM THE BONE YARD

SERVING EM ALL ALIKE

SHES MY DAUGHTER

THE SHIPWRECKED CAPTAIN

SWEET LITTLE ROSE OF PERSIA

TALLY HO

THE TERRIBLE THINGS THE PAPERS SAY

THE VOLUNTEER

WE WE

WHAT A FRIEND, WHAT A SPORT

WHAT A FUNERAL

THE WINDOW CLEANER

YOU STICK TO THE SHIP MY LADS