Music sheet cover
'She was a Clergyman's Daughter'
Sung by Ada Reeve
Printed by Francis, Day and Hunter, composed by Austin Rudd
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Ada Reeve gave her first performance at the age of four in the pantomime Red Riding Hood on Boxing Day 1878 at the Pavilion Theatre in London's Whitechapel. She went on to make her name in George Edwardes' musical comedies at the Gaiety Theatre in the 1890s when she appeared in The Shop Girl opposite Seymour Hicks. She continued to perform as a leading lady in successful shows including Floradora at the Lyric Theatre. ‘She Was a Clergyman’s Daughter’ was a risque but seemingly innocent music hall song about a clergyman's daughter who wasn't quite as naive or charitable as she made out. It was the type of song that Marie Lloyd sang so well with knowing winks and gestures. As we see from the photograph on the sheet music, Ada Reeve sang this in a demure costume of a beaded and flounced dress and bonnet. Ada Reeve’s career spanned over 70 years. She performed in comedy and vaudeville in South Africa, the USA and Australia. In 1935 she settled again in England appearing in cabaret, revue, theatre and, later on, film and television. She was a much admired performer well into her 70s and died in 1966 at the age of 92.