Scene from André Charlot's revue Keep Smiling
Royal Alhambra Theatre, London
Sepia tone photograph
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The revue Keep Smiling was another success for André Charlot who, in 1912, introduced spectacular revue to the Alhambra programmes. Rather than being a story set to music, the revue presented a series of songs, dances, sketches and burlesques, linked by a common theme or a topical reference. Revue was very fluid. Even after the first night, if a number didn't work it would be dropped and another tried. 'The Girl Who's Followed in the Street' was added early in 1914 into a scene called 'Tango Tease!', a pun on Tango teas. The Tango, with its sultry, sexy overtones, was the dance sensation of the time and Tango teas were held in all the fashionable hotels where respectable couples could follow the new craze. The photograph shows Marguerite Haney dressed in the height of 1913 fashion, with eight boys from the chorus.