WILL EVANS

Popular Comedian, Actor, Singer and Pantomime Dame





­­Will Evan was one of Britain’s finest comedians and Pantomime stars.

 

He was born 29th May 1873, the son of Frederick William Evans, the famous clown and acrobat. 

 

He was educated at Chelmsford and Winchester.

 

Will Evans made his first appearance on the stage of Drury Lane Theatre on 26th December 1881 as an animal impersonator in the pantomime Robinson Crusoe as well as appearing with his father in the Harlequinade.

 

He joined his father’s pantomime troupe, then known as Evans and Towers Troupe before going solo to appear in the London music halls.

 

Will Evans married the actress Ada Luxmore and together they became the eccentric music turn EVANS AND LUXMORE.    They first appeared at Gatti’s music hall, then the Alhambra and subsequently all the leading halls.

 

After the illness of his wife, Will continued with a single eccentric music turn and later with his burlesque sketches.  

 

He also teamed up with Barry Lupino and formed the duo LUPINO AND EVANS.

 

Will Evans appeared at all the leading hall in the United Kingdom, as well as the United States of America, Russia, Italy, France, Poland, Holland and Germany.

 

Will Evans became one of Britain’s finest Pantomime dames and appeared at Theatre Royal Drury Lane for six years.

 

He also appeared at the Gaiety Theatre, playing the part of Bill Dabsley in “After The Girl” and is the author of many sketches and songs.

 

SONGS THAT WILL EVANS SUNG:

 

THE A TO Z SONG

THE BARMAID’S LAMENT

BREACH OF PROMISE CASE

BUILDING THE CHICKEN HOUSE

COWCADDENS

THE DERBY WINNER

DEVLOPING A PHOTOGRAPH

DOWN AT THE GARDEN GATE

THE ENGLISHMAN

HARNESSING THE HORSE

HIDDEN TREASURE

I DO LOVE MYSELF, DON’T I?

IF I HAD A THOUSAND A YEAR

JIM!

THE JOCKEY

KNIGHT IN ARMOUR

LADY GODIVA

LAYING A CARPET

LUCINDA WRIGGLE

THE MERMAID

THE MISSING VERSE

MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS

PAPERING A HOUSE

PLAIN MRS DRIPPING

POLICE COURT JUSTICE

THE RAILWAY STATION SANDWICH

ROBINSON CRUSOE

SALOME

SHARP TIN TACKS

THE SNOWSTORM

THE SUFFRAGETTE

THAT’S DANGEROUS

WHITE WASHING A CEILING

YACHTING

YOU DON’T KNOW, I DON’T KNOW AND THEY DON’T KNOW

YOU PUT ME IN  MIND OF ME