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
THE DERBY WINNER
DEVLOPING A PHOTOGRAPH
DOWN AT THE GARDEN GATE
HARNESSING THE HORSE
I DO LOVE MYSELF, DON’T I?
IF I HAD A THOUSAND A YEAR
KNIGHT IN ARMOUR
LAYING A CARPET
THE MISSING VERSE
MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS
PAPERING A HOUSE
PLAIN MRS DRIPPING
POLICE COURT JUSTICE
THE RAILWAY STATION SANDWICH
SHARP TIN TACKS
WHITE WASHING A CEILING
YOU DON’T KNOW, I DON’T KNOW AND THEY DON’T KNOW
YOU PUT ME IN MIND OF ME