A list of pierrot troupes and concert parties performing in Wales 1902-1938

The earliest reference that I have found to a pierrot troupe performing in Wales, is 1902 in Llandudno. In the following years, up until the Second World War, I have so far collated 49 professional troupes, performing in 12 locations around Wales between 1902 and 1939.

Undoubtedly, there were many more!  If you have any information or old photos or painting/engraving please contact us by email or use the Gallery form

Thank you – Diolch yn fawr!

For Llandudno – see the Pierrot Troupes in Llandudno page

Happy-Valley-Entertainers-1924-producer-harry-korris
Happy-Valley-Entertainers-1924-producer-harry-korris

Pierrots in North Wales

Barmouth

 

‘The Magnets’

‘Royal Magnet Band & Concert Party’

Pare & Bowden’s ‘M-M’s’

‘Serenaders’

Bert Delmar’s ‘Entertainers’

Bert Delmare's Entertainers, Barmouth, 1917
Bert Delmare's Entertainers, Barmouth, 1917
Pare & Bowden's Royal Magnets, Barmouth, 1920, (Front)
Pare & Bowden's Royal Magnets, Barmouth, 1920, (Front)
Pare & Bowden's Royal Magnets, Barmouth, 1920, (Back)
Pare & Bowden's Royal Magnets, Barmouth, 1920, (Back)
25 years of The Royal Magnets 1895 to 1920
25 years of The Royal Magnets 1895 to 1920
Edward Pare, Royal Magnets, Barmouth, 1912
Edward Pare, Royal Magnets, Barmouth, 1912
Pare & Bowden's Royal Magnets, Barmouth, 1918
Pare & Bowden's Royal Magnets, Barmouth, 1918
Royal Magnets, Barmouth, 1911
Royal Magnets, Barmouth, 1911
Edward Pare, Royal Magnets, Barmouth, 1912
Edward Pare, Royal Magnets, Barmouth, 1912
Pare & Bowden's Royal Magnet Band & Concert Party, Barmouth, 1906
Pare & Bowden's Royal Magnet Band & Concert Party, Barmouth, 1906
Pare & Bowden's Royal Magnets, Barmouth, 1922
Pare & Bowden's Royal Magnets, Barmouth, 1922
Pare & Bowden's Royal Magnets, Barmouth, 1922
Pare & Bowden's Royal Magnets, Barmouth, 1922
Pare & Bowden's Royal Magnets, Barmouth, 1917
Pare & Bowden's Royal Magnets, Barmouth, 1917
Royal Magnets, Barmouth, 1913, (Back) signed
Royal Magnets, Barmouth, 1913, (Back) signed

Bangor

 

Mr Will Summerson’s ‘Musical Middies’

‘Jack’s The Lad’

Jack's the Lad, Arcadia Bangor, 1939
Jack's the Lad, Arcadia Bangor, 1939
Mr Will Summerson's 'Musical Middies', Bangor
Mr Will Summerson's 'Musical Middies', Bangor
Mr Will Summerson's Musical Middies, Bangor Pier, Bangor
Mr Will Summerson's Musical Middies, Bangor Pier, Bangor

Beaumaris

 

Joe Hastings’ ‘Crystal Palace Pierrots’

Joe Hasting's 'Crystal Palace' Pierrots, Beaumaris, 1905
Joe Hasting's 'Crystal Palace' Pierrots, Beaumaris, 1905

Colwyn Bay

 

Harry Reynold’s ’Minstrels’ (& ‘Happy Coons’)

Harry Reynold’s ‘Royal Serenaders’

‘Catlin’s Pierrots’

‘The Novelty Bohemians’

‘Cardow’s Cadets’

Ernest Binns’ ‘Colwyn Follies’

‘Aubrey’s Lyrics’

Promenade and Pier postcard Colwyn Bay
Promenade and Pier postcard, Colwyn Bay
The Minstels Promenade and Pier postcard Colwyn Bay
The Minstels, Promenade and Pier postcard, Colwyn Bay
Colwyn Bay The Promenade colour postcard flat sea 1914
Colwyn Bay The Promenade, colour postcard, flat sea, 1914
Colwyn Bay promenade postcard colour
Colwyn Bay promenade, postcard, colour
Cardow's Cadets Colwyn Bay 1906
Cardow's Cadets, Colwyn Bay, 1906
Cardow's Cadets, Colwyn Bay
Cardow's Cadets, Colwyn Bay
Ernest Binns' Colwyn Follies 1935
Ernest Binns' Colwyn Follies, 1935
The Novelty Bohemians
The Novelty Bohemians
The Novelty Bohemians
The Novelty Bohemians
Harry Reynolds Royal Serenaders, Colwyn Bay 1910
Harry Reynolds Royal Serenaders, Colwyn Bay, 1910
Harry Reynolds Royal Serenaders, Colwyn Bay 1910
Harry Reynolds Royal Serenaders, Colwyn Bay, 1910
Harry Reynolds Royal Serenaders, Colwyn Bay, 1909
Harry Reynolds Royal Serenaders, Colwyn Bay, 1909
Unknown Pierrot troupe Colwyn Bay
Unknown Pierrot troupe Colwyn Bay
Harry Reynolds Serenaders Colwyn Bay 1914
Harry Reynolds Serenaders, Colwyn Bay, 1914
Harry Reynolds Royal Serenaders Colwyn Bay 1910
Harry Reynolds Royal Serenaders, Colwyn Bay, 1910
Harry Reynolds Royal Serenaders, Colwyn Bay 1910
Harry Reynolds Royal Serenaders, Colwyn Bay, 1910
Aubrey's Lyrics 1934
Aubrey's Lyrics 1934

Prestatyn

 

Arthur Alston’s ‘Prestatyn Pierrots’

W Aubrey’s’ Lyrics’

Arthur Alston's Pierrots (TBC), Prestatyn, 1911
Arthur Alston's Pierrots (TBC), Prestatyn, 1911
Arthur Alston's Pierrots, Prestatyn, 1908
Arthur Alston's Pierrots, Prestatyn, 1908
Arthur Alston's Pierrots (TBC), Prestatyn, 1919
Arthur Alston's Pierrots (TBC), Prestatyn, 1919
Arthur Aiston's Pierrots, Prestatyn, 1910
Arthur Aiston's Pierrots, Prestatyn, 1910
W Aubrey's Lyrics, Prestatyn
W Aubrey's Lyrics, Prestatyn
Arthur Alston's Pierrots (TBC), Prestatyn
Arthur Alston's Pierrots (TBC), Prestatyn
Arthur Aiston's Pierrots, Prestatyn (TBC), 1908
Arthur Aiston's Pierrots, Prestatyn (TBC), 1908
Arthur Alston's Pierrots, Prestatyn, 1914
Arthur Alston's Pierrots, Prestatyn, 1914
Arthur Alston's Pierrots, Prestatyn
Arthur Alston's Pierrots, Prestatyn
Walter Aubrey's Lyrics Prestatyn 1937
Walter Aubrey's Lyrics Prestatyn 1937
Unknown, Prestatyn (TBC), 1906
Unknown, Prestatyn (TBC), 1906

Rhyl

 

Gilbert Roger’s ‘Jovial Jesters’

‘Adeler & Sutton’s Pierrots’

EH Williams’ ‘Famous Rhyl Merrie Men’

WJ Churchill’s ‘Jolly Boys’

Billie Mander’s ‘Famous Quaintesques’

Bert H Delmar’s ‘Comets Company’

‘The Clarendon Pierrots’

Billie Mander's 'Quaintesques', Rhyl,
Billie Mander's 'Quaintesques', Rhyl,
Gilbert Roger's 'Jovial Jesters', Rhyl, 1911
Gilbert Roger's 'Jovial Jesters', Rhyl, 1911

Pierrots around Wales

Aberystwyth

 

‘Ellison’s Entertainers’

Harry Collins’ ‘Merry Mascot Minstrels’

Tom Johnson’s ‘Yachtsmen’

Catlin’s ‘’Royal Pierrots’

‘Uncle Tommy’s Minstrels’

The Pierrots, Aberystwyth
The Pierrots, Aberystwyth
Unknown entertainers -Two McLloyds - Aberystwyth
Unknown entertainers -Two McLloyds - Aberystwyth
Pierrots at Aberystwyth
Pierrots at Aberystwyth
Unknown, Aberystwyth
Unknown, Aberystwyth
The Pierrots, Aberystwyth
The Pierrots, Aberystwyth
Postcard Tom Johnson's Yachstmen, Aberystwyth, 1911 (front)
Postcard Tom Johnson's Yachstmen, Aberystwyth, 1911 (front)
Postcard Tom Johnson's Yachstmen, Aberystwyth, 1911 (back)
Postcard Tom Johnson's Yachstmen, Aberystwyth, 1911 (back)
Postcard Tom Johnson's Yachtsmen, Castle-Grounds, Aberystwyth 1912 (Front)
Postcard Tom Johnson's Yachtsmen, Castle-Grounds, Aberystwyth 1912 (Front)
Postcard Tom Johnson's Yachtsmen, Castle-Grounds, Aberystwyth 1912 (Back)
Postcard Tom Johnson's Yachtsmen, Castle-Grounds, Aberystwyth 1912 (Back)
Tom Johnson's Yachtsmen, Aberystwyth
Tom Johnson's Yachtsmen, Aberystwyth
Tom Johnson's Yachtsmen, Aberystwyth
Tom Johnson's Yachtsmen, Aberystwyth
Tom Johnson's Yachtmen, Aberystwyth, 1910
Tom Johnson's Yachtmen, Aberystwyth, 1910
Collins' Merry Mascot Minstrels, Elysian Grove, Aberystwyth, 1905
Collins' Merry Mascot Minstrels, Elysian Grove, Aberystwyth, 1905
Harry Collins' Merry Mascot Minstrels, Elysian Grove, Aberystwyth, 1906
Harry Collins' Merry Mascot Minstrels, Elysian Grove, Aberystwyth, 1906
Collins' Merry Mascot Minstrels, Elysian Grove, Aberystwyth, 1906
Collins' Merry Mascot Minstrels, Elysian Grove, Aberystwyth, 1906
Harry Collins' Merry Mascot, Aberystwyth, 1911
Harry Collins' Merry Mascot, Aberystwyth, 1911
Harry Collins' Merry Mascot, Aberystwyth, 1913
Harry Collins' Merry Mascot, Aberystwyth, 1913
Uncle Tommy's Merry Minstrels, Aberystwyth, 1939
Uncle Tommy's Merry Minstrels, Aberystwyth, 1939
Pierrots and Castle Hill, Aberystwyth, 1907
Pierrots and Castle Hill, Aberystwyth, 1907
Catlin's Pierrots, Aberystwyth, 1907
Catlin's Pierrots, Aberystwyth, 1907
Postcard Ellison's Entertainers, Aberystwyth, 1919 (back)
Postcard Ellison's Entertainers, Aberystwyth, 1919 (back)
Postcard Ellison's Entertainers, Aberystwyth, (front)
Postcard Ellison's Entertainers, Aberystwyth, (front)
Ellison's Entertainers, Aberystwyth, 1919 (front)
Ellison's Entertainers, Aberystwyth, 1919 (front)
Postcard Ellison's Entertainers, Aberystwyth, (back)
Postcard Ellison's Entertainers, Aberystwyth, (back)
Ellison's Entertainers, Aberystwyth, 1914
Ellison's Entertainers, Aberystwyth, 1914
Ellison's Entertainers, Aberystwyth, 1919 (Arthur-Carlton)
Ellison's Entertainers, Aberystwyth, 1919 (Arthur-Carlton)
Ellison's Entertainers, Aberystwyth, 1923
Ellison's Entertainers, Aberystwyth, 1923
Ellison's Entertainers, Castle Grounds, 1923, Aberystwyth, (back)
Ellison's Entertainers, Castle Grounds, 1923, Aberystwyth, (back)
Ellison's Entertainers, Aberystwyth, Pickford photo
Ellison's Entertainers, Aberystwyth, Pickford photo

Barry

 

‘Llanfairfechan (minstrels)’

‘The Penmaenmawr Pierrot’s’

A McAllister’s ‘Supremes’

A. McAllister's 'Supremes', Barry
A. McAllister's 'Supremes', Barry

Llandridnod Wells

 

The Hopkins’s ‘Rock Park Pierrots’

Harry Cove’s ‘Red Pierrots’

‘Adeler & Sutton’s Pierrots’

Adeler's Arcadians, near Pump Room, Llandrindod Wells. 1908. Woman is Mollie Mason
Adeler's Arcadians, near Pump Room, Llandrindod Wells. 1908. Woman is Mollie Mason
Adeler's Arcadians, TBC Mollie Mason, Herbert de Crez, maybe at Llandrindod Wells
Adeler's Arcadians, TBC Mollie Mason, Herbert de Crez, maybe at Llandrindod Wells
Llandrindod Wells, c.1908
Llandrindod Wells, c.1908
Adeler & Sutton's Pierrots, Llandrindod Wells
Adeler & Sutton's Pierrots, Llandrindod Wells
Adeler's Arcadians, TBC Mollie Mason, Will Blewitt, maybe at Llandrindod Wells
Adeler's Arcadians, TBC Mollie Mason, Will Blewitt, maybe at Llandrindod Wells
Llandrindod Wells, The Pump Room & Baths, Rock Park c.1908
Llandrindod Wells, The Pump Room & Baths, Rock Park c.1908
Ted Hopkins's Rock Park Pierrots
Ted Hopkins's Rock Park Pierrots
Ted Hopkins's Rock Park Pierrots 1909 with Claude Morton
Ted Hopkins's Rock Park Pierrots 1909 with Claude Morton
Adeler's Arcadians, Rock Park, Llandrindod Wells, 1907 or 1908
Adeler's Arcadians, Rock Park, Llandrindod Wells, 1907 or 1908
Adeler's Arcadians or Pierrots TBC, Llandrindod Wells
Adeler's Arcadians or Pierrots TBC, Llandrindod Wells
Llandridnod Wells, Rock Park & Pierrots
Llandridnod Wells, Rock Park & Pierrots
Prince's Pierrots, Rock Park, Llandrindod Wells 1904
Prince's Pierrots, Rock Park, Llandrindod Wells 1904
Adeler's Arcadians, Llandrindod Wells. Mollie Mason. Charliey Harvey R. Arthur Sutcliffe L
Adeler's Arcadians, Llandrindod Wells. Mollie Mason. Charliey Harvey R. Arthur Sutcliffe L
Adeler's Arcadians, Rock Park, Llandrindod Wells, 1907 or 1908, Maude Edwards as vent
Adeler's Arcadians, Rock Park, Llandrindod Wells, 1907 or 1908, Maude Edwards as vent
Harry Cove's Red Pierrots in the marquee, Llandrindod Wells, c1904
Harry Cove's Red Pierrots in the marquee, Llandrindod Wells, c1904
Princes Pierrots, TBC, Llandrindod Wells
Princes Pierrots, TBC, Llandrindod Wells

Mumbles

 

‘Tom Owen’s Pierrots’

Will Leslie’s ‘White Coons’

Tom Owen's Pierrots - Mumbles 1903
Tom Owen's Pierrots - Mumbles 1903

Porthcawl

 

‘The Blackbird Entertainers’

‘Ted Hopkins’ Pierrots’

Ted Hopkins' 'Royal Pierrots', Porthcawl, 1905
Ted Hopkins' 'Royal Pierrots', Porthcawl, 1905

Tenby

 

Billie Mander’s ‘Quaintesques’

‘The Gems’

Ernest Crompton’s ‘Curios’

‘Chums’

Warwick George’s ‘Glad Pilot’

‘The Gunners’

Bliss’s ‘Busy Bees’

‘The Nonentities’

Billie Mander's Quaintesques
Billie Mander's Quaintesques
Bliss's Busy Bees, De Valance Gardens, Tenby 1914
Bliss's Busy Bees, De Valance Gardens, Tenby 1914
Ernest Crampton's Curios, Tenby
Ernest Crampton's Curios, Tenby
The Gunners, Tenby
The Gunners, Tenby
Billie Mander's Quaintesques
Billie Mander's Quaintesques
Bliss's Busy Bees, Tenby, De Valance Gardens, 1914
Bliss's Busy Bees, Tenby, De Valance Gardens, 1914
The Cabaret Kittens, 1927 (back)
The Cabaret Kittens, 1927 (back)
The Nonentities, Tenby
The Nonentities, Tenby
Bert D'Albert, Coronation Gardens, Tenby
Bert D'Albert, Coronation Gardens, Tenby
Warwick George's Glad Pilots, Tenby
Warwick George's Glad Pilots, Tenby
Billie Mander's Quaintessques
Billie Mander's Quaintessques
Commander Offord's 'Follies of 1947', Tenby (back)
Commander Offord's 'Follies of 1947', Tenby (back)
The Cabaret Kittens, 1927 (front)
The Cabaret Kittens, 1927 (front)
Tom E Roma's Chums, Tenby
Tom E Roma's Chums, Tenby
Tom Owen's Pierrots, 1910
Tom Owen's Pierrots, 1910
Billie Manders Quaintesques, Tenby
Billie Manders Quaintesques, Tenby
Bliss's Busy Bees, de Valance Gardens, Tenby 1914
Bliss's Busy Bees, de Valance Gardens, Tenby 1914
Commander Offord's 'Follies of 1947', Tenby (front)
Commander Offord's 'Follies of 1947', Tenby (front)
The Gems, Tenby
The Gems, Tenby

2 Thoughts on “Pierrot Troupes in Wales”

  • Well done. Should you wish to have a look at my book ‘Aber Prom published by ‘Y Lolfa’. I have detailed the days of the Pierrot troupe and the concert Party in it.

    • Hi Peter,
      I have indeed read your book about Aberystwyth and enjoyed it immensely. Would you be happy for us to refer to it and recommend it for further reading? If so – how would you like us to put people in contact – through you, your publisher, Amazon, etc.?
      I should love to be able to include some of the pictures in our gallery, as the aim is to make this website the ‘home’ for archiving images and materials relating to the pierrots throughout the UK. Do you think that the various public & archives you used would be happy for us to request this, or would there be a copyright charge?

      Interestingly, I gave a talk about the history of pierrots for TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association) at Aberystwyth University this Autumn!

      Perhaps we could meet-up to sap notes one day?

      Tony
      AKA Uncle Tacko!

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