Leisure => Cinema, Theatre, Radio & Filming => Topic started by: RJS18 on February 01, 2016, 16:30:05

Title: Burton Lester and his Prairie Pony Dixie- Empire Theatre
Post by: RJS18 on February 01, 2016, 16:30:05
I am currently doing some research for my Grandad's 80th Birthday.
In the early 1950s he looked after Dixie in the stables of the Five Bells Pub, Rochester, which at the time was run by his aunt. Dixie was part of an act called 'Burton Lester and his Prairie Pony Dixie' performing at the Empire Theatre, Chatham.
I am trying to gather any information about this act for him. Burton's bother was Harry Lester who also had an act called 'Harry Lester and his Hayseeds' but I am unsure whether Burton was part of this act.
Does anyone remember seeing the act or have anymore information about Dixie?
Title: Re: Burton Lester and his Prairie Pony Dixie- Empire Theatre
Post by: grandarog on February 01, 2016, 18:28:30
You probably have this but No never mind.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-harry-lester-1459221.html

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/polopoly_fs/1.480740!/file/178R.pdf
Has 14 references.

Title: Re: Burton Lester and his Prairie Pony Dixie- Empire Theatre
Post by: RJS18 on February 01, 2016, 19:10:54
Yes I have seen both of those thank you.
I know Burton was involved in other acts such as Burton Lester's Midgets and also appeared in Cinderella during the late 1940s/ early 1950s in Chatham. Maybe Dixie was involved in one of these acts
Title: Re: Burton Lester and his Prairie Pony Dixie- Empire Theatre
Post by: RJS18 on February 06, 2016, 15:56:39
I've been doing some more research and believe the official name of the act was 'Horse-sense'. It would have been around 1945/46 at the Empire Theatre, Chatham.
Title: Re: Burton Lester and his Prairie Pony Dixie- Empire Theatre
Post by: Maid of Kent on February 08, 2016, 22:07:02
RJS, I have just replied to your message to me before I read this.  In my original post I was mentioning the 2 LITTLE Shetland? ponies which actually pulled the Pumpkin coach for Cinderella. I cannot truthfully say I remember a larger 'single' one, but then I can`t remember much more about the production although I was about 10/11 at time but ( dare I say it?) Pantomimes even then 'switched me off'.