Harry Relph (21 July 1867 – 10 February 1928), professionally
known as Little Tich, was a 4-foot-6-inch (137 cm) English music hall
comedian and dancer during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He
was best known for his acrobatic and comedic Big-Boot Dance, for which
he wore boots with soles 28 inches (71 cm) long. He was also a popular
performer in theatrical Christmas pantomimes. During a tour of the
United States between 1887 and 1889 he impressed audiences with his
ability to stand on the tips of his shoes and to lean at extraordinary
angles. He had a major success with Babes in the Wood in Manchester
during the 1889–90 season, and in the 1890s he developed the
Serpentine Dance. The impresario Augustus Harris hired him to appear
alongside Dan Leno and Marie Lloyd at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in
its spectacular Christmas pantomimes Humpty Dumpty in 1891, Little Bo
Peep in 1892 and Robinson Crusoe in 1893.
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