George Robey (1869–1954) was an English comedian, singer and actor in
musical theatre, known as one of the greatest music hall performers of
the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Robey mixed everyday situations
and observations with comic absurdity, and was a popular Christmas
pantomime performer. His notable successes during the First World War
included the hit revue The Bing Boys Are Here, in which he sang "If You
Were the Only Girl (In the World)". Born in London to a middle-class
family, he made his debut on stage at age 21 as the straight man to a
comic hypnotist. He soon developed his own music hall act. In 1892, he
appeared in his first pantomime, Whittington Up-to-date. He starred in
the Royal Command Performance in 1912 and regularly entertained before
aristocracy. In 1913 he debuted in film, but with only modest success.
From 1918, he created sketches based on his character,
Minister of Mirth. He played Falstaff in Henry IV, Part 1 in 1935, and
again in Laurence Olivier's 1944 film. During the Second World War,
Robey raised money for charities and promoted recruitment into the
forces. He was knighted a few months before his death.
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