Triumphant Heroines of Shakespeare, 15 November 1911, Image 2 of 3
"The Trimuphant Heroines of Shakespeare" with illustrative acting. Miss Ellen Terry's Repertoire consists of four Shakespearean Recitals in which she illustrates in her own inimitable way the most effective scenes associated with the engrossing characters of Viola, Desdemona, Emelia, Juliet (including the Potion Scene), Katherine, Lady Anne, Helena, Constance, Julia, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, Rosalind, Portia, Mistress Page, Virgilia, Volumnia, etc. On the present visit Miss Terry will give "The Triumphant Women" amongst Shakespeare's Heroines, this being the brightest and most delightful of the Series, including, as it does, many of the characters with which the great Actress's name will for ever be associated. Photo by Window and Grove, London. Miss Ellen Terry as "Beatrice". Ellen Terry – The glory of all countries and the idol of her own. Not since Byron so aptly summarised the popularity of the Irish Melodist has there been any personality before the public of this country to whom the poet's description could more happily be applied. The very soul of comedy comes lightning-like at the touch of her genius, and the inevitable despair and anguish of remorseless tragedy flash before us in compelling realism when she deals with the great sorrows of life. Adorning illuminating the inimitable art with which she magically conjures up our smiles and our sighs, there is her own charming individuality ; a combination of mental and physical graces which for over a score of years have held in bondage the admiration of both hemispheres. – A.G.M. Miss Ellen Terry's London Recitals (May-June, 1911). A Few Press Opinions. The Times says : - "There is nothing conventional, nothing stereotyped about Miss Ellen Terry's Recitals. Wherever and whenever she speaks it will always be different and always fresh, not the dry discourse of an expert scholar or literary critic, but the living, laughing, triumphant, tearful, scornful words of a great actress who is proud to be a woman. The magnetism and charm of her is forever breaking out, not only in her considered Reading and Acting, but in numbers of little womanly impromptu gestures and remarks aside. The Recital is full of touches of satire, humour and pathos. It is a happy thing for England, as well as for Miss Terry, that she has found so effective a way of bringing home to Shakespeare's country men and women the inner meaning of his plays and the charm of her own art." Photo by Window and Grove, London. Miss Ellen Terry as "Portia". The Daily Telegraph says : - "It was as if the record of those brilliant Shakespearean seasons at the old Lyceum, extending over a period of years, had been compressed into two brief hours, and memory flew back to the days when Henry Irving and Ellen Terry reigned supreme at that Theatre, and by their marvellous art created a gallery of portraits which no one who had the privilege of looking upon will ever permit to lapse into oblivion, on the draped stage of the Haymarket, beside a table almost entirely hidden by heaped-up banks of flowers. Miss Terry discoursed on the heroines of Shakespeare's plays, many of whom she herself has helped to vivify and render splendidly real to a generation of playgoers. First in easy and eloquent language, she gave us the why and wherefore of her faith in each, bringing into strong immediate relief the salient qualities of characters familiar as household words. Miss Terry did not confine herself to mere analysis of character. Ever and anon she sought to illustrate the poet's text by means of her own exquisite art. In all these Miss Terry threw herself heart and soul, stamping every impersonation with the grace, power, and charm of an individuality which every student of Shakespeare will long hold in loving remembrance. It was a memorable afternoon.