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18-23 January 1904

Much Ado About Nothing (etc.)

Location New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, UK
Plays performed Much Ado About Nothing; The Merchant of Venice

Programmes

1. Programme, two copies

Date 18 January 1904
Play(s) Much Ado About Nothing; The Merchant of Venice
Production Date(s) 18 January 1904 to 23 January 1904
Venue New Theatre Royal
Venue address Portsmouth
Time of performance 2.30pm
Producer Edward Gordon Craig
Stage Manager Fred Boustead
Scene Designer Edward Gordon Craig
Costume Maker Ailsa Craig [Edith Craig]
Music Director Christopher Wilson
Document ID ET-D285 Original record
Held by The British Library
Notes Ellen Terry as Beatrice.
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New Theatre Royal Portsmouth. Licensing Manager Mr J. W. Broughton.

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Monday, January 18th, 1904, for six nights and Matinee of Much Ado About Nothing, Saturday, January 23rd, at 2:30 p.m. Doors Open at 2. Early Door 1.30. Important Engagement of Miss Ellen Terry and her Entire West End Company. Who will present on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Designed and Produced under the Direction of Mr. Edward Gordon Craig. Dresses by Miss Ailsa Craig. Don Pedro (Prince of Aragon) – Mr. Charles Thursby, Don John (his Bastard Brother) – Mr. William Luff, Claudio (a Young Lord of Florence) – Mr. E. Harcourt Williams, Benedick, (a Young Lord of Padua) – Mr. Matheson Lang, Leonato, (Governor of Messina) – Mr. George Fitzgerald, Antonio (his Brother) – Mr. T. A. Shannon, Balthazar (Attendant on Don Pedro) – Mr. Penderel Price, Followers of Don John, Borachio Mr. Hubert Carter, Conrade – Mr. F. H. Darch, Two City Officers, Dogberry – Mr. William Cuthbert, Verges – Mr. Charles Whittle, Friar Francis – Mr. Halliwell Hobbes, A Sexton – Mr. Leonard Craske, A Boy – Miss Penelope Wheeler, Oatcake – Mr. Paul Burnard, Seacole – Mr. Bert Zardi, Watchman – Mr. John Church, 2nd Watchman – Mr. Leonard, Messenger – Mr. Halliwell Hobbes, Hero – Miss Hutin Britton, Margaret – Miss Edith King, Ursula – Miss Audrey Campbell Beatrice – Miss Ellen Terry. Act 1. Scene - Leonato's House. Act 2. Scenes 1, 2 & 3 - Leonato's Garden. Scene 4 – A Street. Act 3. Scene - A Church. Act 4. Scene 1 - A Prison. Scene 2 - Leonato's Garden. Scene 3 - Monument of Leonato. Scene 4 - Leonato's Garden. For Miss Ellen Terry, Manager – Mr. Alfred Courtenay, Stage Manager – Mr Fred Boustead, Musical Director – Mr. Christopher Wilson, Advance Representative - Mr. G. Aubrey Hall. Prices of Admission. Orchestra Stalls and First Two Rows of Dress Circle, 5s. ; Other Rows, 4s. Upper Circle, 2s. Pit, 1s. Gallery, 6d. Boxes (to hold 4), £1 11s. 6d. & £1 1s. Half-price at nine o'clock – Orchestra Stalls or Dress Circle, 2s 6d. Upper Circle, 1s. Pit, 6d. No half-price to Gallery. Admission at the Early Door 3d. extra to the gallery, 6d. Extra to all Other Parts. Box Office open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and from 8.30 p.m. until 10 p.m., and the same hours for Booking Seats by Municipal Telephone. No Hats or Bonnets allowed to be worn in the Private Boxes, Dress Circle, or Orchestra Stalls, except at Matinees. Mr. Broughton reserves to himself and to his Acting Manager, Mr. Armstrong Bell, or his Representative, the right to refuse admission. Holbrook & Son Ltd., Printers, Queen Street, Portsmouth. On Wednesday evening only, a Triple Bill. A New One Act Play, Punchinello adapted from the French by Hubert Carter. Punchinello – Mr. Hubert Carter, Diderot – Mr. William Luff, Etienne – Mr. F. H. Darch, Madam Edouard – Miss Penelope Wheeler, Mdlle Elise – Miss Isabel Roland, Nanon – Miss Ailsa Craig. Scene – Diderot's study in Paris. Trial Scene from the Merchant of Venice. Duke of Venice – Mr George Fitzgerald, Antonio – Mr. Charles Thursby, Bassanio – Mr. Matheson Lang, Gratiano – Mr E. Harcourt Williams, Shylock - Mr Hubert Carter, Salarino – Mr. Francis Darch, Clerk – Mr. William Luff, Nerissa – Miss Hutin Britton, Portia - Miss Ellen Terry. Nance Oldfield. Mr. Nathan Oldworthy – Mr. Hubert Carter, Susan Oldfield – Miss Audrey Campbell, Alexander Oldworthy – Mr E. Harcourt Williams, Mistress Anne Oldfield – Miss Ellen Terry. Scene – A Room in Mistress Oldfield's House. Friday Evening only – A New and Original fantastic rhymed comedy, in Four Acts. The Mistress of the Robes. Rudolph H. (King of Pannyria) – Mr. Hubert Carter, H.R.H. the Prince of Tirnovitz (Heir Apparent – aged 4 Months), Count Golky – Mr. George Fitzgerald, Lieut Baron Istvar Geza – Mr. Matheson Lang. Herr Wolf (Court Librarian) – Mr. E. Harcourt Williams, Paprikof (Groom of the Chambers) – Mr. Leonard Craske, Servants of the Court Rimnik – Mr. George T. Nock, Franzel – Mr. J. S. Hamilton, 1st Trooper, 2nd Tropper – Mr. Paul Burnand, 3rd Trooper - Mr. Penderel Price, 4th Trooper – Mr. Bert Zardi, Gisela (Queen of Pannyria) – Miss Audrey Campbell, Dodia (a Palace Housemaid) – Miss Hutin Britton, Frau Titmarck (Lady-in-Waiting) – Miss Ailsa Craig, Mrs. Smith (English Nurse) – Miss Joanna Willett, Nadeyda (a Country Nurse) – Miss Penelope Wheeler, Khadige (a Turkish Pilgrim) – Miss Lucy Hare, Gardener's Boy – Miss Lennie Williams, Evodia Countess Glicka (Mistress of the [?]) – Miss Ellen Terry. Monday, January 25th, and during the Week, with Matinee, Saturday, January 30th, at 2.30. Mr. George Edwardes' Company, with The Orchid direct from the Gaiety Theatre, London.

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2. Programme

Date 1904
Play(s) Much Ado About Nothing
Production Date(s) Monday January 18th 1904 to 23rd January 1904
Venue New Theatre Royal
Venue address Portsmouth
Time of performance 2.30pm
Producer Edward Gordon Craig
Stage Manager Fred Boustead
Scene Designer Edward Gordon Craig
Costume Maker Ailsa Craig [Edith Craig]
Music Director Christopher Wilson
Document ID ET-D285a Original record
Held by The British Library
Notes Ellen Terry as Beatrice.

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