1900 - 1909Other Shakespeare performances
20-22 February 1905

The Merchant of Venice

Location Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, UK
Plays performed The Merchant of Venice

Programmes

1. Programme

Date 20 May 1905
Play(s) The Merchant of Venice
Production Date(s) Monday 20th February 1905 to Wednesday 22nd February 1905
Venue Grand Theatre
Venue address Wolverhampton
Stage Manager H. J. Loveday
Music Director Sidney Faulks
Document ID ET-D982 Original record
Held by The British Library
Notes Henry Irving's Farewell Tour.
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GRAND THEATRE WOLVERHAMPTON. Lessees and Mangers: E.H.BULL AND MILTON BODE. Resident Manager: PERCY PERCIVAL [photo of Henry Irving] WARWOCK BROOKES MANCHESTER. FAREWALL OF HENRY IRVING, (PREVIOUS TO HIS RETIREMENT FROM THE STAGE). Three Nights, commencing Monday, Feb. 20, 1905.

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Monday Night, February 20th, at 7.30. Waterloo. (1815-1881.) By Sir ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE. Corporal Gregory Brewster (aged 86, a Waterloo Veteran): Henry Irving Seargeant Archie McDonald, R.A.: Mr. Lionel Belmore Colonel James Midwinter (Royal Scots Guards): Mr. Vincent Sternroyd Nora Brewster (the Corporal's Grandniece): Miss Maud Fealy Scene - BREWSTER'S LODGINGS. TO BE FOLLOWED BY The BElls. Adapted by LEOPOLD LEWIS from "The Polish Jew," by ERCKMANN-CHATRIAN. Mathias: Henry Irving Christian: Mr. H.B.Standford Walter: Mr. Charles Dodsworth Hans: Mr. James Hearn Dr. Zimmer: Mr. Mark Paton Notary: Mr. Leslie palmer Fritz: Mr. T.REynolds President of the Court: Mr. F.Tyars Clerk of the Court: Mr. W.J.Yeldham Mesmerist: Mr. J.Archer Catherin: Miss Grace Hampton Sozel: Miss Mary Foster Annette: Miss May Holland SYNOPSIS OF SCENERY. Alsace 1833. ACT I. Scene - The Burgomaster's Inn. ACT II. Scene - The Burgomaster's Parlour. ACT III. Scene - The Burgomaster's Bedroom - The Dream. PROGRAMME OF MUSIC Medley-"Rank and File": Meredith Ball "March Russe": Luigini Overture-"The Bells": Singla Czardas: Keler Bela "Les Cosaques": Ellenberg Hungarian Dances: Hamilton Clarke --- Tuesday Night, February 21st, at 7.30. Becket. By ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON. ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY HENRY IRVING. Thomas Becket (Chancellor of England, afterwards Archbishop of Canterbury): Henry Irving. Henry II. (King of England): Mr. Gerald Lawrence King Louis of France ... Mr. H.B.Stanford Gilbert Foliot (Bishop of London): Mr. F.D.Daviss. Roger (Archbishop of York): Mr. William Lugg. (friends of Becket): John of Salisbury: Mr. Mark Paton. Herbert of Bosham: Mr. James Hearn John of Oxford (called the Swearer): Mr. T.Reynolds (The four Knights of the King's household, enemies of Becket): Sir Reginald Fitzurse Mr. Frank Tyars Sir Richard de Brito: Mr. G.Graystone. Sir William de Tracy: Mr. Lionel Belmore. Sir Hugh de Morville: Mr. Stephens Richard de Hastings (Grand Prior of Templars): Mr. J.Archer. The Youngest Knight Templar: Mr. Leslie Palmer Lord Leicester: Mr. Vincent Sternroyd. Philip de Eleemosyna: Mr. W.J. Yeldham Herald ... Mr. H.R.Cook Monk: Mr. A.Gurney Geoffrey (son of Rosamund and Henry): MASTER Cyril Smith Retainers: Mr. A.Fisher, Mr. Hayes Countrymen: Mr. Charles Dodsworth, Mr. R.Brennan Servant: Mr. W.Marion Eleanor of Aquitaine ( Queen of England, divorced from Louis of France) : Mrs. Cecil Raleigh Margery: Miss Grace Hampton Rosamund de Clifford (Fair Rosamund): Miss Maud Fealy Knights, Monks, Heralds, Soldiers, Retainers, &c. "BECKET"-SYNOPSIS OF SCENERY. PROLOGUE. Scene 1-A Castle in Normandy. Scene 2-The Same. ACT I. Scene 1-Becket's House in London. Scene 2 Street in Northampton leading to the Castle. Scene 3-The Same. Scene 4-The Hall in Northampton Castle. ACT II. Scene Rosamund's Bower. ACT III. Scene 1-Montmirail-"The Meeting of the Kings." Scene 2-Outside the Wood, near Rosamund's Bower. Scene 3-Rosamund's Bower. "At Merton the Archbishop assumed the ordinary habit of the black canons of the Augustinian Rule, which dress he wore ot the end of this life."-Grim. ACT IV Scene 1-Castle in Normandy-King's Chamber. Scene 2-A Room in Canterbury Monastery. Scene 2-North Transept of Canterbury Cathedral. Period-12th Century. The Scenery has been specially painted by Mr. Joseph Harker. The Overture and Incidental Music by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. PROGRAMME OF MUSIC Intermezzo: C.V.Stanford Albumblatt: Wagner Overture "The Cup": Hamilton Clarke Overture "Spring Song": Mendelssohn March "Conrelius": Mendelssohn Entr'acte "The Martyrdom": C.V.Stanford Entr'acte "Judex": Gounod The Costumes, &c., from designs by Mrs. Comuns Carr and Mr. Charles Cattermole, R.I., executed by Mrs Nettleship, Mrs. Auguste et Cie., and Messers. L.& H.Nathan. Wigs by Clarkson. --- Wednesday Night, February 22nd, at 7.30, SHAKESPEARE'S COMEDY- The Merchant of Venice. Shylock: Henry Irving Bassanio: Mr. Gerald Lawrence Duke of Venice: Mr. Mark Paton Antonio: Mr. James Hearn Prince of Morocco : Mr. F.Tyars Salanio : Mr. William Lugg. Salarino : Mr. Lionel Belmore. Gratiano : Mr. H.B. Stanford. Lorenzo : Mr. Vincent Sternroyd. Tubal: Mr. J. Archer. Launcelot Gobbo : Mr. Charles Dodsworth Old Gobbo : Mr. T.Reynolds Gaoler : Mr. W.Graham. Leonardo : Mr. H.R.Cook Balthazar : Mr. W.Marion Stephano : Mr. A.Fisher Clerk of the Court : Mr. F.D.Daviss Jessie: Mrs. Cecil Raleigh Nerissa : Miss Grace Hampton. Portia ... Miss Edith Wynne-Matthison SYNOPSIS OF SCENERY. ACT I. Scene 1-Venice-A Public Place. Scene 2-Belmont-Portia's House. Scene 3-Venice-A Public Place. ACT II. Scene 1-A Street. Scene 2-Another Street. Scene 3-Shylock's House by a Bridge. ACT III. Scene 1-Belmont-Room in Portia's House. Scene 2-Venice A street. Scene 3-Belmont-Room in Portia's House. Scene 4-Venice-A Street. Scene 5-Belmont-Room in Portia's House. ACT IV. Scene-Venice-A Court of Justice. ACT V: Scene-Portia's Garden with Terrace. PROGRAMME OF MUSIC. Overture-"Merchant of Venice": Hamilton Clarke Ballet Music-"Faust": Gounod Overture-"Mirella": Gounod Entr'acte "Portia": Hamilton Clarke "Pomp and Circumstance": Elgar "Aubade Printaniere": Lacombe

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Some Press Notices DANTE HENRY IRVING "There need be no hesitation in asserting that on the stage of Drury Lane Theatre may now be seen one of the most remarkable plays in the history of the modern drama. It is a model of stagecraft, but at the same time it stirs depths of emotion which stagecraft rarely approaches. The eye, the ear and the imagination are alike impressed." -Standard. "The production of ' Dante' is not only the greatest dramatic event of the present and many previous seasons, it is an experiment which, from almost every point of view, makes the most direct appeal to the public imagination. Everything about it is striking and memorable."-Daily Graphic. "From beginning to end, the play was received with that overwhelming tribute which is always paid to the impersonations of Henry Irving."-Daily Telegraph. "For Sir Henry, it is obvious that if ever man was born to look Dante to the life, he is that man. The moment he emerges from the porch of the church at Pisa you recognise the fresco profile." -Times . "The production of 'Dante' is a series of wonderful stage pictures."-Daily News. "Sir Henry Irving, from his first entrance to his last exit, was a marvellous portrait of the stern, austere, and lofty poet. He did not need to speak in order to infect our imagination." -Morning Leader.

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2. Programme

Date 20 February 1905
Play(s) The Merchant of Venice
Production Date(s) Monday 20th February 1905 to Wednesday 22nd February 1905
Venue Grand Theatre
Venue address Wolverhampton
Time of performance 7.30pm
Stage Manager H. J. Loveday
Scene Designer Joseph Harker
Costume Maker Mrs Nettleship, Auguste et Cie, L. & H. Nathan
Costume Designer Mrs Comyns Carr, Charles Cattermole
Music Director Sydney Faulks
Document ID ET-D981 Original record
Held by The British Library
Notes Henry Irving as Becket and Maud Fealy as Rosamund; music composed by Sir Charles Villiers; annotated on front with date.

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