Two Gentlemen of Verona (etc.), 23 April 1917, Image 2 of 3
Official Notice. Arrangements have been made that warning of a threatened air raid will be communicated by the Military Authorities to this Theatre. One receipt of any such warning the audience will be informed with a view to enable persons who may wish to proceed home to do so. The warning will be communicated as far as possible, at least twenty minutes before any actual attack can take place. There will, therefore, be no cause for alarm or undue haste. Those who decide to leave are warned not to loiter about the streets, and if bombardment or gunfire commences before they reach home they should at once take cover. From September to May. Shakespearean and Classical Plays Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 7.45, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 2.30. Illustrated Lectures Tuesdays at 8.30 of science, travel and topics of the day. This season Twenty-seven Lectures have been given to most appreciative audiences. Opera in English Thursdays & Saturdays at 7.45 and alternate Sundays at 2.30. Repertoire includes favourite works of Gounod, Bizet, Mozart, Mascagni, Donizetti, Leoncavallo, Benedict, Wallace, Auber, Verdi, Balfe, Thomas, Flotow, Mendelssohn, Etc. 58 Evening Performances have been given during the season, and 13 Matinees. Concluding performances of Opera Season. April 26th and 28th, at 7.45 – Verdi's IL Trovatore. May 3rd and 5th, at 7.45 – Bizet's Carmen. May 5th, at 2.30 – Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Royal Victoria Hall The People's Opera, Play and Lecture House, Waterloo Road, S.E. Lessee and Manager – Lilian Baylis. Programme Overture and Pictures "The Merry Wives of Windsor" – Nicolai. i. St. George's Flag, St. George's Ensign, St. George & the Dragon, St. George's Rose. ii. Portrait of Shakespeare. iii. Shakespeare's House. iv. Room in which Shakespeare was born. v. Grammar School. vi. Grammar School Guild Chamber. vii. Ann Hathaway's Cottage. viii. Ann Hathaway's Cottage, Interior. ix. Parish Church, Stratford-on-Avon. x. Interior of Parish Church, Stratford-on-Avon. xi. Red Horse Hotel, Stratford-on-Avon. xii. Kenilworth Castle. xiii. Charlecote Park (Sir Thomas Lucy's Homestead of Stoneleigh). xiv. Picture of Shakespeare's Memorial Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon. xv. A Royal Audience. Songs "Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind" – Dr. Arne, "Under the Greenwood Tree" – Dr. Arne. Dorothy Ilma. Scene from "As You Like It," Act 3, Scene 2, Orlando – Terence O'Brien, Corin – Orlando Barnett, Touchstone – Russell Thorndike, Rosalind – Sybil Thorndike, Celia – Mary Sumner. Selection from Nellie Chaplin's revived ancient dances and music. Pavana – the Measure of Shakespeare – and Galliard – "The Earle of Salisbury" – W. Byrd (1538 – 1623). Accompanied on the Harpsichord by Nellie Chaplin. The oldest of the Bassee Dances; it reached the height of its popularity in the reign of Henry VIII of France, circa 1580. The Galliard is a gay, merry dance which sometimes followed the Pavana to amuse the onlookers. Dance – "Canaries" (to the Queen's Command Music) Orlando Gibbons (1583 – 1625). Little is known of this dance but Shakespeare mentions it in "Loves Labour's Lost." It takes its name from the Canary Islands. Elizabethan Song – "Phillis was a faire maide" (From Giles Earle's Song-book, 1615.) Solo Dance – "Elizabethan Coranto" Edmond Hooper (1553 – 1661). Sir Toby in "Twelfth Night" says to Sir Andrew: "Why dost thou not go to Church in a galliard and come home in a coranto?" Sir Toby compares the walk to Church to a Galliard, and the journey back to the Corento; obviously the Coranto is the quicker dance of the two. Song – "Where the Bee sucks" – Robert Johnson (1600). Dance – "The Tourdion". The steps and Music from Arbeaus Orchesographic, 1588, the oldest book on dancing in the British Museum. Deciphered and taught by Mrs. Woolnoth. The Tourdion is like a Galliard, but the steps are running instead of leaping. The Dancers – Daisie Bowett, Dorothy Bowett, Dorothy Chaplin, and Ellaline Middleton. The Singer – Flora Mann. The Music of the Dances selected by Nellie Chaplin. The Costumes by Jennie Moore. Dances taught by Mme. Cormani, of La Scala, Milan, and Mrs. Woolnorth. Scene from "Julius Caesar" – Act. 2, Scene 1. Brutus – Cowlet Wright, Portia – Lilian Braithwaite (by permission of Mr. Frederick Harrison), Caius Ligarius – Arthur Fayne, Lucius – Joyce Carey (by permission of Sir George Alexander). Two Songs – "Should he upbraid" – Bishop, "Orpheus and his Lute" – Sullivan. Constance Willis. Scenes from "King John" Act 3. Scene 3 – King John's Tent. King John – Russell Thorndike, Prince Arthur, son to John's elder brother Geoffrey – Rene Waller, Hubert, Chamberlain to the King – B. A. Pittar, Queen Elinor, Kind John's Mother – Florence Saunders. Note – King John seized the English throne in spite of the undoubted right of Prince Arthur. King Philip of France at first supported Price Arthur's claim to the throne, but eventually withdrew his support and became reconciled to John and the poor little Prince was taken prisoner. King john could not rest while Arthur lived and in this scene he is seen plotting with Hubert to kill him. Act 3. Scene 4 – King Phillip's Tent. Philip, King of France – Mark Stanley, Lewis, his Son – E. A. Ross, Pandulph, the Pope's Legate – Orlando Barnett, Constance, Mother to Arthur – Hutin Britton. Note – Constance did all in her power to assist her son Prince Arthur's rights and to defend him from the over-reaching schemes of his unscrupulous Uncle John, she vehemently resented the cowardly desertion of King Philip of her son's cause. Finally when she learned that her idolized son (on top of all the other over-whelming disasters which had befallen him) was a prisoner in the hands of John, her grief and despair knew no bounds, and she became almost mad. Scene from "Romeo and Juliet" Act 2, Scene 2. Juliet – Gertrude Elliott (Lady Forbes-Robertson). Romeo – Ben Webster (by permission of Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson). Interlude from "The Two Gentlemen of Verona". Launce – Russell Thorndike, Crab (the Dog) – Vic Belfont. Scenes from "The Merchant of Venice". Act 1. Scene 3. Shylock – Matheson Lang, Bassiano – Cowley Wrght, Antonio – Henry Vibart (by permission of Messrs. Vedrenne & Barker), Jessica – Ray Litvin. Act 3. Scene 1. Shylock – Matheson Lang, Tubal – Terence O'Brien, Salerino – Mark Stanley, Salanio – E. A. Ross. Act 4. Scene 1. Portia – Ellen Terry, Nerissa – Jean Sterling Mackinlay, Shylock – Matheson Lang, Bassanio – Cowley Wright, Antonio – Henry Vibart, Gratiano – B. A. Pittar, Salerino – Mark Stanley, Doge of Venice – Tom Heslewood, Clerk of the Court – E. A. Ross, Page – Teddy Craig. Crowd – C. Atwood, C. St. John, E. Craig, Nellie Craig, Stella Wilkinson, Muriel De Castro, Leah Bateman Hunter, Kate Carlton, Winifred Oughton, Joan Chard, Ethel Baylis, Reginald Jarman Adela, Veronica, Mildred and Richard Lydall, Ernest Meads, etc, etc. "God Save The King". Sung by Audience and the Company. God save our Gracious King, long live our Noble King, God Save our King. Send him victorious, happy and glorious, long to reign over us, God Save our King. American verse – My country, tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing; land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountain side, let freedom ring! God save our splendid men, bring them safe home again, god save our men. Keep them victorious, patient and chivalrous, they are so dear to us God save our men. "Members of the Vic, Shakespeare Repertory Company. Stage under direction of Ben Greet, assisted by Leonard Thackeray and Madge Whiteman. Orchestra under the direction of Charles Corri. Costumes lent by Edith Craig, Matheson Lang, Tom Heslewood and H. & M. Rayne. Limelight and Effects by H. Luscombe Toms. Floral decorations by Messrs. Smeeton, Princes Square, S.E. The Shakesperean and Classical Plays produced by Mr. Ben Greet and given by the "VIC" Repertoire Company in this Theatre during the last 3 seasons. The Comedy of Errors 10 Evening Performances (a, b), King Rene's Daughter 4 Evening Performances (b), The Merry Wives of Windsor 7 Evening Performances and 2 Matinees (d), As You Like It 9 Evening Performances and 15 Matinees, (a, b), Romeo and Juliet 5 Evening Performances, The Merchant of Venice 13 Evening Performances and 19 Matinees (b, c), Henry V. 9 Evening Performances and 9 Matinees (b, c), The Rivals, 9 Evening Performances and 13 Matinees (a, b), The Tempest 12 Evening Performances and 13 Matinees (a, b, d), Othello, 9 Evening Performances (a, b, d), Richard III. 6 Evening Performances and 2 Matinees (d), A Midsummer Night's Dream, 14 Evening Performances and 13 Matinees (b, c), The Winter's Tale 6 Evening Performances and 2 Matinees (a), Julius Caesar, 13 Evening Performances and 12 Matinees (b, d), The Star of Bethlehem, 6 Evening Performances and 5 Matinees (b), Twelfth Night, 15 Evening Performances and 8 Matinees (b, d), Hamlet, 10 Evening Performances and 6 Matinees (a, b, d), Much Ado About Nothing, 8 Evening Performances and 3 Matinees, (a, b, d), She Stoops to Conquer 14 Evening Performances and 5 Matinees (a, b), The Taming of the Shrew, 15 Evening Performances and 4 Matinees, (b, d), The School for Scandal, 11 Evening Performances and 3 Matinees (a, b, d), Everyman, Morality Play, 5 Evening Performances and 15 Matinees, King Henry VIII. 3 Evening Performances and 2 Matinees (a), Richard II. 7 Evening Performances and 4 Matinees (d), The Two Gentlemen of Verona, 6 Evening Performances and 1 Matinee (a, b), A Christmas Carol, 6 Evening Performances and 4 Matinees (b), A New Cut Harlequinade, 6 Evening Performances and 4 Matinees (b), Macbeth, 10 Evening Performances and 5 Matinees (a), St Patrick's Day, 3 Evening Performances and 1 Matinee (b), The Critic, 3 Evening Performances and 1 Matinee (b), The Lady of Lyons, 4 Evening Performances and 2 Matinees. (a) Stratford-on-Avon Tercentenary Summer Festival, 1916. (b) Excelsior Hall, Oxford House, Bethnal Green, 1915-16-17. (c) Northern Polytechnic, Holloway, 1917. (d) Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, one week's Shakespeare Festival, 1916, two weeks, 1917.