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23 April 1917

Two Gentlemen of Verona (etc.)

Location Royal Victoria Hall/The Old Vic, Waterloo Road, London, UK
Plays performed Two Gentlemen of Verona; The Merchant of Venice; As You Like It; King John; Romeo and Juliet; Julius Caesar

Programmes

1. Programme

Date 23 April 1917
Play(s) The Merry Wives of Windsor; As You Like It; Julius Caesar; King John; Romeo and Juliet; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; The Merchant of Venice
Production Date(s) Monday April 23rd [1917]
Venue Royal Victoria Hall
Venue address Waterloo Road SE
Time of performance 2.30pm
Stage Manager Ben Greet
Scene Designer H. Luscombe Toms
Costume Maker Edith Craig, M. Lang, T. Heslewood, H.& M. Rayne
Music Director Charles Corri
Document ID ET-D399 Original record
Held by The British Library
Notes Shakespeare Birthday Festival. Songs and scenes from the plays. Ellen Terry as Portia, also Edward Gordon Craig, Edith Craig, Nellie Craig, Clare Atwood and Christopher St John.
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Royal Victoria Hall, Waterloo Road, S.E. Founded by the Late Miss Emma Cons in 1880. Licensed by the Lord Chamberlain to the Lessee & Manager – Lilian Baylis. Shakespeare Birthday Festival. Commemorating the 301st Anniversary of his Death. Programme given by friends of the "Vic." St. George's Day, Monday, April 23, at 2.30. Price sixpence. The Management request the Member of the Audience who really appreciate the work here and believe it worthy of support to mention it to their friends, and to help make it known in every possible way. The L.C.C. require alterations amounting to £7000 if the Plays and Operas are to be continued. About £700 has been promised towards the Thousands required. Notice (a) The name of the actual and responsible Manager of the premises must be printed on every play bill. (b) In accordance with the requirements of the County Council, the Public can leave the Hall at the end of the performance by all exit and entrance doors which open outwards. (c) Where there is a fireproof screen to the proscenium opening it must be lowered at least once during every performance to ensure its being in proper working order. (d) All gangways, passages and staircases must be kept free from chairs or any other obstructions, whether permanent or temporary. Messrs & Sons, Ltd., Printers, Kennington Cross London, S.E. 11.
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John Walker, Watch & Clock Maker to H.M. the King. 1 South Molton Street, W. English Watches, 21s. Special Naval & Military Wrist Watches from 30s. Morely College for working Men and Women (Adjoining this Hall) Scholarships and Awards. Clubs and Societies: Natural History, Microscopical, Photographic, Electrical, Architectural, Also Cycling, Football, Cricket, Swimming and Tennis. Large Library and Gynasium. College opens at 6.30 p.m. and closes at 10.30 p.m. Common Room. Reading Room. Refreshments. Fees from 1s. 6d. to 2s. 6d. per term. Now on Sale in this Theatre, price 9d., post free, 10d. 1816: A Century of Theatrical History : 1916 The "Old Vic." By John Booth 72 Pages. 4 full page illustrations. Published by Stead's Publishing House. "If all theatrical histories were as well arranged and as well written as this little book by Mr. Booth, the student of the subject would be spared much labour and annoyance….Mr. Booth's little book is full of interesting details of the theatrical history of the "Old Vic.'s" hundred years, and his closing pages are a fine record of good work well done," – The Times. "A most interesting booklet." – The Daily Telegraph. Mr. Booth's book reviews the whole history of the house, and, as The Times says, "tells clearly, accurately and attractively, the story of its many ups and downs of fortune." Records and anecdotes of the appearance here of Kean, Macready, Grimaldi, Paganini and other famous folk of the last century are completed by an account of the present Opera and Shakespeare Repertoires with lists of the works performed, and of the artistes taking part in them. Shakespeare Birthday Festival April 21st to May 4th. Monday, April 23rd at 7.45, Twelfth Night. Tuesday, April 24th at 8.30, Lecture by William Poel, Esq. Stage Costumes in Shakespeare's Day, illustrated by over 100 beautiful slides. Preceded at 8.0 p.m. by Recital by Miss Laura Smithson. Wednesday, April 25th At 2.30, Julius Caesar, At 7.45, The Taming of the Shrew. Thursday, April 26th At 2.30, The Tempest. Friday, April 27th At 7.45, Richard II. Saturday, April 28th At 2.30, Julius Caesar. Monday, April 30th at 7.45, Hamlet, Tuesday, May 1st, at 8.30, Lecture by Arnold Dolmetsch, Esq., assisted by his Family, on Original Music and Dances of Shakespeare's Plays. Wednesday, May 2nd, at 2.30 As You Like It, at 7.45, Macbeth. Thursday, May 3rd, at 2.30 The Merchant of Venice. Friday, May 4th, at 7.45 Much Ado About Nothing. (Conclusion of the "Vic." Shakespeare Season). The Company leave for Season of two weeks at Theatre Royal, Portsmouth.

2. Programme

Date 23 April 1917
Play(s) As You Like It; Julius Caesar; King John; Romeo and Juliet; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; The Merchant of Venice
Production Date(s) Monday April 23rd [1917]
Venue Royal Victoria Hall
Venue address Waterloo Road, SE
Time of performance 2.30pm
Director Ben Greet
Conductor Charles Corri
Document ID ET-D509 Original record
Held by The British Library
Notes Shakespeare Birthday Festival. Ellen Terry as Portia and Teddy [Edward] Craig as a page with E. Craig and Nellie Craig.
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Royal Victoria Hall. Waterloo Road, S.E. founded by the late Miss Emma Cons in 1880. Licensed by the Lord Chamberlain to the Lessee & Manager – Lilian Baylis. Shakespeare Birthday Festival Commemorating the 301st Anniversary of his death. Programme given by friends of the "VIC". St George's Day, Monday, April 23, at 2.30. Price sixpence. The Management request the Members of the Audience who really appreciate the work here and believe it worthy of support to mention it to their friends, and help to make it known in every possible way. The L.C.C. require alterations amounting to £7000 if the Plays and Operas are to be continued. About £700 has been promised towards the Thousands required. Notice. (a) The name of the actual and responsible Manager of the premises must be printed on every play bill. (b) In accordance with the requirements of the County Council, the Public can leave the Hall at the end of the performance by all exit and entrance doors which open outwards. (c) Where there is a fireproof screen to the proscenium opening it must be lowered at least once during every performance to ensure its being in proper working order. (d) All gangways, passages and staircases must be kept free from chairs or any other obstructions, whether permanent or temporary. Merser & Sons, Ltd., Printers, Kennington Cross London, S.E. 11.
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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.
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John Walker, Watch & Clock Maker to H.M. the King. 1 South Molton Street, W. English Watches, 21s. Special Naval & Military Wrist Watches from 30s. Morley College for working men and women (adjoining this hall). Scholarships and awards. Clubs and Societies: Natural History, Microscopical, Photographic, Electrical, Architectural. Also Cycling, Football, Cricket, Swimming and Tennis. Large Library and Gymnasium. College opens at 6.30 p.m. and closes at 10.30 p.m. Common Room. Reading Room. Refreshments. Fees from 1s. 6d. to 2s. 6d. per term. Now on sale in this Theatre, price 9d., post free, 10d. 1816 : A Century of Theatrical History : 1916. The "Old Vic." By John Booth. 72 pages, 4 full page illustrations. Published by Stead's Publishing House. "If all theatrical histories were as well arranged and as well written as this little book by Mr. Booth, the student of the subject would be spared much labour and annoyance…. Mr. Booth's little book is full of interesting details of the theatrical history of the "Old Vic.'s" hundred years, and his closing pages are a fine record of good work well done." – The Times. "A most interesting booklet." – The Daily Telegraph. Mr. Booth's book reviews the whole history of the house, and, as The Times says, "tells clearly, accurately and attractively, the story of its many ups and downs of fortune." Records and anecdotes of the appearance here of Kean, Macready, Grimaldi, Paganini and other famous folk of the last century are completed by an account of the present Opera and Shakespeare Repertoires with lists of the works performed, and of the artistes taking part in them. Shakespeare Birthday Festival April 21st to May 4th. Monday, April 23rd at 7.45, Twelfth Night. Tuesday, April 24th At 8.30, Lecture by William Poel, Esq. Stage Costumes in Shakespeare's Day, illustrated by over 100 beautiful slides. Preceded at 8.0 p.m. by Recital by Miss Laura Smithson. Wednesday, April 25th at 2.30, Julius Caesar, at 7.45, The Taming of the Shrew. Thursday, April 26th at 2.30, The Tempest, Friday, April 27th at 7.45, Richard II, Saturday, April 28th at 2.30, Julius Caesar. Monday, April 30th, at 7.45 Hamlet. Tuesday, May 1st, at 8.30 Lecture by Arnold Dolmetsch, Esq., assisted by his Family on original music and dances of Shakespeare's plays. Wednesday, May 2nd at 2.30, As You Like It, at 7.45, Macbeth, Thursday, May 3rd, at 2.30, The Merchant of Venice. Friday, May 4th, at 7.45 Much Ado About Nothing. (Conclusion of the "Vic." Shakespeare Season). The Company leave for Season of two weeks at Theatre Royal, Portsmouth.

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