1916Shakespeare Tercentenary
22 April-5 May 1916

Shakespeare Tercentenary Festival

Location Royal Victoria Hall/The Old Vic, Waterloo Road, London, UK
Plays performed Much Ado About Nothing; A Midsummer Night's Dream; The Merchant of Venice; As You Like It; The Taming of the Shrew; Twelfth Night; The Winter's Tale; Henry IV, Part 1; Henry V; Henry VI, Part 1; Henry VIII; Romeo and Juliet; Macbeth; Othello

Programmes

1. Programme

Date 25 April 1916
Play(s) Henry VIII; The Winter's Tale; Henry IV; Romeo and Juliet; A Midsummer Night's Dream; Macbeth
Production Date(s) 22 April 1916 to 5 May 1916
Venue Royal Victoria Hall
Venue address Waterloo Road SE
Time of performance 2.30pm
Producer Ben Greet
Stage Manager Robert Atkins
Costume Maker Messrs Rayne
Conductor Charles Corri
Document ID ET-D500 Original record
Held by The British Library
Notes Special matinee for Shakespeare Tercentenary Festival. Signed by Ellen Terry, with note 'for this performance the prices were raised'; Ellen Terry as Katharine.
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Royal Victoria Hall Waterloo Road, S.E. founded by the Late Miss Emma Cons in 1880. Licenced by the Lord Chamberlain to the Lessee and Manager – Lilian Baylis. Under Royal and Distinguished Patronage. Shakespeare Tercentenary Festival. Commemorating the 300th Anniversary of his death. Saturday, April 22nd to Friday, May 5th, 1916. Programme of Special Matinee given by friends of the vic. Including Miss Mary Anderson, Mr. Henry Ainley & Miss Ellen Terry Tuesday, April 25th 1916, at 2.30. 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. 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 other obstructions, whether permanent or temporary. Merser & Sons, Ltd (T.U.) Printers, Kennington Cross, S.E.
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Shakespearean and Classical Plays Mondays and Wednesdays at 7.45. Illustrated Lectures Tuesdays at 8.30. of science, travel and topics of the day. Twenty-seven Lectures have been to most satisfactory audiences. Grand Opera Thursdays and Saturdays at 7.45. Repertoire includes favourite works of Gounod, Bizet, Mozart, Mascagni, Donizetti, Leoncavallo, Benedict, Wallace, Auber, Verdi, Etc. Over Seventy-five Performances have been given during the season. Last operas of the season to be given on Thursday and Saturday, May 4th & 6th, of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci. Royal Victoria Hall, Waterloo Road. S.E. Lessee and Manager – Lilian Baylis. Programme. 1. Overture "Merry Wives of Windsor" – Nicolai. 2. Scene from "The Winter's Tale." Act 4. Near the Shepherd's Cottage. Antolycus, a Rogue – Robert Atkins, Florizel, Son to Polixenes – Henry Kendall, Perdita, Daughter to Lontes, adopted by the Shepherd – Sybil Thorndike, Dorcas, Shepherdess – Mona Maughan, Mopsa Shepherdess, Olive Walter, Camillo, a Lord of Sicilia – Corney Grain, Polixenes, King of Bohemia – Ernest A. Walker, Young Shepherd – Mark Stanley, Old Shepherd – Arthur Fayne. 3. Two Songs – (a) "Who is Sylvia" – Leveridge (1670-1758) (b) "It was a Lover and his Lass" – Morley, from the "First Book of [?]" 1600. Dawson Freer at the Pianoforte – Frank Abernethy, Mus. Doc. 4. Scene from "Henry IV" (Part 1) Lady Pasey – Viola Tree, Lady Mortimer – Dilys Jones, Henry Percy (Hotspur) – William Stack, Edmound Mortimer – Robery Atkins, Owen Glendover – Fewlass Llewellyn. Costumes of Viola Tree and Dilys Jones lent by Sir Herbert Tree. 5. Scene from – "Henry VIII." Ac 3. Scene 1, Queen Katherine – Ellen Terry, Attendant, Patience – Edith Craig, Singing Ladies – Marie Brnda, Doroty [?], Dilys Jones, Cardinal Wolsey – J. Fisher White, Cardinal Campeius – Jerrold Robertshaw (by permission of Mr [?][?]), Griffith – Ben Greet. Trio – "Oprheus and his Lute" – German Scene produced by Edith Craig – Costumes lent by [?]. 6. Opera scene from – "Romeo and Juliet". Music by Charles Gounod. Julie – Miriam Licette, Romeo – Webster Millar by permission of Sir Thomas Beecham. 7. Recitation – Henry Ainley, by permission of Mr. Frederick Harrison. 8. Scene from "Macbeth" Lady Macbeth – Mary Anderson, Gentlewoman – Sybil Thorndike, Doctor – Ben Greet. 9. Aria – Ave Maria (Othello) – Verdi. Desdemona – Viola Tree. 10. Ballet and Aria – Hamlet (Mad Scene) – Thome. Ophelia – Nora D'Argel, Dancers – Mrs. Henry Wordsworth's Pupils. 11. Two Scenes from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" concluding with "Pyramus and Thisbe." Scene I. Athens, the palace of Thesus, Thesus, Duke of Athens – Ernest Meads, Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, his bride – Margaret Sutcliffe, Philostrate, Master of the Revels – Gwen Lally, Hermia, in love with Lysander – May Congdon, Egeus, Father of Hermia – Arthur Fayne, in love with Hermia, Demetrius – John Napper, Lysander – Mark Stanley, Helena, in love with Demetrius – Estelle Stead. Scene II. – Quince's Abode. Bottom, a weaver – Ben Greet, Quince, a Carpenter - Robert Atrins, Flute, a Bellows mender – Ernest Walker, Starveling, a Tailor – Arthur Fayne, Snout, a Tinker – Victor Lewishorn, Snug, a Joiner – Henry Burge, Puck – Agnes Carter. To conclude with – "the King's Prayer" Recited by The Company. (Taken from the Play of "Ralph Roister Doister," and written in the Reign of Edward VI.) The Lord preserve our most noble King of renown, and his virtues reward with the Heavenly Crown, the Lord strengthen his most excellent Majesty, long to reign over us all in prosperity. That his godly proceedings, the faith to defend, he may ‘stablish and maintain through to the end. God grant him as he doth the gospel to protect, learning and virtue to advance, and vice to correct, god grant his loving subjects both the mind and grace, his most godly proceedings worthily to embrace. His highness most worthy councellors God prosper, with honour and love all men to minister. God grant the nobility him to serve and love. With all commonty, as doth them behave. Amen. "God Save The King". Marie Benda, the Audience, and the Company. Conductor of the Orchestra – Mr. Charles, Corri. Stage under the direction of Ben Greet, assisted by Robert Atki S. Costumes for our Company in Operas and Plays by Messrs. Rayne, Waterloo Road. Limelight and Effects by H. Luscombe Toms. Floral Decorations by Messrs. Smeeton, Princes Square, S.E. The order of Programme will not necessarily be observed, and the various items will be notified to the audience by numbers. The Shakespearean and Classical Plays given during the last two Seasons were – Comedy of Errors 4 Evening Performances. King Rene's Daughter 4 Evening Performances. Merry Wives of Windsor 4 Evening Performances. As You Like It 5 Evening Performances and 7 Matinees. Romeo and Juliet 5 Evening Performances. Merchant of Venice 10 Evening Performances and 7 Matinees. Henry V. 6 Evening Performances and 5 Matinees. The Rivals 6 Evening Performances and 3 Matinees, The Tempest 9 Evening Performance and 7 Matinees, Othello 5 Evening Performances. Richard III. 6 Evening Performances and 2 Matinees. Midsummer Night's Dream 11 Evening Performances and 10 Matinees. The Winter's Tale 5 Evening Performances and 2 Matinees. Julius Caesar 7 Evening Performances and 6 Matinees. Star of Bethlehem 2 Evening Performances and 2 Matinees. Twelfth Night 11 Evening Performances and 6 Matinees. Hamlet 9 Evening Performances and 4 Matinees. Much Ado About Nothing. 3 Evening Performances and 1 Matinee. She Stoops to Conquer 10 Evening Performances and 3 Matinees. The Taming of the Shrew 10 Evening Performances and 1 Matinee. The School for Scandal 5 Evening Performances and 1 Matinee. Everyman, Morailty Play 3 Matinees.
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We hope to re-open in September on the 100th Anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of this Theatre. The authorities are desiring costly alterations to the stage of our present programme of Plays and Opera are continued. We feel if the remarkable work done at this unique Playhouse and the difficulties under which we labour were more widely known, many people interested in music and Drama of a recrestive nature would gladly help financially. The Manager has not the heart at this present time to make a direct appeal for funds, but a prompt promise of renewed and increased subscriptions would considerably help the difficulty.

2. Programme

Date Undated
Play(s) Twelfth Night; The Taming of the Shrew; Othello; Much Ado About Nothing; The Winter's Tale; Macbeth; The Merchant of Venice; Henry V; As You Like It
Production Date(s) Saturday April 22nd 1916 to Friday May 5th 1916
Venue Royal Victoria Hall
Venue address Waterloo Road, SE
Time of performance 2.30pm 7.45pm
Producer Ben Greet
Conductor Chas. Corri
Document ID ET-D842 Original record
Held by The British Library
Notes Shakespeare Tercentenary Festival; annotated by Ellen Terry.

3. Programme

Date 22 April 1916
Production Date(s) Saturday April 22nd 1916 to Friday May 5th 1916
Venue Royal Victoria Hall
Venue address Waterloo Road SE
Time of performance 2.30pm 7.45pm
Producer Ben Greet
Conductor Chas. Corri
Document ID ET-D842a Original record
Held by The British Library
Notes Shakespeare Tercentenary Festival. Annotated in Ellen Terry's hand.

4. Programme

Date 25 April 1916
Play(s) The Winter's Tale; Henry VI; Henry VIII; Romeo and Juliet; Macbeth; A Midsummer Night's Dream
Production Date(s) Tuesday April 25th 1916
Venue Royal Victoria Hall
Venue address Waterloo Road SE
Time of performance 2.30pm
Stage Manager Robert Atkins
Costume Maker Messrs Rayne
Conductor Charles Corri
Document ID ET-D500a Original record
Held by The British Library
Notes Shakespeare Tercentenary Festival; Ellen Terry as Katherine.

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