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Lives of Shakespearian Actors, Part V

Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Henry Irving and Ellen Terry by their Contemporaries


Lives of Shakespearian Actors

Series Editor: Gail Marshall
Volume Editors: Anjna Chouhan, Katharine Cockin, Victor Emeljanow and Denis Salter
Consultant Editor: Tetsuo Kishi

3 volume set: 1392pp: 234x156mm: 2012
978 1 85196 931 9: £295/$520

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These volumes chart the careers of three Shakespearian actors through reviews, interviews and reminiscences. Sources are chosen to illustrate individual performances and the contemporary responses to them.

Herbert Beerbohm Tree epitomized the late-Victorian and Edwardian actor-manager. Known for his monumental productions of Shakespeare, he was criticized by many as vulgar. Yet his work was popular and his Shakespeare festivals celebrated Shakespeare’s place as a national and imperial figure.

Famous for his distinctive mannerisms, Henry Irving’s acting divided critics. Perhaps the best known of all the actor-managers, he often took responsibility for directing, set-design and casting, and re-opened the Lyceum theatre under his own control. In 1895 he was the first actor to be awarded a knighthood.

Ellen Terry was considered the greatest Shakespearian actress in Britain. Brought into partnership with Irving, she spent two decades as his leading lady.

Substantial volume introductions and extensive notes provide contextual analysis of the source material. This set will be essential to those researching the staging of Shakespeare’s plays, the History of the Theatre and to those teaching performance studies.

  • Contains over 300 rare documents, including reviews, articles and extracts from biographies
  • Focuses on the contemporary response to performance
  • Material is drawn from several periodicals including Era, Blackwood’s Magazine and the Athenaeum
  • Editorial apparatus includes a general introduction, chronology, volume introductions, headnotes and endnotes
  • Consolidated index appears in the final volume

Volume 1: Herbert Beerbohm Tree
Edited by Victor Emeljanow

'Herbert Beerbohm Tree', Theatre (1881); Arthur Goddard, Players of the Period (1891) [excerpt]; 'Re-opening of the Haymarket', Era (1887); 'The Haymarket Theatre', Saturday Review (1887); 'Captain Swift', Era (1888); 'A Man’s Shadow', Pall Mall Gazette (1889); 'A Man’s Shadow', Era (1889); 'The Dancing Girl', Saturday Review (1891); Julia Nielson, 'The Dancing Girl', in This for Remembrance (1940); 'Hypatia', Era (1893); 'The Player’s World', Encore (1893); 'Hypatia', Jewish Chronicle (1893); 'Drama – At His Majesty’s Theatre', Academy (1907); 'A Woman of No Importance', Era (1893); 'Trilby on the Stage at Manchester: First Performance in England', Daily News (1895); 'Trilby', Era (1895); 'Enemy of the People', Era (1893); X, 'Mr Tree’s Monday Nights', Fortnightly Review (1890); 'Merry Wives of Windsor', Saturday Review (1889); 'Drama: The Week', Athenaeum (1889); 'King John', Theatre (1889); William Archer, 'King Henry IV on the stage', Daily Chronicle (1896); G B Shaw, 'Henry IV', Saturday Review (1896); 'Haymarket Theatre: A Fine Revival and Appeal to Mr. Tree', London Echo (1896); Owen Nares, Myself and some Others (1925) [excerpt]; Beerbohm Tree, 'Hamlet from an Actor’s Prompt Book', Fortnightly Review (1895); Clement Scott, Some Notable 'Hamlets' (1905) [excerpt]; 'Hamlet at the Haymarket', Era (1892); 'Haymarket Theatre', Queen (1892); 'Art and Architecture on the Stage: Twelfth Night', Architectural Review (1901); 'Her Majesty’s Theatre', The Times (1901); 'The Merry Wives', Daily Mail (1902); 'His Majesty’s Theatre – Miss Ellen Terry’s Jubilee', The Times (1906); 'His Majesty’s Theatre – The Merry Wives of Windsor', Morning Post (1908); Raymond Blathwayt, 'Mr Tree as Shylock: An Impression of the Great Production at His Majesty’s', Black and White (1908); 'Mr Tree’s Shylock', Daily Telegraph (1908); 'The Ghetto on the Stage: Behind the Scenes at His Majesty’s', Daily Chronicle (1908); Leon M Lion, The Surprise of my Life: The Lesser Half of an Autobiography (1948); 'A Great Shylock', Evening Standard (1908); S D, 'Shylock in a New Garb', Daily Express (1908); Beerbohm Tree, 'The New Costume Society and the Stage', Theatre (1883); Sidney Lee, Shakespeare and the Modern Stage and other Essays (1906) [excerpt]; Beerbohm Tree, 'The Staging of Shakespeare', Fortnightly Review (1900); William Poel, 'The Staging of Shakespeare', Fortnightly Review (1900); W Hughes Hallett, 'The Staging of Shakespeare: A Reply to Mr Beerbohm Tree', Fortnightly Review (1900); Percy Fitzgerald, Shakespearean Representations (1908) [excerpt]; London Shakespeare League, 'Report of a Public Discussion on the Best Method of Presenting Shakespeare’s Plays', 2nd edn (1915); Beerbohm Tree, 'An Apology for Julius Caesar', Academy (1898); E M R, 'Mr Beerbohm Tree’s Mark Antony', Westminster Review (1898); 'King John at Her Majesty’s Theatre', The Times (1899); 'King John at Her Majesty’s Theatre', Daily News (1899); J T Grein, 'Her Majesty’s: A Midsummer Night’s Dream', Premieres of the Year (1900) [excerpt]; 'Her Majesty’s Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream', The Times (1900); 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream', Era (1900); 'His Majesty’s Theatre', The Times (1903); Desmond MacCarthy, 'Shakespeare at His Majesty’s', Speaker (1907); 'Drama – The Week', Athenaeum (1907); Harold Hodge, 'Antony and Cleopatra', Saturday Review (1907); 'The Shakespeare Festival', Era (1905); J T Grein, 'Shakespeare’s Festival at His Majesty’s Theatre', Sunday Times (1905); 'His Majesty’s Theatre – Hamlet', The Times (1905); Carados, 'Shakespeare Celebration', Referee (1906); 'Ellen Terry’s Stage Jubilee', Standard (1906); 'His Majesty’s Theatre – Julius Caesar', Morning Post (1906); 'Shakespeare Festival', Daily Graphic (1907); 'Merry Wives of Windsor', Morning Post (1907); 'A Jubilee Night at His Majesty’s Theatre', Standard (1907); 'Shakespeare and the Schools', Education (1909); 'Children at the Theatre', Standard (1909); 'Shakespeare at His Majesty's', Daily Chronicle (1909); 'His Majesty’s Shakespeare Festival', Observer (1909); 'His Majesty’s Theatre – Hamlet', Stage (1910); 'His Majesty's Theatre – London Shakespeare Festival', Morning Post (1910); 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona', Westminster Gazette (1910); 'Fairies, Rabbits and some Others', Pall Mall Gazette (1911); 'The London Shakespeare Festival', The Times (1912); Mordred, 'Exit Shakespeare', Referee (1912); J T Grein, 'This Week’s Premieres', Sunday Times (1912); The Theatre – The Shakespeare Festival at His Majesty’s', Academy (1913); W A, 'His Majesty’s', Star, (1913); 'Sir Herbert Tree: A Versatile Actor and Manager', The Times (1917); T P O’Connor, 'Memories of Beerbohm Tree: A Personal Pen Picture' Era Annual (1918); Desmond MacCarthy, 'From the Stalls', in Max Beerbohm (ed), Herbert Beerbohm Tree: Some Memories of Him and his Art (1920); H M Walbrook, 'Beerbohm Tree and Shakespearean Theatre', Nineteenth Century (1917); Gordon Crosse, Shakespearean Playgoing 1890–1952 (1953)

Volume 2: Henry Irving
Edited by Anjna Chouhan and Denis Salter

W Archer and R W Lowe, The Fashionable Tragedian: A Criticism With Ten Ilustrations (1877) [excerpt]; H Irving, A Letter Concerning Mr Henry Irving Addressed to E R H (1877); F A Marshall, Henry Irving Actor and Manager: A Criticism of A Critic's Criticism (1883); H Irving, 'The Round Table. The Character of Shylock', Theatre (1879) [excerpt]; T Martin, 'Theatrical Reform: The "Merchant of Venice" at the Lyceum, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1879) [excerpt]; E R Russell, 'Henry Irving As Shylock', Theatre (1880); P Fitzgerald, 'Irving's Acting. A Study', Whitehall Review (1880) [excerpt]; A B Walkley, 'Drury Lane Theatre. "The Merchant of Venice", The Times (1905); 'The London Theatres. The Lyceum', Era (1882); 'Lyceum Theatre', Times (1882); 'Lyceum Theatre', The Times (1882); M Arnold, 'An Old Playgoer At The Lyceum', Pall Mall Gazette (1883); G A Sala, 'The Playhouses', Illustrated London News (1884); F A Marshall, 'Our Play-Box. "Twelfth Night; Or, What You Will"', Theatre (1884); W Archer, '"Twelfth Night" at the Lyceum', Macmillan's Magazine (1884); E Aveling, '"Twelfth Night" at the Lyceum', Our Corner (1884); 'Drama. Mr Irving's Richard III', Examiner (1877); 'Theatre Royal. Mr Henry Irving As Richard The Third', North British Daily Mail (1877); 'The Stage. Two Richards', Touchstone; or, The New Era (1877); H Irving, 'Four Favourite Parts', English Illustrated Magazine (1893) [excerpt]; '"Richard The Third" at the Lyceum', Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper (1896); '"Richard The Third" at the Lyceum', Standard (1896); Sir Edward Russell, 'The Round Table. Sir Henry Irving's Richard III', Theatre (1897); 'The Drama. Henry VIII at the Lyceum', Daily News (1892); J R Towse, Sixty Years of the Theatre: An Old Critic's Memories (1916) [excerpt]; A Ainger, 'The New Hamlet and His Critics', Macmillan's Magazine (1875); 'Drama. Mr. Irving's Hamlet', Examiner (1874); M Schlesinger, 'A German Critique on Mr Irving's Hamlet', The Times (1875); R H Hutton, 'Mr Irving's Hamlet', Spectator (1874); M Thomas, 'The Stage. Mr Irving and Miss Ellen Terry at the Lyceum', Academy (1879); Lady Hardy, 'The Hamlet of the Day', Theatre (1879); M Oliphant, 'Hamlet', Blackwood's (1879); M E Braddon, 'Macbeth at the Lyceum Theatre', Belgravia (1876); E R Russell, 'Mr Irving's Interpretations of Shakspeare', Fortnightly Review (1883); E R Russell, The True Macbeth. A Paper Read Before The Literary And Philosophical Society Of Liverpool (1875); 'Drama. Mr Irving's Macbeth', Examiner (1875); E R Russell, '"Macbeth" Revisited', Macbeth programme for 135th performance (1889) [excerpt]; H Labouchere, 'Macbeth and his Wife’, Truth (1889); J T Grein, ‘M. Irving et Mlle Terry au Lyceum’, Reveue d’Art Dramatique (1889) [excerpt]; W Archer, 'The Theatre. "Macbeth"', World (1889); '"Othello"', Era (1876); 'Mr Irving's Othello [From "Bell's Weekly Messenger"]', Orchestra (1876); G A Sala, 'The Playhouses', Illustrated London News (1881); 'Othello at the Lyceum', Saturday Review (1881); E R Russell, '"Romeo and Juliet" at the Lyceum', Macmillan's Magazine (1882); T H Ward, 'Romeo and Juliet at the Lyceum', The Times (1882); 'Romeo and Juliet at the Lyceum', Saturday Review (1882); H Labouchere, 'That Baggage Juliet', Truth (1882); H J Jennings, '"King Lear" at the Lyceum', Gentleman's Magazine (1892); 'The Week. Lyceum. "King Lear"', Athenaeum (1892); 'King Lear', Saturday Review (1892); 'Lyceum Theatre. "Cymbeline"', Daily Graphic (1896); 'Drama. The Week. Lyceum. "Cymbeline"', Athenaeum (1896); F C Gould, ‘Round the Theatres’, Westminster Gazette (1896); R Warwick Bond, '"Cymbeline" at the Lyceum', Fortnightly Review (1896); W Archer, 'The Theatre. "Coriolanus" – "Count Tezma"', World (1901); 'Lyceum Theatre. "Coriolanus"', Daily Graphic (1901); J T Grein, Dramatic Criticism (1900–1); A Warren, London Days: A Book of Reminiscences (1921); Sir J Martin-Harvey, The Autobiography of Sir John Martin-Harvey (1933)

Volume 3: Ellen Terry
Edited by Katharine Cockin

Charles Dodgson, The Diaries of Lewis Carroll Volume One (1856–8) [excerpts]; Charles Tawse, ‘Charles Kean’s Winter’s Tale', Theatre (1888); 'Drama', Daily News (1858); 'The Theatres', Daily News (1887); Frederick Wedmore, ‘The Merchant of Venice at the Prince of Wales’, Stage, (1875); ‘Theatres’, Graphic (1875); J S, ‘The Merchant of Venice at the Prince of Wales’s Theatre’, Fraser’s Magazine (1875); Henry James, The Scenic Art of Henry James (1949) [excerpts]; 'Art Gossip: Henry Irving as Manager', Aberdeen Journal (1879) [excerpt]; H Savile Clark, 'To Miss Ellen Terry as Ophelia', Examiner (1879); H Savile Clark, 'Hamlet at the Lyceum', Examiner (1879); ‘Theatrical Reform: The Merchant of Venice at the Lyceum’, Blackwood’s Magazine (1879); ‘The Examiner of Plays: The Lyceum’, Examiner (1879); ‘The Examiner of Plays: The Merchant of Venice at the Lyceum', Examiner (1879); ‘Theatres’, Graphic (1879); Anna Lea Merritt, ‘Miss Ellen Terry as Ophelia, Etcher (1879); W Davenport Adams, ‘Ellen Terry as Beatrice', Theatre (1880); ‘Mr Irving and Miss Terry in Glasgow’, Era (1883); ‘Miss Ellen Terry’s Benefit', Era (1887); Edward Dutton Cook, ‘Ellen Terry’, Theatre (1880); [Henry James], ‘The London Theatres’, Scribner’s Monthly (1881); ‘Public Amusements’, Liverpool Mercury (1881); E R R, ‘Ellen Terry as Portia’, Theatre (1880); ‘Helen Faucit and Ellen Terry’, Era (1880); ‘Miss Ellen Terry as Portia’, Illustrated London News (1880); Kate Terry Gielgud, An Autobiography (1953) [excerpt]; Graham Robertson, Time Was: The Reminiscences of W Graham Robertson (1931) [excerpt]; A B W, 'The Drama', Speaker (1898); ‘King Lear at the Lyceum’, The Times (1892); Henry James, The Scenic Art of Henry James (1949) [excerpt]; [G B S], 'Romeo and Juliet', Saturday Review (1895); G B S, ‘Mainly About Shakespeare’, Saturday Review (1897); Marie Corelli, ‘Viola’, Temple Bar (1884); William Archer, ‘Twelfth Night at the Lyceum’, Macmillan’s Magazine (1884); Lewis Carroll, ‘The Stage and the Spirit of Reverence', Theatre (1888); William Winter, Shadows of the Stage (1906); William Archer, ‘Macbeth and Common Sense’, Murray’s Magazine (1889); A G L ,‘Irving’s Macbeth’, Poet-lore (1889); Percy Fitzgerald, 'Macbeth', Theatre (1889); Anon., [review of Macbeth], Morning Post (1888); Edward Gordon Craig, Ellen Terry and Her Secret Self (1931) [excerpt]; Henry James, The Scenic Art of Henry James (1949) [excerpt]; George Bernard Shaw, ‘Blaming the Bard’, Saturday Review (1896); R Warwick Bond, ‘Cymbeline at the Lyceum’, Fortnightly Review (1896); Clement Scott, The Drama Of Yesterday and To-Day (1899) [excerpt]; Bram Stoker, ‘The Art of Ellen Terry’, Playgoer (1901–2); Bernard Partridge, ‘Fifty Years A Queen (An Author’s Tribute)’, Punch (1906); Basil Dean, Seven Ages (1970) [excerpt]; Kate Terry Gielgud, An Autobiography (1953) [excerpt]; 'Miss Ellen Terry’s Jubilee Benefit’, Review of Reviews (1906); ‘The Winter’s Tale Revived at His Majesty’s Theatre’, Illustrated London News (1906); B W Findon, ‘The Play and Its Story’, Play Pictorial (1906); 'Miss Ellen Terry: Recital Programme' (1912); 'Miss Ellen Terry in her Charming Recital' [programme]; Christopher St John, 'Introduction', in Ellen Terry, Four Lectures on Shakespeare (1932); Ellen Terry, Four Lectures on Shakespeare (1932) [excerpt]; Christopher St John, The First Actress (1911) [excerpt]; Cariacature of Ellen Terry as Suffragette; ‘Miss Ellen Terry at the Haymarket’, Academy (1911); ‘Shakespeare’s Heroines by Ellen Terry’, Review of Reviews (1910); Ellen Terry, 'The Women of Shakespeare'; Basil Dean, Seven Ages (1970) [excerpt]; Anon., ‘The Last Rosalind’, Theatre (1885); Oscar Wilde, ‘Shakespeare and Stage Costume’, Nineteenth Century (1885); William Archer, ‘A Well-Graced Actress’, National Review (1886); Henry James, The Scenic Art of Henry James (1949) [excerpt]; Harry How, 'Illustrated Interview No. XVII: Ellen Terry', Strand (1892); Anon., ‘Miss Ellen Terry on Operatic Acting’, Magazine of Music (1893); Joseph Knight et al, ‘Who is the Greatest Living Actress – And Why?', Idler (1895); Clement Scott, ‘The New Dictator’, Theatre (1895); G B S, ‘The Silver Key’, Saturday Review (1897); Austin Brereton, ‘Ellen Terry, Player Queen’, English Illustrated Magazine (1897); T Edgar Pemberton, Ellen Terry and Her Sisters (1902) [excerpt]; Christopher St John, Ellen Terry (1907) [excerpt]; ‘Henry Irving and Ellen Terry’, Bookman (1908); H M Walbrook, ‘Great Acting in Shakespeare’, Pall Mall Magazine (1910); Anon., ‘Kate Douglas Wiggin and Ellen Terry’, Bookman (1911); 'Editorial', Freewoman (1911); Alice Comyns Carr, ‘Ellen Terry: Recollections of a Long Friendship’, Fortnightly Review (1922); Ivor Brown, ‘To the Unknown Goddess’, Saturday Review (1928); Stephen Gwynn, ‘Ebb and Flow’, Fortnightly Review (1928); Edward Gordon Craig, Ellen Terry and Her Secret Self (1931); Virginia Woolf, ‘Ellen Terry’, New Statesman (1941); Graham Robertson, Time Was: The Reminiscences of W Graham Robertson (1931) [excerpt]; Ernest Milton, ‘Heart and Mind’, Edy: Recollections of Edith Craig (1949); Margaret Webster, The Same Only Different: Five Generations of a Great Family (1969) [excerpts]; Rebecca West, 'New Light on Ellen Terry' (1932); Christopher St John, ‘Ellen Terry’s Shrine’, Sackbut (1933); 'The Ellen Terry Memorial' [leaflet]

Series Editor: Gail Marshall, University of Leicester
Volume Editor: Anjna Chouhan, University of Leicester
Volume Editor: Katharine Cockin, University of Hull
Volume Editor: Victor Emeljanow, Newcastle University
Volume Editor: Denis Salter, McGill University
Consultant Editor: Tetsuo Kishi, University of Kyoto
ISBNs: 9781851969319 978-1-85196-931-9

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