1890s, Edwardian Stage, England, Victorian Stage

John Martin-Harvey in Costume.

Photograph of John Martin-Harvey (1863-1944) as Sydney Carton in The Only Way at the Lyceum Theatre, London, London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, 1899

1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, Adaptation, Drama, Edwardian Stage, England, Silent Era, Victorian Stage

Harley Granville Barker.

Harley Granville Barker (25/11/1877-31/8/1948), London born actor, director, playwright, manager, critic, and theorist. After early success as an actor in the plays of George Bernard Shaw he increasingly turned to directing and was a major figure in British theatre in the Edwardian and inter-war periods. As a writer his plays, which tackled difficult and controversial subject matter, met with a mixed reception during his lifetime but have continued to receive attention.

1900s, Drama, Edwardian Stage, Victorian Stage

Nina De Silva.

Born in 1868 the daughter of Chilean consort Don Ramon de Silva Ferro with the birth name Angelita Helena Margarita de Silva Ferro , in 1889 she married her fellow actor Sir John Martin Harvey.


“The Taming of the Shrew.”
By Shakespeare.
Produced at the Prince of Wales’s Theatre, May 10. 1913.

It was announced that “The Taming of the Shrew” would be presented “in a new way.” It was, and in a very artistic and entertaining way, too! The Elizabethan atmosphere that pervaded the performance lent an unaccustomed aspect to the play. The small amount of scenery used was a noticeable feature of the production, yet it sufficed. When a change of scene was required screens were run on the stage by attendants. But the scenes used, and the costumes, were a feast for the eye. From a semi-circular chair in the orchestra well, Christopher Sly, in the fine robes of the Court, witnessed the play, which he frequently interrupted with amusing comments.

Mr. Martin Harvey and Miss N. de Silva were loudly applauded for their representations of Petruchio and Katharina respectively, and all the other characters were in very good hands. The costumes were designed by Mr. George Kruger. The stage decorations were painted by Mr. George J. Dodson, and for much of the “artistic atmosphere” Mr. William Poel was responsible.

1890s, 1900s, Adaptation, Drama, Edwardian Stage, England, Fashion, Victorian Stage

Nina Boucicault.

Born in 1867 in London, England she was the daughter of actor Dion Boucicault and his actress wife Agnes Robertson, she was the sister of actress Eva and actors Aubrey and Dion Boucicault Jr, the  first ever Peter Pan.

One of her plays was ‘The Light That Failed’ in 1903 at the New Theatre, London it was an adaptation of a novel by George Flemming adapted by Rudyard Kipling.

1900s, Comedy, Edwardian Stage, England, Musical

Havana Cast.

The cast of Havana: Lawrence Grossmith, Julia James, Daisy Williams, Connie Stuart, Chrissie Bell, Frances Kapstone, Kitty Lindley, Phyllis Barker and Gladys Cooper. Photo for the ‘Play Pictorial’

Havana is an Edwardian musical comedy in three acts, with a book byGeorge Grossmith, Jr. and Graham Hill, music by Leslie Stuart, lyrics by Adrian Ross and additional lyrics by George Arthurs. It premiered on 25 April 1908 at the Gaiety Theatre, London, starring Evie Greene as Consuelo, W. H. Berry as Reginald Brown, Lawrence Grossmith as Don Adolfo and Mabel Russell as Pepita. A young Gladys Cooper was in the chorus.

The production ran for 221 performances before touring the provinces. It also soon played in Berlin, Germany. An American production played at the Casino Theatre in New York after a Philadelphia tryout, with revisions by its star, James T. Powers.This production was staged by Ned Wayburn and ran from 11 February 1909 to 25 September 1909 for a total of 236 performances.

1900s, Comedy, Edwardian Stage, England, Musical

Introducing Mr Coyne and Miss Elsie.

Stage actors Joseph Coyne  an American well known for his leading roles in Edwardian theatre and Egkish actress Lily Elsie in a promotional shot for the 1909 musical ‘ The Dollar Princess’ shown at the Daly’s Theatre in London it premiered on September 25th 1909.

In late Victorian and Edwardian Britain, “Dollar Princess” was the nickname given to American heiresses. Playgoer and Society Illustratedwrote, “To the average playgoer there is something very attractive in watching the antics of the vulgar when surrounded by the refinement of art which he can neither understand nor appreciate…. Miss Lily Elsie, as Alice, shows even an improvement on her performance in The Merry Widow. The inimitable Mr. Joseph Coyne has put a lot more into his part than was possible on the first night…. He is great! His American accent is a thing to listen to….”