The Merchant of Venice, 21 May 1887, Image 5 of 5
Testimonial Benefit ot Dr. Westland Marston,
Wednesday Afternoon, 1st June,
AT HALF PAST TWO,
On which occasion Mr. IRVING will produce, for the FIRST TIME UNDER HIS MANAGEMENT, LORD BYRON'S Tragedy,
Or, THE INHERITANCE.
Werner (Count Siegendorf): Mr HENRY IRVING (First time)
Ulrie (His Son) Mr. ALEXANDER
Baron Stralenheim (Usurping WErner's right): Mr. C.GLENNY.
Gabor (The Hungarian): Mr WENMAN.
Idenstein (The intendant) Mr. HOWE.
Fritz (A domestic): Mr. CARTER.
Rodolph (Friend of Ulric) Mr. HAVILAND.
Henrick, Eric, Arnheim, Ludwig (Retainers of Siegendorf): Mr. ARCHER, Mr.CALVERT, Mr.CLIFFORD, Mr.HARVEY.
Josephine (Wife of Werner): Miss ELLEN TERRY (for this occasion only).
Ida Stralenheim (Daughter of Stralenheim ): Miss EMERY.
The Scenery by Mr. Hawes Craven. The Dresses by Auguste et Cie., from designs by Mr. Seymour Lucas, A>R>A, who most kindly volunteered his help.
The Music Composed and arranged by Mr. Meredith Ball.
Lord Byron's Tragedy, arranged for the Stage in Four Acts.
For the literary work in connection with this production Mr. F.A.Marshall is responsible.
WERNER is founded upon a story in the so-called "Canterbury Tales," entitled "Kruitzner," by Harriet Leo. The play follows the story closely, but the concealment from the reader of the murderer's identity, which is, perhaps, the strongest point in th estory, becomes a blemish in the play. An audience unacquainted with the play of "Werner" or with the tale of "Kruitzner" would eithe rbe entirely in the dark as to the connectin of Ulric wiht the murder, or, at the best, would be enabled to make but a vague guess as to his guilt. The true tragic interest of "Werner" may be said to lie in the proud and passionate love which Count Siegendorf (Werner) has for his son, of whose real character he has not the slightest suspicion; an dit is the shock of the disovery that Ulric is a robber and a murderer which atually proves fatal to the agonised father. The additions now made at the end of Act II. in this verion are simply amplifications of what is described in the original play, and it is hoped that they will help to strengthen the dramatic interest of the last act.
PRICES: Stalls, £2 2s.; Dress Circle (front row), 31s. 6d.; other rows 21s.; Upper Circle (front row), 15s.; other rows, 10s. 6d.; Amphitheatre, 6s.; Pit, 5s.; Gallery, 2s. 6d. Box Office now open.
W.S.Johnson, -Nassau Steam Press, 60, St. Martin's Lane, Charing Cross, W.C.
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