1890 - 1899Other Shakespeare performances
26-28 July 1899

The Merchant of Venice

Location Royal Lyceum Theatre, London, UK
Plays performed The Merchant of Venice


Date 26 July 1899
Play(s) The Merchant of Venice
Production Date(s) Thursday 26 July 1899 to Saturday 28 July 1899
Venue Royal Lyceum Theatre
Stage Manager H. J. Loveday, Lionel Belmore, Percy Nash
Scene Designer Hawes Craven, W. Telbin, W. Hann
Music Director Meredith Ball
Document ID ET-D227 Original record
Held by The British Library
Notes Henry Irving as Shylock; Ellen Terry as Portia; Laurence Irving as Antonio and Dorothea Baird as Jessica.
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Royal Lyceum Theatre Managing Director Mr. J. Comyns Carr. The Merchant of Venice Henry Irving Miss Ellen Terry

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Friday evening, July 27th – The Merchant of Venice. Saturday evening, July 28th – Robespierre, Act III. Nance Oldfield. Waterloo. The Merchant of Venice, Act IV. There will be no afternoon performance on Saturday, July 28th.

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Shakespeare's comedy, The Merchant of Venice. In five acts. Shylock – Henry Irving, Bassiano – Mr. Arthur Royston, Duke of Venice – Mr. R. P. Tabb, Antonio – Mr. Laurence Irving, Prince of Morocco – Mr. James. S. Hearn, Salanio – Mr. Lugg, Salarino – Mr. Lionel Belmore, Gratiano – Mr. F. Tyars, Lorenzo – Mr. Harry B. Stanford, Tubal – Mr. J. Archer, Launcelot Gobbo – Mr. Charles Dodsworth, Old Gobbo – Mr. T. Reynolds, Gaoler – Mr. W. Graham, Leonardo, Mr. H. r. Cook, Balthazar – Mr. W. Marion, Stephano – Mr. F. D. Daviss, Jessica – Miss Dorothea Baird, Nerissa – Miss Maud Milton, and Portia – Miss Ellen Terry. Synopsis of Scenery. Act 1. Scene 1 – Venice, A Public Place – Hawes Craven. Scene 2 – Belmont, Portia's House - Hawes Craven, Scene 3. – Venice. A Public Place - Hawes Craven. Act II. Scene 1 – A Street - Hawes Craven. Scene 2 – Another Street - Hawes Craven. Scene 3 – Shylock's House by a bridge – W. Telbin. Act III. Scene 1 – Belmont. Room in Portia's House – W. Hann. Scene 2 – Venice. A Street - Hawes Craven. Scene 3 – Belmont. Room in Portia's House – W. Hann. Scene 4 – Venice. A Street - Hawes Craven. Scene 5 – Belmont. Room in Portia's House – W. Hann. Act IV. Scene – Venice. A Court of Justice - Hawes Craven. Act V. Scene – Portia's Garden, with Terrace - Hawes Craven. Programme of Music. The Orchestra under the direction of Mr. Meredith Ball. Overture – "Merchant of Venice" – Hamilton Clarke. Entr'acte "Air de Ballet" – Gounod. Entr'acte "Portia" – Hamilton Clarke. (a) Dance – "Henry VIII" – Edward German (b) Ballet Music "Faust" – Gounod. Entr'acte "Aubade Printaniere" – Paul Lacombe. Waterloo. Corporal Gregory Brewster – Henry Irving. The Merchant of Venice – Shylock Portia – Henry Irving Miss Ellen Terry. Nance Oldfield Mrs. Anne Oldfield – Miss Ellen Terry. The Lyons Mail Joseph Lesurques Dubose – Henry Irving. Robespierre. Maximilien Robespierre – Henry Irving. For dates of above performances see preceding page. For Henry Irving Mr. Bram Stoker, Mr. Charles E. Howson for the stage Mr. H. J. Loveday, Mr. Lionel Belmore, Mr. Percy Nash. Opera glasses can be had on hire from the cloakroom attendance. One shilling each. Lost property–the management will be obliged if anyone finding lost property will leave it with the Acting Manager, to whom all inquiries or complaints should be addressed. The Box office (Mr. H. Scariserick) open from 10 to 10. Seats can also be booked by letter, telegram (registered Telegraphic Address "Lyceum, London") or by Telephone, No. 2642 Gerrard. Private Boxes, £4 4s and £2 2s. " Stalls, 105. 6d. : Dress Circle, 7s ; Upper Circle, 4s ; Amphitheatre (reserved), 2s 6d. : pit, 2s. 6d. ; Gallery. 1s. Acting Manager Mr. R. G. Westmacott.

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Ellen Terry and George Bernard Shaw had a very long correspondence.

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