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21 September 1903

Much Ado About Nothing

Location Princess of Wales Theatre, Kennington, London, UK
Plays performed Much Ado About Nothing


Date 21-24 September 1903 [17]
Play(s) Much Ado About Nothing
Production Date(s) 21 September 1903
Venue Princess of the Wales Theatre
Venue address Kennington SE
Time of performance 2.30pm 7.45pm
Producer Edward Gordon Craig
Stage Manager Fred Boustead
Scene Designer Edward Gordon Craig
Conductor J. H. Wilson
Music Director Leonard Chalk
Document ID ET-D275 Original record
Held by The British Library
Notes Ellen Terry as Beatrice; Edith Craig as Margaret; Matheson Lang as Benedick.
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Edith Craig directed many nativity plays.

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