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14-19 September 1903

Much Ado About Nothing (etc.)

Location Prince of Wales Theatre, Broad Street, Birmingham, UK
Plays performed Much Ado About Nothing; The Merchant of Venice


Date 14-19 September 1903 [17]
Play(s) Much Ado About Nothing; The Merchant of Venice
Production Date(s) 14 September 1903 to 19 September 1903
Venue Prince of Wales Theatre
Venue address Broad St, Birmingham
Producer Edward Gordon Craig
Stage Manager Fred Boustead
Scene Designer Edward Gordon Craig
Costume Maker Ailsa Craig [Edith Craig]
Music Director W. Southworth, Leonard Chalk
Document ID ET-D274 Original record
Held by The British Library
Notes Annotated by Ellen Terry: 'dresses by Miss Ailsa Craig'. Ellen Terry as Beatrice; Edith Craig as Margaret; Matheson Lang as Benedick.
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Professional House, "Stage" and "Era" taken. Proprietor, J. Davis. The very spot for a good drink and a friendly chat, at the Windsor Cannon Street. The "Landseer" Camera £1. 1s. Union Photo Co., Worcester Street. "Landseer" P.O.P., &c. Instruction Free to Amateurs. Luncheons, teas, dinners, suppers, light refreshments. Speciality oyster & sandwich bar. "Metropole" High Street. Café and restaurant. Charlton's spirits (Newcastle-on-Tyne) Only Bass & Co's Ales (In perfect condition) draughted, Munich Lager, Wines, Liqueurs, Devon Cyder, Public and private dinners, smoking concerts. J. W. Parfitt, 110 & 111, Monument Rd, and 141, Gt. Tindal Street, Ladywood. Carriages of every description made to order. All kinds of Repairs and Repainting done in the shortest notice. "Set the Fashion to the World" Rover Cycles. Best value in the trade. The ten Guinea Rover. Rover Cycle Depot, Victoria Sq., Birmingham. Thos, Padmore & Sons, Telephone 1941. Gold Medal 1898 & 1901. 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Williams, Benedick, (a young lord of Padua) – Mr. Matheson Lang, Leonato, (Governor of Messina) – Mr. George Fitzgerald, Antonio (his Brother) – Mr. Reginald Dance, Balthazar (attendant on Don Pedro) – Mr. Theodore Jones, Followers of Don John, Borachio Mr. Hubert Carter, Conrade – Mr. Francis Darch, Two City Officers, Dogberry – Mr. Frederick Powell, Verges – Mr. C. Whittle, Friar Francis – Mr. Reginald Dance, A Sexton – Mr. Stephen Langton, A Boy – Miss Katherine Rivers, Oatcake – Mr. W. P. Leslie, Seacole – Mr. Bert Zardi, Watchman – Mr. John Church, 2nd Watchman – Mr. K. Blackmore, Messenger – Mr. Stephen Langton, Hero – Miss Hutin Britton, Margaret – Miss Edith King, Ursula – Miss Audrey Campbell and Beatrice – Miss Ellen Terry. Act 1 – Scene Leonato's House. Act 2 – Scene 1, 2 and 3, Leonato's Garden. Scene 4 – A Street. Act 3, Scene, A Church. Act 4 – Scene 1, A Prison. Scene 2, Leonato's Garden. Scene 3, Monument of Leonato. Scene 4, Leonato's Garden. Designed and Produced under the Direction of Mr. Edward Gordon Craig. On Friday evening only, Triple bill – A New One Act Play. Punchinello Adapted from the French, by Hubert Carter. Punchinello – Mr. Hubert Carter, Diderot – Mr. Reginald Dance, Etienne – Mr. Francis Darch, Madame Edouard – Miss Penelope Wheeler, Mdlle. Elise – Miss Katherine Rivers, Nanon – Miss Ailsa Craig. Scene – Diderot's Study in Paris. Trial Scene from the Merchant of Venice. The Duke – Mr. George Fitzgerald, Antonia – Mr. Harcourt. E. Williams, Bassanio – Mr. Matheson Lang, Gratiano – Mr. Julian L'Estrange – Shylock – Mr. Hubert Carter, Salarino – Mr. Francis Darch, Clerk – Mr. William Luff, Nerissa – Miss Hutin Britton, Portia – Miss Ellen Terry. Nance Oldfield Mr. Nathan Oldworthy – Mr. Frederick Powell. Susan Oldfield – Miss Audrey Campbell, Alexander Oldworthy – Mr. Julian L'Estrange, Mistress Anne Oldfield – Miss Ellen Terry. Scene – A Room in Mistress Oldfield;s House. For Miss Ellen Terry, Business Manager – Mr. Alfred Courtenay, Stage Manager – Miss Audrey Campbell, Musical Director – Mr. Leonard Chalk, Advance Representatives – Mr. G. Aubrey Hall. Programme of Music. Under the Direction of Mr. W. Southworth, Mus. Bac., Dunelm, the following Selection of Instrumental Music will be performed – Overture "Die [?]" – Reissiger. Stately Dance, Graceful Dance, Country Dance Cowen. Selection "Gems of England" – Basquit. Petite Reine – Victor Berand, La Reve De Pierrot – Gaublier. Cycles! Cycles! Our Leading Line! Gent's full roadster, clincher tyres, plated rims, [?] free wheel, crabbe front rim brake, crabbe back rim break, mud guards, &c guaranteed two years. £6 : 17 : 6 for cash, or 15/- a month. Ladies' 10/- extra. For 12 months. Main Wheeleries, 95, John Bright St, & 117, Soho Rd., Birmingham. Noted house for refreshments and high-class confectionary. W. E. Powell, 267 & 8, Broad Street. Rob Roy Pens "The Good Points of Rob Roy make writing a joy". 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Ward's far-famed Cambridge sausages and Melton pork pies are a delicious table delicacy and the increasing demand for the same convinces us that the public appreciate a genuine article such a supplied by Ward's. Try them and you will never buy any other. Broad St., Birmingham. Good fare. A warm welcome. A pleasant chat. Fred Chinn, the International Cycling Champion at the White Hart, Broad Street. This is the house of call for sportsmen of all classes. Vale's Stores, opposite this Theatre, step across for a glass of bitter and sandwich. La Prueba Cigars usual 3d, size – 3 for 6d., 6 for 1/-, 13 for 2/-. Box of 100, 12/6, carriage paid. 500, 3d, per 100 less. E. M. Withers. 59, Bull St., Birmingham. W. E. C. Meeke, Ladies' and Gents' Tailor, 11, Ethel Street, New Street, Birmingham. Riding Breeches, Motoring Garments a Speciality, Costumes from 50/-. Thos. Upton & Sons Publicans' Supply Stores, 309, Broad Street, Birmingham. W. Barrington Nurse, vocalist and instrumentalist : Musical Studio and Musical Agency : Music, Voice Production, and Singing. Terms Moderate. Bright Buildings (No. 7. First Floor). John Bright Street, Birmingham. September 21st, for Six Nights and Matinee on Thursday. As "Dante". With all the original scenery, appointments, costumes and effects, from the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. September 28th. Mrs Patrick Campbell. Monday – "The Joy of Living". Tuesday , Thursday and Saturday – "The Second Mrs Tanqueray." Wednesday, Friday and Matinee, Thursday – "Undine," preceded by "A Dream." Box Plan Open. Dress Circle & Stalls, 6/-. October 5th, "San Toy." S. & W. H. Reeves, engravers and rubber stamp makers, &c. 148, Hirst St., Birmingham. Umbrellas, sticks, rings, match boxes, key labels, dog collars, &c., &c., Engraved while waited for. Established 40 years. Choice Fruits, Flowers and Vegetables fresh daily. Note the address – G. T. Kent, 37, Islington Row, Edgbaston. Wear Stanton's Boots Corporation St. Branch 363 & 365, Coventry Road, Small Heath. Cast-off clothing. Full value given by G. Makepeace, 142, Digbeth. Stores – 31, Paradise Street.Anglo Bava Rian Ales. The Brewery, Sheperton Mallet. [?]. Casks all sizes. Casks and bottles. Mr. J. F. Graham has the honour to announce that amongst the attractions of the forthcoming Autumn Season at the Prince of Wales Theatre will be: - Mr. H. Beerbohm Tree's Company in the powerful Adaptation of Tolstoy's Masterpiece – "Resurrection". The Brightest of Musical Comedies from the Apollo, London – "The Girl from Kay's". Mr. Tom B. Davis's Latest London Lyric Production – "The Medal and the Maid". Arrangements with Mr. George Edwardes will provide for a Return Visit of the Charming Musical Play. – "A Country Girl". And the ever-memorable "San Toy." With its Phenomenal Farewell Cast of Favourite Artistes. Among the Personal Stars whom Mr. Graham has been fortunate enough to secure are : - Mrs. Patrick Campbell, In a round of her most Recent Creations. Mr. and Mrs. Kendal, In their ever-welcome and delightful Repertoire. Mr. Martin Harvey, Who will appear as Sydney Carton in "The Only Way." And will also sustain his Latest original Role in "The Exile". Mr. Lewis Waller. In the Marvellous Success of the London Season "Monsieur Beaucaire". The Eminent Actor Mr. Wilson Barrett. In addition to a grand revival of "Claudian" will produce his own New Elizabethan Comedy, "In the Middle of June." Mr. George Alexander Will appear in "Old Heidelberg," and is the magnificent Romantic Drama, "If I were King." And Sir Henry Irving, Who, prior to his departure for America, will present his stupendous production of Sardou's Great poetical play – "Dante" With all the original Scenery, Appointments, Costumes, and Effects from the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Auster Ltd., Crown Coach Iron Works. Barford Street, Birmingham. Telephone 1695. Telegrams – "Auster" Birmingham. Wheels and Rubber Tyres for carriages and motor cars a speciality. "Auster" quality is the finest-wearing rubber manufactured from all coach builders. Champion Tyres. Detachable Pneumatic. Fit any rim. 21/-, 26/- & 31/-, Cash with Order. All sizes in stock. Charles Lee patents. 246, Corporation St., Birmingham. Telephone 3975. Tele, 1578. B. Gilbert. Cambridge Street, tents, tarpaulings, flags, rick covers. Boots; boots; boots;. If you want Good and Cheap Boots go to the Manufacturer. R. Fabery, 9, Ledsam St., Ladywood, and corner of Salisbury Road, Cape Hill. Style Right! Fit Right! Price Right! Speciality in all the New Leathers Box calf, Willow calf and Glace kid, as Ladies' Gent's, and Children's Boots & Shoes. Special Attention given to repairs. Day & Bryant 317, Broad Street (Corner), Try our White long-cloth business shirt. Short fronted, detachable and reversible cuffs, open behind or in front, 4/6 each: 25/- ½ dozen, 13/- ½ dozen.

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Ellen Terry hated the tendency in American theatres to 'light the stage like a saloon'.

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