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19-24 October 1903

Much Ado About Nothing (etc.)

Location Prince's Theatre, Oxford Street, Manchester, UK
Plays performed Much Ado About Nothing; The Merchant of Venice


Date 21 October 1903
Play(s) Much Ado About Nothing; The Merchant of Venice
Production Date(s) 19 October 1903 to 24 October 1903
Venue Prince's Theatre
Venue address Manchester
Time of performance 2pm 7.30pm
Producer Edward Gordon Craig
Stage Manager Fred Boustead
Scene Designer Edward Gordon Craig
Music Director Leonard Chalk
Document ID ET-D280 Original record
Held by The British Library
Notes Ellen Terry as Beatrice; Edith Craig as Margaret; Matheson Lang as Benedick.
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Princess Theatre Manchester 1903. Ellen Terry October 19th to 24th. Programme. Price One Penny. Proprietors The United Theatres Co. Ltd. Manager, Mr. Oscar Barrett. Telephone 620. LLOYD & TAYLOR, 77 MARKET ST. MANCHESTER

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Muratti's ‘Ariston' ‘Neb-Ka' high-class cigarettes. Wear Dunn's famous Hats. The 1903 Hat. 80 Branches. Depot: 57 & 59, Market St., and 19, Piccadilly, Manchester. Simply Perfect. Perfectly Simple. Swain Tyres. No wires. No worries. No trouble. Of all Cycle Agents or direct. "Tale of Two Tyres" free Regd. Address: - Swain Tyre Works, Horwich. Cerebos Salt. For table and kitchen. Monday, October 19th, 1903, at 7-30, for six nights and Matinee: Wednesday, October 21st, at 2 o'clock. Important Engagement of Ellen Terry and her Entire London Company. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings, and Wednesday Matinee, Shakespeare's comedy "Much Ado About Nothing". Designed and Produced under the direction of Mr. Edward Gordon Craig. Don Pedro (Prince of Aragon) – Mr. Julian. L'Estrange, Don John (his Bastard Brother) – Mr. William Luff, Claudio (a Young Lord of Florence) – Mr. E. Harcourt 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 Juan, 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, Beatrice – Miss Ellen Terry. Act 1. Scene - Leonato's House. Act 2. Scenes 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. During the Evening the orchestra will perform the following Music : Overture – "The Merry Wives of Windsor" - [?]. Selection "Merry England" – German. Suite "Rural Scenes" [?]. Selection "Much Ado About Nothing" – German. Friday Evening, A Triple Bill. "Punchinello" The Trial Scene from "The Merchant of Venice" "Nance Oldfield". For Miss Ellen Terry, Business Manager – Mr. Alfred Courtenay, Musical Director – Mr. Leonard Chalk, Stage Manager – Mr Fred Boustead, Advance Manager - Mr. G. Aubrey Hall. Groves & Whitnall's Ales and Stout at the Bars of the Principal Theatres. Wonderful value. Medoc superior. A pure vintage Claret. 9/- per doz., cash. Sample bottle 1/-. In the hope of popularising Pure French Claret, which is one of the most wholesome wines in the world for dinner use, we offer the above for one year at 9/- per Dozen, Cash. Findlater & Mackie (Manchester & Dewsbury Ltd), Bank Street, Manchester. Wanted to buy old engravings, water-colour drawings, old china, bronzes, &c. Best prices given. A. T. Leeming, fine art dealer, 16, Moult St., Orees St., (Opposite "Evening News" office). No breakfast table complete without Epps's Cocoa. Grateful – Comforting. The most nutritious and economical. Always used throughout this Theatre. "Jeyes Fluid." Styles I saw in Paris. Tailor-made Costumes in Blues, Grey's Reds, and Mixtures. Long Coats, close fitting, and shirt walking skirts, trimmed applique of silver and blue silk, gold and green silk, and gold and red silk. (Embroidered by hand) Copied by Mr. J. Moss during his recent visit to Paris. Costumes complete, 57s. 6d to £4 10s. All work done by Men on my Premises. J. Moss, Ladies' Continental Tailor, 118, Cheetham Hill Rd., Manchester. Telephone – 99 C. Hill. H. E. Randal, Ltd. The London Bootmakers, The "Yeldtic" Boot (reg.) 14/6 stout damp-proof soles for Golf, Shooting or Country Wear. For 1903 – Special New Line, Men's Lace Boot the, 10/6 whole goloshed, Calf, Box Calf, & Tan Willow Calf. 68, Market St., Manchester.

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Edith Craig directed plays in support of the women's suffrage movement.

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