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3 July 1917

The Merchant of Venice

Location Chiswick Empire, 414 Chiswick High Road, London, UK
Plays performed The Merchant of Venice


Date 3 July 1917
Play(s) The Merchant of Venice
Production Date(s) Tuesday July 3rd 1917
Venue Chiswick Empire
Director Bertram Iles and David Cowis
Orchestra Empire Ladies' Orchestra
Document ID ET-D513 Original record
Held by The British Library
Notes Madame Clara Butt's Charity Matinee; Ellen Terry as Portia.
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Programme of Madame Clara Butt's Matinee. At Chiswick Empire, Tuesday, July 3rd, 1917. (By kind permission of Oswald Stoll, Esq.) Proceeds in Aid of the Day Servants' Hostel, Danvers Street, Chelsea.
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Programme. 1. Overture – Empire Ladies' Orchestra. (Musical Director: Mr. Victor Willis.) 2. Mons. Sacha Lasserson, the Great Russian Violinist. 3. Miss Laura Evans-Williams, the Famous Soprano, will sing "Ah ! fors e lui". 4. "The Women's Tribute." An Excerpt from "The Pageant of Fair Women," by Louis N. Parker, so successfully presented in the Queen's Hall recently. Britannia – Lady Tree, Truth – Miss May Whitty, Faith – Miss Marion Terry, Hope – Mrs. Edward Hulton, Love – Mrs. Joyce Carey, Courage – Miss Amy Brandon-Thomas, Pity – Miss Fay Davis, Youth – Miss Gwendoline Brogden, Wife – Miss Dorothy Parker, Sweetheart – Miss Phyllis Titmuss, Muse – Mrs. Val Ellis, Drama – Miss Lilian Braithwaite, Music – Miss Joan Maclean, Art – Miss Gwendoline Floyd, Postwoman – Miss Vane Featherstone, Worker – Miss Wish Wynne. Mother : Madam Clara Butt, who will sing "Have you news of my boy Jack?" 5. Miss Maude Royden will speak subject: "Mothers and their babies." 6. Madame Clara Butt will sing "My Treasure." Interval. During which Souvenir Brooches and Satin Book-covers will be sold for the benefit of the Day Servants' Hostel. 7. Mr. Ben Webster and Miss May Whitty in a Play, by Warrington Joy, entitled "His Reputation." 8. Madame Elsa Stralia, the Famous Australian Soprano, will sing Aria from "Ernani-Indolani." 9. Mr. W. H. Squire, the Celebrated Cellist. (a) "Dreaming" – Schumann (b) "The Merry Harvester" – Senallie-Squire. 10. Miss Ellen Terry and Mr. William Stack in the Trial Scene from "The Merchant of Venice." Cast. The Duke – Mr. Tom Heslewood, Antonio – Mr. H. R. Hignet, Salarino – Mr. Basil Bowden, Shylock – Mr. William Stack, Bassanio – Mr. Cowley Wright, Nerissa – Miss Marjorie Heslewood, Gratiano – Mr. Henry Oscar, Clerk of the Court Mr. Eric Ross and Portia – Miss Ellen Terry. 11. Madame Clara Butt will sing "Aside with me" S. Liddle. 12. God Save the King" First verse by miss Laura Evans-Williams. God save our gracious King, long live our noble King, God save the King. Send him victorious, happy and glorious, long to reign over us, God Save The King. Second verse by Madame Clara Butt. O'Lord, our God arise, scatter his enemies and make them fall. Confound their politics, frustrate their knavish tricks, on thee our hopes we fix, God save us all! Third verse, in which the audience is requested to join. Thy choicest gifts in store, on him be pleased to pour, long may he reign. May he defend our laws, and ever give us cause to sing with heart and voice God Save The King. At the Piano: Mr Harold Craxton. Stage under the direction of Mr. Bertram Iles (Manager, Shepherds Bush Empire) and Mr. David Cowis. Hon. Steward: Mr. F. G. Cressy. Piano by Chappell & Co. Floral Decorations by T. Johnson, Bedford Park, W.

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Objects of the day servants' hostel. To establish a Hostel where unmarried mothers can live with their children, and go out as day servants. To work the Hostel on sound industrial principles. To create a moral atmosphere in the Hostel or ordered freedom. To work on the principle of neither coercing nor coaxing the girls, but of treating them as reasonable beings, encouraging them, whenever it is possible, to think and decide for themselves. To allow each girl's moral and spiritual nature to develop in its own way and its own time, without any attempt to force in a few weeks or months what may take years of silent growth. To endeavour to prove that, by strengthening the mother-love in the girls, the best hope is afforded of their resisting the temptations which are bound to come in their way. Thus, when a girl at the Hostel has her times off, she can come back to her baby in the home tat is common to both of them, and feel that the child is her very own. And each little one will live in an atmosphere of personal and individual love, with its own mother, who, whatever her faults may be, can hardly fail to respond to the continuous call made upon her love and devotion. To give the girls full opportunity of being under religious influences, of attending Church or Chapel, and if they desire it, of going to Bible Classes, or other means of religious instruction connected with these Churches or Chapels. The Chiswick Empire (In Association with the London Coliseum) Managing Director – Oswald Stoll, District Manager – J. Christie, Manager – J. Persich, Assistant Manager – F. S. Tyler. JOHN KING, PRINTER, "GAZETTE OFFICE, HALING

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