1904Ellen Terry provincial tour
12-17 September 1904

Much Ado About Nothing (etc.)

Location New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, UK
Plays performed Much Ado About Nothing; The Merchant of Venice

Programme, three copies

Date 12 September 1904
Play(s) The Merchant of Venice; Much Ado About Nothing
Production Date(s) 12 September [1904] to 17 September [1904]
Venue New Theatre Royal
Venue address Portsmouth
Producer Edward Gordon Craig
Stage Manager Charles La Trobe
Scene Designer Edward Gordon Craig
Music Director Christopher Wilson
Document ID ET-D428 Original record
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New Theatre Royal Portsmouth, Licensee Manager Mr. J. W. Boughton.

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Monday, September 12th, for six nights, and Matinee, Saturday, Sept, 17th, at 2.30 p.m. Doors open at 2.0 early door at 1.30. Important Engagement of Miss Ellen Terry and her Company, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday Matinee, Shakespeare's Comedy. The Merchant of Venice, dresses by Miss Ailsa Craig. Duke of Venice – Mr. F. S. Hamilton, Prince of Morocco (Suitor to Portia) – Mr. George Fitzgerald, Antonio (a Merchant of Venice) Mr Charles Thursby, Bassanio ( his Friend, suitor to Portia) – Mr. Matheson Lang, Friends to Antonia and Bassanio – Gratiano – Mr E. Harcourt Williams, Salarino – Mr. Eustace Le Grand, Solanio – Mr. Halliwell Hobbs, Lorenza in love with Jessica - Mr T. A. Shannon, Shylock (a Jew) Mr. Alfred Bucklaw, Tubal (a Jew, Shylock's friend) – Mr. Charles Whittle, Launcelot (a Clown, Servant to Shylock and afterwards Servant to Bassanio) – Mr. John Willes, Old Gobbo (Father to Launcelot) Mr. Leonard Craske, Servants to Portia – Balthazar – Mr. Paul Burnand, Stephano – Mr. Penderel Price, Nerissa (Waiting Maid to Portia) Miss Audrey Campbell, Jessica (Daughter of Shylock) – Miss Hutin Britton, Portia (a Rich Heiress) Miss Ellen Terry. Manificoes of Venice, Officers of the Court of Justice, Gaolers, Servants to Portia, and Other Attendants. Act 1 – Venice. Act 2, Scenes 1 and 3 – Venice. Scenes 2 and 4 – A Street in Venice. Act 3. Scenes 1 and 3 – Portia's House, Belmont. Act 3. Scenes 2 and 4 – A Street in Venice. Scene 5 – Portia's House, Belmont. Act 4 – A Court of Justice, Venice. Act 5 – The Garden, Belmont. There will be no interval between Acts 1 and 2. Prices of Admission, Orchestra Stalls and First Two Rows of Dress Circle, 5s. ; Other Rows, 4s. Upper Circle, 2s. Pit 1s. Gallery, 6d. Boxes (to hold 4), £1 11s. 6d. & £1 1s. Half-price at Nine o'clock – Orchestra Stalls or Dress Circle, 2s. 6d. Upper Circle, 1s, Pit, 6d. No half-price to Gallery. Admission at the early door 3d. extra to the Gallery, 6d. Extra to all Other Parts. Box Office open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., and from 8.30 p.m. until 10 p.m., and the same hours for Booking Seats by Telephone. No hats or bonnets allowed to be worn in the Private Boxes, Dress Circle, or Orchestra Stalls, expect at Matinees. Special Notice – All emergency doors may be used for the purpose of exit at the end of every performance. Mr. Broughton reserves to himself and to his Acting Manager, Mr. Armstrong Bell, the right to refuse admission. Holbrook & Son, Ltd., Printers, Queen Street, Portsmouth. Wednesday and Thursday, Shakespeare Comedy, Much Ado About Nothing designed and produced under the direction of Mr. Edward Gordon Craig. Don Pedro (Prince of Aragon) – Mr. Charles Thursby, Don John (his Bastard Brother) – Mr. T. A. Shannon, 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. J. S. Hamilton, Balthazar (attendant on Don Pedro) – Mr. Penderel Price, Followers of Don John, Borachio Mr. Alfred Bucklaw, Conrade – Mr. Eustace Le Grand, Two City Officers, Dogberry – Mr. John Willes, Verges (Officers) – Mr. Charles Whittle, Friar Francis – Mr. Halliwell Hobbes, A Sexton – Mr. Paul Burnand, A Boy – Miss Phyllis Carr, Oatcake – Mr. Goodwin Nock, Seacole – Mr. Charles A. Staite, Watchman – Mr. John Churcher, 2nd Watchman – Mr. George Herbert, Messenger – Mr. Leonard Craske, Hero – Miss Hutin Britton, Margaret – Miss Edith King, Ursula – Miss Penelope Wheeler, 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. Saturday Evening only, The Good Hope. An English version of Heijerman's Play "op Hoop Van Zegen." By Christopher St. John. A Tale of the Sea. Kniertje (a Fisherman's Widow) – Miss Ellen Terry, Her sons Geert – Mr. Matheson Lang, Barend – Mr. E Harcourt Williams, Joe (her Niece) – Miss Hutin Britton, Cobus (her Brother, a Pensioner) – Mr. Leonard Craske, Dantje (another Pensioner) – Mr. Charles Whittle, Clemens Bos (a Smack Owner) – Mr. George Fitzgerald. Mathilde (his Wife) – Miss Edith King, Clementine (his Daughter) – Miss Isabel Roland, Simon (a Shipwright) – Mr. John Willes, Marietje (his Daughter) – Miss Audrey Campbell, Mees (engaged to Marietje) –Mr. Halliwell Hobbes, Kaps (confidential Clerk) –Mr. J. T. Shannon, Saart (a Fishermen's Widow) – Miss Ailsa Craig, Trunus (a Fishermen's Widow) - Miss Penelope Wheeler, Jelle (a Begger) – Mr. Charles A. Staite, First Harbour Policeman – Mr. Goodwin Nock, Second Harbour Policeman – Mr. Paul Burnard. The Action of the Play takes place in a Dutch Fishing Village. Time - The Present. Acts 1, 2 and 3, Kniertje's Cottage, Act 4, Bos' Office. For Miss Ellen Terry, General Manager – Mr. Alfred Courtenay, Acting Manager – Mr. Thomas, J. Courtly, Advance Representative - Mr. G. Aubrey Hall, Stage Manager – Mr. Charles La Trobe, Musical Director – Mr. Christopher Wilson. Monday, September 19th, and during the week, and Matinee, Saturday, September 24th, at 2.30, The Geisha.

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

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