THE GOLDEN AGE OF BRITISH THEATRE (1880-1920)
by Sydney Higgins
Lena Ashwell (1872-1957)
An important classical actor & the first organizer of large-scale war-time troop entertainment.
Dorothea Baird (1975-1933)
The original British Trilby.
Harley Granville Barker (1877-1946)
An actor and director who did much to establish Bernard Shaw as a major playwright and brought new life to the staging of Shakespeare's plays.
Arthur Bourchier (1863-1927)
The husband of Violet Vanbrugh.
Constance Collier (1878-1955)
The Gaiety girl who became a much-loved classical actress and then Hollywoods most famous acting coach.
Phyllis Dare (1890-1975)
The elder sister of Zena.
Zena Dare (1887-1975)
The younger sister of Phyllis.
Winifred Emery (1862-1921)
At the end of the Nineteenth Century, she was one of England's most popular actresses, both in classical plays and comedy.
Adeline Genée (1878-1970)
Billed by Florenz Ziegfeld as 'the world's greatest dancer' she not only popularized ballet but did much to re-establish it as an important art form in Britain and America.
Sir John Hare (1844-1921)
One of the most famous English actors and theatre managers in the late 1800s.
Sir Seymour Hicks (1871-1949)
A distinguished actor-manager, playwright and early film star, whose theatrical career extended for more than 60 years.
H. B. Irving (1870-1919)
The son of Sir Henry Irving.
Isabel Jay (1879-1927)
A principal D'Oyly Carte soprano who became a star of musical drama.
Cecilia (Cissy) Loftus (1876-1943)
When she made her stage debut at 15, Max Beerbohm became infatuated with her and Toulouse Lautrec sketched her. She became one of the most versatile of performers with a career extending over fifty years.
Marie Löhr (1890-1975)
The Australian-born star whose theatrical career extended over 72 years and who made more than 40 films.
Mabel Love (1874-1953)
A dancer and actress who was considered to be one of the great stage beauties.
Edith Wynne Matthison (1875-1955)
Famed for playing Everyman & for being an early love of Edna St. Vincent Millay.
Cyril Maude (1862-1951)
An influential comedian, actor and theatre manager whose stage career extended over 60 years.
Gertie Millar (1879-1952)
The much loved star of English musical comedies from 1901 to 1915.
Decima Moore (1871-1964)
A leading member of theD'Oyly Carte company.
Courtice Pounds (1862-1927)
A star of Gilbert & Sullivan productions who became a great Shakespeare player.
Louie Pounds (1873-1970)
The sister of Courtice, who briefly became a star of musical plays.
Gabrielle Ray (1883-1973)
Once described as being "the most beautiful woman in the United Kingdom".
Ellen Terry (1847 -1928)
Considered by many to have been the greatest Shakespearian actress of her era.
Part 1. THE EARLY YEARS, 1847-1872
Part 2. THE TRIUMPHANT YEARS, 1873-1928
(not yet available)
Ellaline Terriss (1872-1971)
A fine actress in her own right, she become the wife of Sir Seymour Hicks.
Vesta Tilley (1864-1952)
Britain's most popular male impersonator and one of the country's most successful music hall performers.
Dame Irene Vanbrugh (1872-1949)
A skilled & effective star of the British theatre who delighted audiences for over 50 years.
Violet Vanbrugh (1856-1942)
The elder sister of Dame Irene Vanbrugh and the wife of Arthur Bourchier.
E. S. Willard (1853-1915)
His intense but controlled style of acting had an immense - although now all but forgotten - impact on the theatre, both in England and the United States.
Daisy Wood (1877-1961)
A younger sister of Marie Lloyd who had her own successful music-hall career.
You may also be interested in these associated sites:
A History of Theatre Postcards
A History of Playbills and Theatre Programs
The Camerino Players
Medieval Drama Links
Bibliography of Cornish Medieval Drama
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