THE LONDON STAGE 1800-1900

Joseph Donohue and James Ellis, General Editors

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ROYAL ADELPHI THEATRE

(formerly THE SANS PAREIL THEATRE)

1806-1900

Seasonal Summary for 1894-1895

Edited by Meredith Klaus

A Publication of

The Adelphi Calendar Project

Alfred L. Nelson and Gilbert B. Cross, General Editors

Theodore J. Seward, Jr., Systems Analyst

1992

Contents

Theatre Information

Royal Adelphi Theatre. Doors open 7:30, curtain 8:00.

Ticket prices: private boxes (grand tier) 3 guineas, private boxes (pit tier) 2 guineas, private boxes (upper circle tier) 1 guinea, orchestra stalls 10/6d, balcony stalls 6/-, upper circle (reserved) 4/-, upper circle (unreserved) 3/-, pit 2/6d, gallery 1/-.

Seasonal Dates

6 September 1894 - 10 August 1895

271 performances: 5 matinee, 266 evening

Dark (25): Christmas Eve (24 Dec 1894)
Christmas Day (25 Dec 1894)
Rehearsal for the new piece (18 Mar 1895, 19 Mar 1895, 20 Mar 1895, 21 Mar 1895, 22 Mar 1895, 23 Mar 1895, 25 Mar 1895, 26 Mar 1895, 27 Mar 1895, 28 Mar 1895, 29 Mar 1895, 30 Mar 1895, 1 Apr 1895, 2 Apr 1895, 3 Apr 1895, 4 Apr 1895, 5 Apr 1895, 6 Apr 1895, 8 Apr 1895, 9 Apr 1895, 10 Apr 1895, 11 Apr 1895)
Good Friday (12 Apr 1895)

The Season

The 1894-1895 season was almost equally divided between two plays with long runs--The Fatal Card and The Girl I Left Behind Me. Though they shared an American setting, The Fatal Card moved quickly from its beginning in California to a more traditional English background. Also in common, both plays featured the welcome reappearance of the popular William Terriss.

Though hampered by a plot fraught with coincidence and what the Theatre described as puerile humor, both the Times and Theatre were generally commendatory, as was usual in their reviews of the Adelphi. The Theatre was slightly perturbed, however, by what it called a dangerous scene--"in which a gentleman, clad in the scantiest of bathing costumes, is called upon to make a love declaration from behind a mass of bulrushes." Fortunately, the scene had "been assigned to Mr. Harry Nicholls, whose personal popularity alone served to extricate him from the dangerous position in which the authors had placed him" (1 October 1894, p. 190).

The Times mentioned a concurrently running French version of the play at the Porte St. Martin Theatre in Paris, noting that "it is a good sign for our playwrights that French theatrical managers are beginning to show themselves almost as ready to translate or adapt English plays as we have been for so long to found our dramas upon French originals" (2 September 1894).

The Theatre commented that much of the plot material was familiar to Adelphi audiences, including

the attempted lynching of a scoundrel in California and his prompt rescue by the hero; the murder of a niggardly banker by a couple of desperadoes in circumstances that point to the dead man's son as the culprit; and finally the destruction of the villain by means of an infernal machine, the explosion of which brings the walls of the laboratory tumbling about his ears, and finally buries him beneath their weight (1 October 1894, p. 189).

Particularly commended among the actors were Terriss, Nicholls, W. L. Abingdon, for his portrayal of the villain's "cowardly, repulsive, and heartless accomplice" a "masterpiece of its kind," and Murray Carson for his portrait of the villain, George Marrable. Carson was apparently able to create a complex villain, at once repulsive (he cheats at cards, steals bonds and contemplates blowing up the hero with a bomb) and attractive (he is a fond and doting father). The rest of the actors and actresses were described in the Theatre as "thoroughly efficient in their respective ways."

Stage effects maintained their usual force and appeal. The bomb explosion, which wrecked both laboratory and villain, was tremendously effective in its shock-effect on the audience. Prior to the climax of the bomb scene, the audience was expecting the explosion to take place on stage, which would have made it relatively tame. However, at the critical moment the villain picked up the bomb and heaved it out of the window. After the smoke cleared, the stage was found to be littered with debris, some of which had crushed the villain.

Equally stirring was the sole other piece of the season, The Girl I Left Behind Me. The title is somewhat misleading, apparently, as the Times noted that Post Kennion, in the Blackfoot country of Montana, had almost as many female as male inhabitants (1 January, 1895, p 6). General Kennion, in fact, was more to be commended in his role as doting father to his daughter Kate, than for his military prowess. The post was in fact surrounded by threatening and warlike Indians (or "Redskins" as the Times denominated them) throughout the play and only saved by the timely return of the hero, Lieutenant Hawkesworth, played by William Terriss. The plot, as the Times remarked, is based on a love story rather than a military adventure (15 April 1895).

The Theatre also criticized errors in staging, pointing especially to the "general's home [which] reminds one of a Vanderbilt mansion in Fifth Avenue rather than an unpretentious dwelling-place in the wilds of a North-Western State." The Theatre maintained that since it was an American play, it needed "an American expert, or some English stage-manager who knew exactly how it should be presented" (1 May 1895, p. 294). Despite its faults, The Girl I Left Behind Me, which opened 13 April 1895, ran through the end of the season (10 August).

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Theatre Management And Functionaries

Authors

Belasco, David Girl I Left Behind Me, The (13 Apr 1895)
Chambers, C. Haddon Fatal Card, The (6 Sep 1894)
Fyles, Franklin Girl I Left Behind Me, The (13 Apr 1895)
Stephenson, B. C. Fatal Card, The (6 Sep 1894)

Musical Composers And Arrangers

Crook, John Girl I Left Behind Me, The (13 Apr 1895)
Jones, Edward Fatal Card, The (6 Sep 1894)

Actors

Abingdon, William L.

James Dixon (167) in Fatal Card (6 Sep 1894 - 16 Mar 1895); Lieutenant Morton Parlow (104) in Girl I Left Behind Me (13 Apr 1895 - 10 Aug 1895)

Blackburn, G.

Harry Curtis (141) in Fatal Card (6 Oct 1894 - 16 Mar 1895)

Boden, F.

Mike (167) in Fatal Card (6 Sep 1894 - 16 Mar 1895)

Budd, Herbert

Harry Curtis (26) in Fatal Card (6 Sep 1894 - 5 Oct 1894); Hiram Webster (111) in Fatal Card (10 Nov 1894 - 16 Mar 1895)

Carson, Murray

George Forrester (167) in Fatal Card (6 Sep 1894 - 16 Mar 1895)

Cockburn, George W.

Private Jones (104) in Girl I Left Behind Me (13 Apr 1895 - 10 Aug 1895)

Cross, Julian

John Ladru (104) in Girl I Left Behind Me (13 Apr 1895 - 10 Aug 1895)

Fulton, Charles J.

A. K. Austen (167) in Fatal Card (6 Sep 1894 - 16 Mar 1895); Major Burleigh (104) in Girl I Left Behind Me (13 Apr 1895 - 10 Aug 1895)

Gardiner, Edward W.

Harry Burgess (24) in Fatal Card (18 Feb 1895 - 16 Mar 1895); Arthur Penwick, M. D. (55) in Girl I Left Behind Me (13 Apr 1895 - 14 Jun 1895)

Harrison, W. B.

Bully Jack (167) in Fatal Card (6 Sep 1894 - 16 Mar 1895)

Macklin, Francis H.

General Kennion (104) in Girl I Left Behind Me (13 Apr 1895 - 10 Aug 1895)

May, Akerman

Cyrus Wackford (167) in Fatal Card (6 Sep 1894 - 16 Mar 1895); Sergeant Dix (104) in Girl I Left Behind Me (13 Apr 1895 - 10 Aug 1895)

Morley

cow boy (24) in Fatal Card (18 Feb 1895 - 16 Mar 1895)

Nicholls, Harry

Harry Burgess (143) in Fatal Card (6 Sep 1894 - 16 Feb 1895); Arthur Penwick, M. D. (49) in Girl I Left Behind Me (15 Jun 1895 - 10 Aug 1895)

Porter, Caleb

Hiram Webster (56) in Fatal Card (6 Sep 1894 - 9 Nov 1894)

Purdon, Richard

Terence O'Flynn (167) in Fatal Card (6 Sep 1894 - 16 Mar 1895); McGlynn (104) in Girl I Left Behind Me (13 Apr 1895 - 10 Aug 1895)

Rorke, Edwin

Andy Jackson (104) in Girl I Left Behind Me (13 Apr 1895 - 10 Aug 1895)

Strickland, W.

Dutch Winnigan (167) in Fatal Card (6 Sep 1894 - 16 Mar 1895)

Terriss, William

Gerald Austen (167) in Fatal Card (6 Sep 1894 - 16 Mar 1895); Lieutenant Hawkesworth (104) in Girl I Left Behind Me (13 Apr 1895 - 10 Aug 1895)

Thomas, Corry

Sulky Smith (167) in Fatal Card (6 Sep 1894 - 16 Mar 1895)

Walford

cattleman (167) in Fatal Card (6 Sep 1894 - 16 Mar 1895)

Younge, William

cow boy (143) in Fatal Card (6 Sep 1894 - 16 Feb 1895)

Actresses

Abbot, Miss Maud

Lucy Hawkesworth (16) in Girl I Left Behind Me (6 May 1895 - 31 May 1895)

Allestree, Miss Mary

Fawn (104) in Girl I Left Behind Me (13 Apr 1895 - 10 Aug 1895)

Barton, Miss Dora

Dick Burleigh (104) in Girl I Left Behind Me (13 Apr 1895 - 10 Aug 1895)

Brooke, Miss Cynthia

Lucy Hawkesworth (68) in Girl I Left Behind Me (20 Apr 1895 - 26 Jul 1895)

Carleton, Miss Alice

Kate Three Stars (24) in Fatal Card (18 Feb 1895 - 16 Mar 1895)

Comstock, Miss Nanette

Wilber's Ann (36) in Girl I Left Behind Me (15 Jun 1895 - 26 Jul 1895)

D'Alcourt, Miss Clara

Kate Three Stars (117) in Fatal Card (6 Oct 1894 - 16 Feb 1895)

Du Foye, Miss Irene

Kate Three Stars (26) in Fatal Card (6 Sep 1894 - 5 Oct 1894)

Dudley, Miss Hope

Lucy Hawkesworth (7) in Girl I Left Behind Me (13 Apr 1895 - 19 Apr 1895)

Earle, Miss Ethel

Wilber's Ann (13) in Girl I Left Behind Me (27 Jul 1895 - 10 Aug 1895)

Hayden, Miss Beatrice

servant in Act IV (167) in Fatal Card (6 Sep 1894 - 16 Mar 1895)

Larkin, Miss Sophie

Penelope Austen (167) in Fatal Card (6 Sep 1894 - 16 Mar 1895)

Linden, Miss Laura

Cecile Austen (167) in Fatal Card (6 Sep 1894 - 16 Mar 1895)

Millward, Miss Jessie

Margaret Marrable (167) in Fatal Card (6 Sep 1894 - 16 Mar 1895); Kate Kennion (104) in Girl I Left Behind Me (13 Apr 1895 - 10 Aug 1895)

Montrose, Miss Marie

Wilber's Ann (55) in Girl I Left Behind Me (13 Apr 1895 - 14 Jun 1895)

Vane, Miss

Mercedes (167) in Fatal Card (6 Sep 1894 - 16 Mar 1895)

Villis, Miss Retta

servant in Act III (167) in Fatal Card (6 Sep 1894 - 16 Mar 1895)

Wolsley, Miss Blanche

Lucy Hawkesworth (13) in Girl I Left Behind Me (27 Jul 1895 - 10 Aug 1895)

Pieces Performed And Summary Cast Lists

Fatal Card, The

(drama, 5 acts) by C. Haddon Chambers, B. C. Stephenson, Edward Jones (comp) (167 times, 6 Sep 1894 - 16 Mar 1895)

Summary Cast:

Girl I Left Behind Me, The

(drama, 4 acts) by Franklin Fyles, David Belasco, John Crook (comp) (104 times, 13 Apr 1895 - 10 Aug 1895)

Summary Cast:

Genre

Music, Composers, And Musicians


Adelphi Theatre

End Of 1894-1895 Season

(Generated 01-Oct-1998)


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