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 1895-1896

Edited by Thirza Cady

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 (reserved) 10/6d, balcony stalls (reserved) 6/-, upper circle (reserved) 4/-, upper circle (unreserved) 3/-, pit 2/6d, gallery 1/-.

Seasonal Dates

31 August 1895 - 6 June 1896

243 performances: 21 matinee, 222 evening

Dark (19): Preparations for the new piece (2 Dec 1895, 3 Dec 1895, 4 Dec 1895, 5 Dec 1895, 6 Dec 1895, 7 Dec 1895, 9 Dec 1895, 10 Dec 1895, 11 Dec 1895, 12 Dec 1895, 13 Dec 1895, 14 Dec 1895, 16 Dec 1895, 17 Dec 1895, 18 Dec 1895, 19 Dec 1895, 20 Dec 1895)
Christmas Day (25 Dec 1895)
Good Friday (3 Apr 1896)

The Season

The 1895 season began on 31 August with The Swordsman's Daughter --an adaptation by Brandon Thomas and Clement Scott of a French play Maitre d'Armes. It received a favorable review, especially for "the brilliant scene in the fencing club" (Times, 2 September 1895, p. 4). The popularity of this scene ensured the success of the drama which played from the summer right up to the holiday season.

The plot revolves around a distinguished Parisian fencing master and his daughter. She has been compromised before the start of the story, and has a child. During the course of the play, her father discovers her secret, and through various plot maneuvers comes face to face with the villain of the piece, Count Henri de Rochefiere, in a duel to the death.

There are a number of issues germane to the plot. One of these is that the daughter becomes the object of the affections of a coastal pilot. However, she refuses his offer of marriage due to her previous dishonor.

Another issue is the continued dishonorable conduct of the count who kills a disarmed man during the course of a duel. The slain man was a close friend of the pilot, the daughter's new suitor. The count is brought to trial for his alleged crime, and it is in this context that the dueling master has his chance to avenge his daughter's dishonor.

The scene of the duel in the court is one of those extolled by the Times. Another is the launching of a pilot boat in a rampaging storm--ambitious staging that was admired by the reviewer.

The cast of the play was made up of the resident players of the time, led by William Terriss and Jessie Millward in the title roles. Harry Nicholls had the task of sustaining "almost the whole comic element," and W. L. Abingdon took the role of the villain. Terriss took his usual heroic role, assisted by Charles J. Fulton, the pilot, and Vincent Sternroyd as the French officer.

The Swordsman's Daughter ended its run on 30 November. The theatre was dark until 21 December, when George Edwardes' and Seymour Hicks' One of the Best was played. It was one of a number of dramatizations of the Dreyfus case. Terriss once more played the hero, but as the Times stated, in so spectacular a production there was less room than usual for acting (23 December 1895, p. 11). There was further comment about the lack of critics in attendance. However, at least one was present and decidedly unimpressed. After seeing One of the Best, George Bernard Shaw pronounced it "one of the worst."

Again, the production itself gained plaudits. The stage was filled with marching, kilted regiments who provided a magnificent military show designed to stir the patriotic British heart.

Jessie Millward "was hardly at her best as the female villain of the piece, but that was the fault of the character rather than of the actress" (Theatre, 1 February 1896, p. 100.) She was absent from the cast from the end of January, 1896 until almost the end of February.

One of the Best played through the first part of June, with the theatre darkened on Good Friday. Near the end of April, Edward Sass was replaced by J. Cole in the role of Lt. General Coventry, and J. D. Beveridge replaced Athol Forde as Jason Jupp. Both replacements lasted until the end of the season (June 6, 1896).

George Rowell claims that a supernumary in One of the Best was Richard Archer Prince who was tricked by Abingdon into believing he was to understudy Terriss. A mock rehearsal was called and Prince became the object of much ridicule. He was not rehired after the run of the play on the grounds that few supernumaries were needed. In fact, a large number were required. In his unbalanced state, he came to blame Terriss for these indignities (William Terriss and Richard Prince, pp. 65-66).

This was the first season that the Adelphi used its telephone to sell tickets. Although the theatre had subscribed to the Exchange System (number 2645) of the United Telephone Company as early as 1885, it had apparently restricted use of the phone to business calls. At twenty pounds a year, most families could not afford to be private subscribers. In order to encourage domestic use of the telephone, the company published extracts from articles extolling its virtues. "Sometimes my husband telephones to me from the City that 'he has asked two friends to dine with us in the evening; to be sure to give them a good dinner, and to order a carriage to take us to the theatre in the evening'" (Three Victorian Telephone Directories).

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Theatre Management And Functionaries

Authors

Edwardes, George One of the Best (21 Dec 1895)
Hicks, Seymour One of the Best (21 Dec 1895)
Scott, Clement W. Swordsman's Daughter, The (31 Aug 1895)
Thomas, Brandon Swordsman's Daughter, The (31 Aug 1895)

Actors

Abingdon, William L.

Phillip Ellsworth (163) in One of the Best (21 Dec 1895 - 6 Jun 1896); Count Henri de Rochefiere (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Berton, Paul

Maurice (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Beveridge, James D.

Sir Archibald McGregor K.C.B., A.D.C. (46) in One of the Best (20 Apr 1896 - 6 Jun 1896)

Blythe, John S.

Abbe Roland (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Brennand, Richard

Private Montressor (73) in One of the Best (21 Dec 1895 - 4 Mar 1896)

Carter, H.

President of the Court Martial (163) in One of the Best (21 Dec 1895 - 6 Jun 1896)

Cole, J.

Private Ginger (73) in One of the Best (21 Dec 1895 - 4 Mar 1896); Jason Jupp (46) in One of the Best (20 Apr 1896 - 6 Jun 1896); canteen sergeant (44) in One of the Best (5 Mar 1896 - 18 Apr 1896)

Coutts, Compton

Marescot (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Crauford, J. R.

Dr. Dubarry (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Cross, Julian

Rev. Dr. Penrose (163) in One of the Best (21 Dec 1895 - 6 Jun 1896); Tommy Wilkins (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Darleigh, Webb

Private Snipe (163) in One of the Best (21 Dec 1895 - 6 Jun 1896); Cartel (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Delorme, L.

M. Jules de Gruchy (163) in One of the Best (21 Dec 1895 - 6 Jun 1896)

Fitzgerald, Aubrey W.

Sgt. Hennessey (163) in One of the Best (21 Dec 1895 - 6 Jun 1896); San Melito (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Forde, H. Athol

Jason Jupp (117) in One of the Best (21 Dec 1895 - 18 Apr 1896)

Foss, George R.

Judge Melvil (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Fulton, Charles J.

Lieut.-General Coventry (163) in One of the Best (21 Dec 1895 - 6 Jun 1896); Jean Olgan (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Herrick

Private White (163) in One of the Best (21 Dec 1895 - 6 Jun 1896)

Nicholls, Harry

Private Jupp (163) in One of the Best (21 Dec 1895 - 6 Jun 1896); Baron de Chantoisel (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Porter, Caleb

Prevot (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Purdon, Richard

Jacquot Breton (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Rorke, Edwin

Leclair (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Sass, Edward

Sir Archibald McGregor K.C.B., A.D.C. (117) in One of the Best (21 Dec 1895 - 18 Apr 1896)

Skein, Albert

Private Ginger (90) in One of the Best (5 Mar 1896 - 6 Jun 1896)

Sternroyd, Vincent

Lieutenant Leverdier (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Terriss, William

Dudley Keppel (163) in One of the Best (21 Dec 1895 - 6 Jun 1896); Vibrac (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Waller, Guy?

Corporal Smythe (163) in One of the Best (21 Dec 1895 - 6 Jun 1896)

Actresses

Allestree, Miss Mary

Suzanne (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Beresford, Miss Alice

sailors, fishermen, women, lifeboat crew, members of the School of Arms, footmen (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Brooke, Mrs. Edward H.

Lisette (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Burton, Miss B.

sailors, fishermen, women, lifeboat crew, members of the School of Arms, footmen (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Carewe, Miss Nora

sailors, fishermen, women, lifeboat crew, members of the School of Arms, footmen (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Cuthbert, Miss C.

sailors, fishermen, women, lifeboat crew, members of the School of Arms, footmen (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Davis, Miss L.

sailors, fishermen, women, lifeboat crew, members of the School of Arms, footmen (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Edgar, Miss J.

sailors, fishermen, women, lifeboat crew, members of the School of Arms, footmen (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Featherston, Miss Vane

Kitty Spencer (163) in One of the Best (21 Dec 1895 - 6 Jun 1896); Therese (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Fletcher, Miss A.

sailors, fishermen, women, lifeboat crew, members of the School of Arms, footmen (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Kearney, Miss Kate

Mrs. Spencer (163) in One of the Best (21 Dec 1895 - 6 Jun 1896); Madame Breton (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Kildare, Miss B.

sailors, fishermen, women, lifeboat crew, members of the School of Arms, footmen (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Leighton, Miss Madge

Countess de Floriel (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Marriott, Miss

Mrs. Wilkins (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Millward, Miss Jessie

Esther Coventry (135) in One of the Best (21 Dec 1895 - 6 Jun 1896); Madeleine (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Neilson, Miss Marie

sailors, fishermen, women, lifeboat crew, members of the School of Arms, footmen (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Ostlere, Miss Edith

Mary Penrose (163) in One of the Best (21 Dec 1895 - 6 Jun 1896)

Percival, Miss M.

sailors, fishermen, women, lifeboat crew, members of the School of Arms, footmen (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Phelps, Miss S.

sailors, fishermen, women, lifeboat crew, members of the School of Arms, footmen (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Ray, Miss Madge

sailors, fishermen, women, lifeboat crew, members of the School of Arms, footmen (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Roche, Mlle. Madeleine

sailors, fishermen, women, lifeboat crew, members of the School of Arms, footmen (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Salisbury, Miss Ethel

sailors, fishermen, women, lifeboat crew, members of the School of Arms, footmen (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Shawe, Miss G.

sailors, fishermen, women, lifeboat crew, members of the School of Arms, footmen (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Trautner, Miss M.

sailors, fishermen, women, lifeboat crew, members of the School of Arms, footmen (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Vicat, Miss G.

sailors, fishermen, women, lifeboat crew, members of the School of Arms, footmen (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Wallis, Miss M.

sailors, fishermen, women, lifeboat crew, members of the School of Arms, footmen (80) in Swordsman's Daughter (31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Watson, Miss Henrietta

Esther Coventry (28) in One of the Best (30 Jan 1896 - 26 Feb 1896)

Pieces Performed And Summary Cast Lists

One of the Best

(drama, 4 acts) by Seymour Hicks, George Edwardes (163 times, 21 Dec 1895 - 6 Jun 1896)

Summary Cast:

Swordsman's Daughter, The

(drama, 4 acts) by Brandon Thomas, Clement W. Scott (80 times, 31 Aug 1895 - 30 Nov 1895)

Summary Cast:

Genre

Music, Composers, And Musicians

Spectacle Performers


Adelphi Theatre

End Of 1895-1896 Season

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