H. B. Irving (1870-1919) & Dorothea Baird (1875-1933)

H. B. Irving  (1870-1919) &  Dorothea Baird (1875-1933)

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THEATRE (1880-1920) H(enry) B(rodribb) Irving, the eldest son of Sir Henry Irving, was born in London on August 5, 1870. Although, as a child, he appeared a couple of times in his father’s productions, it was intended that he would become a lawyer. He went to Oxford University where he studied […]

Harley Granville Barker (1877-1946) – part 2

Harley Granville Barker (1877-1946) – part  2

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THEATRE (1880-1920) Although it appears that Bernard Shaw was the main financier of the Court Theatre project, it was clear that, with the limited budget, Granville Barker would, in addition to producing, also have to act in many of the plays. He chose as his leading lady Lillah McCarthy, who had […]

Harley Granville Barker (1877-1946) – part 1

Harley Granville Barker (1877-1946) – part 1

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THEATRE (1880-1920) Harley Granville Barker was born in Kensington, London. In 1891, at the age of 14, he made his first stage appearance at Harrogate (GB) in the  Vice Versa. After spending some months training for the stage with Sarah Thorne and performing in her stock company at the Theatre Royal, […]

Irene Vanbrugh (1872-1949)

Irene Vanbrugh (1872-1949)

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THEATRE (1880-1920) Irene Vanbrugh (or Irene Barnes as she was first named) was born in Exeter (UK) on December 2, 1872. Her father was Dean of Exeter and, when she and her older sister, Violet Vanbrugh, set out on their distinguished theatrical careers, they were generally considered to have been the […]

Isabel Jay (1879-1927)

Isabel Jay (1879-1927)

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THEATRE (1880-1920) Isabel Jay was born in Wandsworth, London, on October 17, 1879. Hers was a musical family and she began singing in public when she was twelve. In 1895, entered the Royal Academy of Music where, at the end of her course in July 1897, she became the first student […]

Lena Ashwell (1872-1957)

Lena Ashwell  (1872-1957)

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THEATRE (1880-1920) Lena Ashwell (whose real name was Lena Margaret Pocock) was born on 28th September 1872 on board the ship Wellesey in the River Tyne, England. She was raised and educated in Canada. Later, deciding to pursue a singing career, she studied music at Lausanne in Switzerland and at the […]

Marie Lohr (1890-1975)

Marie Lohr (1890-1975)

Marie Kaye Wouldes Lohr had a career spanning 73 years in the English theatre concurrently with a film career spanning 52 years in English films. She was born in Sydney, NSW, 28 July 1890 to Lewis J. Lohr, formerly treasurer of the Opera House, Melbourne, and his wife Kate (nee Bishop) who had been a […]

Sir Seymour Hicks (1871-1949)

Sir Seymour Hicks (1871-1949)

Seymour Hicks was born on January 30, 1871, in St. Hélier on the island of Jersey (GB). At the age of nine, he appeared as Buttercup in Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore at his school in Bath. After that, he was determined to be an actor.

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