Gabrielle Ray (1883-1973)

Gabrielle Ray (1883-1973)

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THEATRE (1880-1920) Gabrielle Ray was born Gabrielle Elizabeth Clifford Cook on April 28, 1883, in Stockport, Cheshire (UK). She grew up to be a much admired and frequently photographed musical comedy star who, at the height of her fame, was described by the Paris Temps as being ‘the most beautiful woman […]

Daisy Wood (1877-1961)

Daisy Wood (1877-1961)

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THEATRE (1880-1920) Daisy (Violet Rose) Wood was born in the East End of London on September 15, 1877 – the fifth of nine children. Her father, John Wood, made artificial flowers and, in the evenings, worked as a waiter in the Royal Eagle Tavern. Her mother, Matilda Mary Caroline, was a […]

E. S. Willard (1853-1915)

E. S. Willard (1853-1915)

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THEATRE (1880-1920) E(dward) S(mith) Willard was born in Brighton (GB). As a mature actor, he had an intense but controlled style of acting that, contrasting so obviously with the histrionic proclamations that were the norm at the end of the Nineteenth Century, had an immense – although now all but forgotten […]

Winifred Emery (1862-1924)

Winifred  Emery (1862-1924)

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THEATRE (1880-1920) Winifred Emery was born in Manchester. Hers was a theatrical family – her father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all been eminent actors. She made her first stage appearance in 1870, at the age of eight. In 1881, she became a member of  Henry Irving’s company. She toured the United […]

Cyril Maude (1862-1951)

Cyril Maude  (1862-1951)

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THEATRE (1880-1920) Cyril Maude was born in London on April 24, 1862. His long and distinguished career as actor and theatre manager continued for some seventy years. He and Winifred Emery, whom he married, were amongst the highest regarded English stage personalities during much of the Golden Age. Although she trained […]

Courtice Pounds (1862-1927) & Louie Pounds (1873-?)

Courtice  Pounds (1862-1927) & Louie Pounds (1873-?)

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THEATRE (1880-1920) Charles Courtice Pounds was born in Pimlico, London on May 30, 1862. When he was eight, he joined the choir at  St. Stephen’s Church, Kensington. He then sang in the choir of the Italian Church, Hatton Garden, before studying at the Royal Academy of Music. He joined the D’Oyly […]

Bourchier (1863-1927) & Violet Vanbrugh (1867-1942)

Bourchier (1863-1927) & Violet Vanbrugh (1867-1942)

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THEATRE (1880-1920) Arthur Bourchier was born at Speen, Berkshire (GB). As a student at Oxford, he joined the University Drama Society and began his acting career and his life-long interest in the staging of Shakespeare’s plays. In 1889, he joined Lillie Langtry’s Company and made his professional debut in Wolverhampton as […]

Sir John Hare (1844-1921)

Sir John Hare (1844-1921)

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THEATRE (1880-1920) John Hare was born John Fairs in Giggleswick in Yorkshire (GB) and became one of the most famous English actors and theatre managers of his generation. From 1865 to 1875, he achieved considerable success at the Prince of Wales’s Theatre, London, where he was a member of the famous […]

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