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 […]

The Golden Age of Theatre (1880-1920)

The Golden Age of Theatre (1880-1920)

A History of Theatre Postcards A short illustrated article charting the post card history from the beginnings of the public postal system up to the Golden Age of Postcards (1901-1914) A History of Playbills & Theatre Programs A short illustrated history

Cecilia (Cissy) Loftus (1876-1943)

Cecilia (Cissy)  Loftus (1876-1943)

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THEATRE (1880-1920) Cecilia (Cissie or Cissy) Loftus was born in Glasgow (GB) on October 22, 1876. Her father, Ben Brown, was part of the successful variety group, Brown, Newland & Le Clerc. Her mother, Marie Loftus (who was only eighteen when Cecilia was born) became a star of burlesque, billed as […]

Constance Collier (1878-1955)

Constance  Collier (1878-1955)

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THEATRE (1880-1920) Constance Collier (born Laura Constance Hardie in Windsor, Berkshire) was the only child of Auguste Cheetham Hardie (1853-1939) and Eliza Georgina Collier (1854-1914). Both were professional actors, although, certainly later in their careers, neither of them was very successful. According to J P Wearing’s The London Stage, 1890-1899, he […]

Gabrielle Ray (1883-1973)

Gabrielle Ray (1883-1973)

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THEATRE (1880-1920) (postcard, gloss, Philco, 3337C, c.1907) 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 […]

Gertie Millar (1879-1952) – Part 5

Gertie Millar (1879-1952) – Part 5

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THEATRE (1880-1920) Gertie Millar’s Musical Comedies (1912-15)Click thumbs to enlarge The Dancing Mistress (1912/13)Gertie Millar as Nancy Joyce Beagles 644G (1912) Beagles 644L (1912) Beagles 644M (1912)

Gertie Millar (1879-1952) – Part 4

Gertie Millar (1879-1952) – Part 4

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THEATRE (1880-1920) Gertie Millar’s Musical Comedies (1910-11) The Quaker Girl(1910/11) Gertie Millar as Prudence Beagles 609O (1910) Beagles 609P (1910) Beagles 609V (1910)

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