Theatre: Theatre Royal, Haymarket
Performance: Katharine and Petruchio
Principal Performers: Mr. Forbes Robertson, Mr. E. Maurice, Mr. C. Eaton, Mr. Kemble, Mr. C. Brookfield, Mr. York, Mr. Elliot, Miss Bernard Beere, Miss Maud Williamson, Miss Julia Gwynne
The Bancroft’s had a significant influence on theatre in the late 1800s. Squire Bancroft married Marie Effie Wilton in 1967 and they became joint managers of the Prince of Wales Theatre. Success in this venture enabled them to move to the larger Theatre Royal, Haymarket and after some rebuilding, opened in 1879, purported to be the first theatre to use electricity. Their careers continued to be successful both artistically and financially.
This theatre programme presents Katharine and Petruchio adapted from Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew by the emminent actor and playwright David Garrick and also announces Mr and Mrs Bancroft’s imminent retirement in 1885. Squire Bancroft was knighted in 1897 and was the chairman of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
4 pages including front and back cover; H21.5cms x W17cms.