Theatre: Theatre Royal, Haymarket
Performance: The Education of Elizabeth
Main Actors: Mr. Lawrence Grossmith
This early 1900 theatre programme is for the performance The Education of Elizabeth, a comedy in four acts by Roy Horniman, in 1907 at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. The programme also has the cast list for the preceding performance entitled The Nelsons Touch’ a new one act play written by Frederick Fenn (adapted from ‘The Little Pale Man’ by Mayne Lindsay).
Pages 2,3,6,7 are solely dedicated to presenting the programmes advertisements including advertisements for beverages, luxury foods and fine dining. The cast list is presented across page 4 and includes popular actor of the time, Mr Harry Vernon. Mr. Esmond, successful actor and writer was born Harry Esmond Jack in Ireland (1869 – 1922). The cast list also stars Mr Lawrence Grossmith an English actor who performed on film and stage in England, America and Australia (1877 – 1944) and was the son of the popular and prolific English actor George Grossmith.
The Theatre Royal, Haymarket first opened in approx. 1720. It is a West End theatre in the City of Westminster and is the third oldest theatre in London and still holds performances to this day. The writer of this play, Roy Horniman was born in 1874 – 1930 was also a British actor and writer; his most popular work was entitled Israel Rank (1907) on which the famous 1949 black comedy film Kind Hearts and Coronets was based.
The programme is made up of smooth green paper and printed in black inks; 8 pages including front and back cover pages. Approx. H21cm x W17cm.