Lena Ashwell (1872-1957)

An important classical actor & the first organizer of large-scale war-time troop entertainment.
Lena Ashwell

Dorothea Baird (1975-1933)

The original British Trilby.
Dorothea Baird

Harley Granville Barker (1877-1946)

An actor and director who did much to establish Bernard Shaw as a major playwright and brought new life to the staging of Shakespeare's plays.
Harley Barker

Arthur Bourchier (1863-1927)

The husband of Violet Vanbrugh.
Arthur Bourchier

Constance Collier (1878-1955)

The Gaiety girl who became a much-loved classical actress and then Hollywoods most famous acting coach.
Constance Collier

Phyllis Dare (1890-1975)

The elder sister of Zena.
Phyllis Dare

Zena Dare (1887-1975)

The younger sister of Phyllis.
Zena Dare

Winifred Emery (1862-1921)

At the end of the Nineteenth Century, she was one of England's most popular actresses, both in classical plays and comedy.
Winifred Emery

Adeline Gene (1878-1970)

Billed by Florenz Ziegfeld as 'the world's greatest dancer' she not only popularized ballet but did much to re-establish it as an important art form in Britain and America.
Adeline Gene

Sir John Hare (1844-1921)

One of the most famous English actors and theatre managers in the late 1800s.
Sir John Hare

Sir Seymour Hicks (1871-1949)

A distinguished actor-manager, playwright and early film star, whose theatrical career extended for more than 60 years.
Sir Seymour Hicks

H. B. Irving (1870-1919)

The son of Sir Henry Irving.
H B Irving

Isabel Jay (1879-1927)

A principal D'Oyly Carte soprano who became a star of musical drama.
Isabel Jay

Cecilia (Cissy) Loftus (1876-1943)

When she made her stage debut at 15, Max Beerbohm became infatuated with her and Toulouse Lautrec sketched her. She became one of the most versatile of performers with a career extending over fifty years.
Cecilia Loftus

Marie Lhr (1890-1975)

The Australian-born star whose theatrical career extended over 72 years and who made more than 40 films.
Marie Lhr

Mabel Love (1874-1953)

A dancer and actress who was considered to be one of the great stage beauties.
Mabel Love

Edith Wynne Matthison (1875-1955)

Famed for playing Everyman & for being an early love of Edna St. Vincent Millay.
Edith Wynne Matthison

Cyril Maude (1862-1951)

An influential comedian, actor and theatre manager whose stage career extended over 60 years.
Cyril Maude

Gertie Millar (1879-1952)

The much loved star of English musical comedies from 1901 to 1915.
Gertie Millar

Decima Moore (1871-1964)

A leading member of theD'Oyly Carte company.
Decima Moore

Courtice Pounds (1862-1927)

A star of Gilbert & Sullivan productions who became a great Shakespeare player.
Courtice Pounds

Louie Pounds (1873-1970)

The sister of Courtice, who briefly became a star of musical plays.
Louie Pounds

Gabrielle Ray (1883-1973)

Once described as being "the most beautiful woman in the United Kingdom".
Gabrielle Ray

Ellen Terry (1847 -1928)

Considered by many to have been  the greatest Shakespearian actress of her era.
Part 1.  THE EARLY YEARS, 1847-1872
Part 2. THE TRIUMPHANT YEARS, 1873-1928
(not yet available) 
Ellen Terry

Ellaline Terriss (1872-1971)

A fine actress in her own right, she become the wife of Sir Seymour Hicks.
Ellaline Terriss

Vesta Tilley (1864-1952)

Britain's most popular male impersonator and one of the country's most successful music hall performers.
Vesta Tilley

Dame Irene Vanbrugh (1872-1949)

A skilled & effective star of the British theatre who delighted audiences for over 50 years.
Dame Irene Vanbrugh

Violet Vanbrugh (1856-1942)

The elder sister of Dame Irene Vanbrugh and the wife of Arthur Bourchier.
Violet Vanbrugh

E. S. Willard (1853-1915)

His intense but controlled style of acting had an immense - although now all but forgotten - impact on the theatre, both in England and the United States.
E. S. Willard

Daisy Wood (1877-1961)

A younger sister of Marie Lloyd who had her own successful music-hall career.
Daisy Wood

You may also be interested in these associated sites:

A History of Theatre Postcards

A History of Playbills and Theatre Programs

The Camerino Players

Medieval Drama Links

Bibliography of Cornish Medieval Drama

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