Latest Entries »

In A Noble Brother (item 90.29) the author of the play and actor of the role of “Jerry” should read J. W. Summers, and not W. J. Summers. Reviews of the London production (as well as Allardyce Nicoll in his History of English Drama) give the author and actor as W. J. Summers. It would appear Summers’ name was misprinted on the program since references to the provincial productions of the play (both before and after the London production) give J. W. Summers. Indeed, J. W. Summers was quite well known in America. He died in April 1893 (Era Almanack, 1894). Interestingly, during his visit to England, Summers married, as his second wife, Clara L. Pierre Rose (from Chicago, a dramatic reader) in Liverpool on 4 December 1889.

Advertisements

Entry 54.8 The Boy Friend. In the female cast the role of Hortense is listed as being played by Violetta. Her full name is Violetta Farjeon for whom the role was actually written. Violetta Farjeon was born in 1923 and died 2015.

I’ve just discovered that a line is missing on page 511, at the bottom of the second column of the Theatre Index. The missing line is: Haymarket: 40–50, 150; 41–48; 42–29, 48–50; 43–52, 59– (the entry for the Haymarket continues over the page on p. 512). This is true of both the print and electronic versions. However, the entry for the Haymarket in the Accumulated Indexes volume is complete in both editions. If anyone spots any additional errors I would be grateful if they would let me know so that they can be posted here on the blog.

Below are corrections to entries in American and British Theatrical Biographies: An Index. I will gladly post any additional corrections discovered by users of the Index.

BRIGGS, Bunny [Bernard] (1922–2014) American dancer TW/2, VON
BRUNEL, Adrian (1889–1958) English actor ES, ODNB

The list below updates the entries in American and British Theatrical Biographies by providing the date of death for the various subjects:

ABBENSETTS, Michael (1938–2016)
ABERCROMBIE, Ian (1936–2012)
ABSE, Dannie (1923–2014)
ADAIR, Hazel (1920–2015)
ADLER, Richard (1921–2012)
AINSLEY, Paul (1945–2013)
ALBANESE, Licia (1913–2014)
ALBEE, Edward [Franklin] (1928–2016)
ALBERTAZZI, Giorgio (1923/25–2016)
ALBRECHT, Gerd (1935–2014)
ALEXANDER, Cris (1920–2012)
ALLEN, Billie (1925–2015)
ALLMAN, Robert (1927–2013)
ALONSO, Fernando (1914–2013)
ANDERSON, Rona (1928–2013)
ANGELOU, Maya [Marguerite Johnson] (1928–2014)
ANTHONY, Charles (1929–2012)
ARBUS, Allan (1918–2013)
ARMSTRONG, R.G. (1917–2012)
ARQUETTE, Alexis (1969–2016)
ASHERSON, Renée (1915–2014)
ATKINSON, Barbara (1926–2015)
ATTENBOROUGH, Sir Richard (1923–2014)
AVERY, James (1948–2013)
BABILÉE, Jean [né Guttman] (1923–2014)
BACALL, Lauren [Betty Joan Perske] (1924–2014)
BAIN, Conrad (1923–2013)
BARABÁS, Sári  (1914/18–2012)
BARAKA, Amiri [né Everett Leroy Jones; LeRoi Jones] (1934–2014)
BARNES, Billy (1927–2012)
BARTOLETTI, Bruno (1926–2013)
BATE, Anthony (1927–2012)
BAYLER, Terence (1930–2016)
BEDFORD, Brian (1935–2016)
BENESH, Joan Dorothy [née Rothwell] (1920–2014)
BENNETT, Richard Rodney (1936–2012)
BERGEN, Polly (1930–2014)
BERGONZI, Carlo (1924–2014)
BERNHARDT, Melvin (1931–2015)
BEST, James (1926–2015)
BEVAN, Donald (1920–2013)
BIKEL, Theodore (1924–2015)
BORGNINE, Ernest (1917–2012)
BOULEZ, Pierre (1925–2016)
BOWIE, David (1947–2016)
BRADY, Terence (1939–2016)
BREAUX, Marc (1925–2013)
BRENNAN, Eileen (1932–2013)
BRIERS, Richard (1934–2013)
BRIGHTON, Pam (1946–2015)
BROOK, Faith (1922–2012)
BROOKES, Jacqueline (1930–2013)
BROWN, John Russell (1923–2015)
BRYAN, Dora [née Broadbent] (1924–2014)
BYRNE, Patsy (1933–2014)
CAESAR, Sid (1922–2014)
CAFFREY, Sean (1940–2013)
CANARY, David H. (1938–2015)
CAREY, Harry, Jr (1921–2012)
CARNE, Judy (1939–2015)
CARLOS, Laurie (d 2016 [67])
CARROLL, Helena (1928–2013)
CARROLL, Janet (1940–2012)
CARSON, John (1927–2016)
CARTER, Elliott (1908–2012)
CARTER, Jack (1922/23–2015)
CARTER, Myra (1930–2016)
CAVANAUGH, Christine (1963–2014)
CERQUETTI, Anita (1931–2014)
CHAUVIRÉ, Yvette (1917–2016)
CHETWYN, Robert [né Suckling] (1933–2015)
CHOUTEAU, Yvonne (1929–2016)
CIMINO, Leonardo (1917–2012)
CLARKE, Mary (1923–2015)
COE, George (1929–2015)
COLE, George (1925–2015)
COLE, Natalie (1950–2015)
COLLINS, Gary (1938–2012)
CONNELL, Elizabeth (1946–2012)
CORRI, Adrienne (1930–2016)
COWLES, Matthew (1944–2014)
CRAGUN, Richard Allan (1944–2012)
CRAZE, Tony (1944–2016)
CREGAN, David (1931–2015)
CRUTCHLEY, Kate (d 2013 [69])
CURTIN, Phyllis (1921–2016)
DANTZIG, Rudi van (1933–2012)
DARLING, Jean [née Dorothy Jean LeVake] (1922–2015)
DAVALOS, Richard (1930–2016)
DAVENPORT, Nigel (1928–2013)
DAVID, Hal (1921–2012)
DAVIES, Howard (1945–2016)
DAVIES, Peter Maxwell (1934–2016)
DAVIS, Ann B. (1926–2014)
DAVIS, Garry (1921–2013)
DAVIS, Nancy [Mrs. Ronald Reagan] (1921–2016)
DAVIS, Sir Colin (1927–2013)
DEE, Ruby [née Ruby Ann Wallace] (1922–2014)
DELLA CASA, Lisa (1919–2012)
DENKER, Henry (1912–2012)
DEUTEKOM, Cristina (1931–2014)
DILLER, Phyllis (1917–2012)
DOBBS, Mattiwilda (1925–2015)
DOMINGUEZ, Oralia (1925–2013)
DONLAN, Yolande (1920–2014)
DOSSOR, Alan (1941–2016)
DOWLING, Vincent (1929–2013)
DREW, David (1938–2015)
DUNHAM, Joanna (1936–2014)
DURNING, Charles (1923–2012)
DUVAL, Denise (1921–2016)
DVORÁKOVÁ, Ludmilla (1923–2015)
DYSART, Richard A. (1929–2015)
EGGERTH, Marta (1912–2013)
ELLIOTT, Bob [of Bob and Ray] (1923–2016)
ELYOT, Kevin (1951–2014)
FARENTINO, James (1938–2012)
FARINA, Dennis (1944–2013)
FEIST, Gene (1923–2014)
FICHANDLER, Zelda [née Diamond] (1924–2016)
FINKEL, Fyvush (1922–2016)
FINLAY, Frank (1926–2016)
FISCHER-DIESKAU, Dietrich (1925–2012)
FISHER, Carrie (1956–2016) American actress
FO, Dario (1926–2016)
FONTAINE, Joan (1917–2013)
FORBES, Bryan [né Clarke] (1926–2013)
FORBES, Elizabeth (1924–2014)
FOX, Bernard M. (1927–2016)
FRANKLIN, Bonnie (1944–2013)
FRANKLIN, Frederic (1914–2013)
FREEMAN, Al, Jr (1934–2012)
FRELICH, Phyllis (1944–2014)
FRID, Jonathan (1924–2012)
FRIEL, Brian (1929–2015)
FROST, David (1939–2013)
GABOR, Zsa Zsa (1917–2016)
GAM, Rita (1927/28–2016)
GANDOLFINI, James (1961–2013)
GARLAND, Patrick (1936–2013)
GARNER, James (1928–2014)
GASKILL, William (1930–2016)
GAYNES, George [George Jongeyans] (1917–2016)
GAZZARA, Ben (1930–2012)
GEIDT, Jeremy (1930–2013)
GELB, Arthur (1924–2014)
GELIOT, Michael (1933–2012)
GEORGE, Collin (1929–2016)
GIBSON, Virginia (1925–2013)
GILMORE, Peter (1931–2013)
GLASS, Ron (1945–2016)
GOLD, Jack (1930–2015)
GORR, Rita (1926–2012)
GOTTFRIED, Martin (1933–2014)
GRADY, Don (1944–2012)
GRASS, Günter (1927–2015)
GRAY, Elspet [Baroness Rix] (1929–2013)
GRAY, Kevin (1958–2013)
GREGORY, Don (1934–2015)
GRIFFIN, Hayden (1943–2013)
GRIFFITH, Andy (1926–2012)
GRIFFITHS, Richard (1947–2013)
GRIMES, Tammy (1934–2016)
GROSBARD, Ulu (1929–2012)
GROUT, James David (1927–2012)
GUNTER, John (1938–2016)
GUY, Rosa (1922/28–2012)
HAGMAN, Larry [Hageman] (1931–2012)
HAMILTON, Lawrence (1954–2014)
HAMLISCH, Marvin (1944–2012)
HAMMOND-STROUD, Derek (1926–2012)
HANNAN, Eilene (1946–2014)
HARBOTTLE, G. Laurence (1924–2015)
HARRIS, Julie (1925–2013)
HARRISON, Noel (1934–2013)
HARRON, Donald (1924–2015)
HART, Cecilia (1948–2016)
HEELEY, Desmond (1930–2016)
HEMSLEY, Thomas (1927–2013)
HENDERSON, Florence (1934–2016)
HENZE, Hans Werner (1926–2012)
HERRMANN, Edward (1943–2014)
HICKS, Barbara (1924–2013)
HILL, Lucienne [née Palmer] (1923–2012)
HOFFMAN, Philip Seymour (1967–2014)
HOFSISS, Jack (1950–2016)
HOLDER, Geoffrey (1930–2014)
HOLDER, Owen (1921–2016)
HOLM, Celeste (1919–2012)
HOOKS, Jan (1957–2014)
HOPKINS, Antony (1921–2014)
HOSKINS, Bob (1942–2014)
HOWARD, Alan (1937–2015)
HOWARD, Ken (1944–2016)
HUDDLESTON, David (1930–2016)
INGHAM, Barrie (1932–2015)
IRELAND, Kenny (1945/47–2014)
IRVING, George S. [né George Irving Shelasky] (1922–2016)
ISHIOKA, Eiko (1938–2012)
JACKSON, Anne (1926–2016)
JAFFREY, Saeed (1929–2015)
JENN, Stephen (1950–2012)
JOHNSON, Richard (1927–2015)
JONES, Dean (1930/35–2015)
JOOSTEN, Kathryn (1939–2012)
JOSEPHSON, Erland (1923–2012)
JOURDAN, Louis (1920/21–2015)
JUNE, Ava (1931–2013)
KEATING, Charles (1941–2014)
KEEFER, Don (1916–2014)
KEEN, Pat (1933–2013)
KENT, Jean [née Field] (1921–2013)
KERR, Bill (1922–2014)
KERR, John (1931–2013)
KERSLEY, Leo (1920–2012)
KILTY, Jerome (1922–2012)
KIM, Willa (1917–2016)
KING, Larry L. (1929–2012)
KISSEL, Howard (1942–2012)
KLUGMAN, Jack (1922–2012)
KRAUSE, Tom (1934–2014)
KUMALO, Alton (1939–2013)
KÁLMÁN, Charles (1929–2015)
LAUTER, Ed (1940–2013)
LEAR, Evelyn (1926–2012)
LEE, Leslie (1930?/35–2014)
LEHNHOFF, Nikolaus (1939–2015)
LEIGH, Mitch [né Irwin Mitchnick] (1928–2014)
LESSING, Doris (1919–2013)
LEWIS, Geoffrey (1935–2015)
LIBERTINI, Richard (1933–2016)
LIFF, Samuel (1919–2015)
LLOYD PACK, Roger (1944–2014)
LOGGIA, Robert (1930–2015)
LOM, Herbert (1917–2012)
LYNCH, Richard (1936–2012)
LYNDECK, Edmund (1925–2015)
LYUBIMOV, Yuri Petrovich (1917–2014)
MAAZEL, Lorin (1930–2014)
MacDONALD, Brian (1928–2014)
MACNEE, Patrick (1922–2015)
MacRAE, Sheila (1929–2014)
MALINA, Judith (1926–2015)
MALLORY, Victoria (1948–2014)
MANN, Theodore [né Goldman] (1924–2012)
MANSOURI, Lotfi (1929–2013)
MANZI, Warren (1955–2016)
MARCEAU, Félicien (1913–2012)
MARCHAND, Colette (1925–2015)
MARGULIES, David (1937–2016)
MAROWITZ, Charles (1934–2014)
MARRE, Albert [né Albert Moshinski] (1925–2012)
MARRIOTT, Anthony (1931–2014)
MARSHALL, Garry (1934–2016)
MARTIN, Nicholas (1938–2014)
MASUR, Kurt (1927–2015)
MATTHEWS, Francis (1927–2014)
MATTOX, Matt (1921–2013)
MAXTONE-GRAHAM, John (1929–2015)
MAY, Val[entine] (1927–2012)
MAYALL, Rik (1958–2014)
MAZURSKY, Paul (1930–2014)
McCABE, John (1939–2015)
McCARTY, Michael (1946–2014)
McEWAN, Geraldine [née McKeown] (1932–2015)
McMARTIN, John (1929?/1932–2016)
MEDINA, Patricia (1919–2012)
MELIA, Joe (1935–2012)
MENDEL, Deryk (1920–2013)
MICHAELS, Frankie (1955–2016)
MICHELL, Keith (1926–2015)
MILLER, Nolan (1933/35–2012)
MILNER, Martin (1931–2015)
MILNES, Rodney (1936–2015)
MISKOVITCH, Milorad (1928–2013)
MITCHELL, Warren (1926–2015)
MOFFATT, John (1922–2012)
MOODY, Ron [né Ronald Moodnick] (1924–2015)
MOORE, Dick (1925–2015)
MOORE, Juanita (1914–2014)
MORISON, Elsie (1924–2016)
MORNIN, Daniel (1956–2014)
MUNSEL, Patrice (1925–2016)
MURPHY, Gerard (1948–2013)
MURRAY, Barbara (1929–2014)
MYERS, Lou (1938–2013)
NAGY, Ivan (1943–2014)
NEDERLANDER, James (1922–2016)
NEILSON, Perlita [née Margaret Sowden] (1933–2014)
NEUFELD, Peter (1936–2015)
NEWAY, Patricia (1919–2012)
NICHOLS, Mike (1931–2014)
NIMOY, Leonard (1931–2015)
NINAGAWA YUKIO (1935–2016)
NISKA, Maralin (1926/1930–2016) American soprano
NOBLE, James (1922–2016)
NORMENT, Elizabeth (1952–2014)
NUNN, Bill (1952–2016)
OBERLIN, Russell (1928–2016)
OBRATSOVA, Elena (1937–2015)
OLIVERO, Magda (1910–2014)
ONTIVEROS, Lupe (1942–2012)
O’BRIAN, Hugh (1925–2016)
O’DONNELL, Mark (1954–2012)
O’HARA, Maureen (1920/21–2015)
O’MARA, Kate (1939–2014)
O’SHEA, Milo (1926–2013)
O’TOOLE, Peter (1932–2013)
PALILLO, Ron (1949–2012)
PARKER, Eleanor (1922–2013)
PARKER, Joy [Mrs Paul Scofield] (1924–2012)
PARROTT, Ian (1916–2012)
PARRY, Natasha (1930–2015)
PASCO, Richard (1926–2014)
PEARSON, Alfred (1910–2012)
PEMBERTON-BILLING, Robin (1929–2012)
PERCIVAL, John (1927–2012)
PHILLIPS, Robin (1942–2015)
PILBEAM, Nova (1919–2015)
PLATOFF, Marc [Marc Platt] (1913–2014)
PLISETSKAYA, Maya (1925–2015)
POLITO, Jon (1950–2016)
PRIESTMAN, Brian (1927–2014)
RAFFIN, Deborah (1953–2012)
RAINER, Luise (1910–2014)
RAME, Franca (1929–2013)
RAMIS, Harold (1944–2014)
RAUTAVARRA, Einojuhani (1928–2016)
REBHORN, James (1948–2014)
REDMAN, Joyce (1918–2012)
REES, Angharad (1949–2012)
REES, Roger (1944–2015)
REICH, George (1926–2013)
REID, Christina (1942–2015)
REMEDIOS, Alberto (1935–2016)
RESNIK, Regina (1922–2013)
REYNOLDS, Anna (1931–2014)
REYNOLDS, Debbie (1932–2016)
RICE, Peter (1928–2015)
RICE, Peter (1928–2015)
RICHARDS, Martin (1932–2012)
RICHARDSON, Jack (1935–2012)
RICKMAN, Alan (1946–2016)
RIETTY, Robert (1923–2015)
RIVERS, Joan (1933–2014)
RIX, Brian (1924–2016)
ROBERTS, Doris (1925/1930–2016)
ROBERTSON, Toby (1928–2012)
ROCCO, Alex (1936–2015)
RODGERS, Mary (1931–2014)
ROGERS, Paul (1917–2013)
ROGERS, Wayne (1933–2015)
ROGIER, Frank (1918–2013)
ROONEY, Mickey [Joe Yule] (1920–2014)
RUDEL, Julius (1921–2014)
RUSSELL, Iris (1922–2014)
SACHS, Andrew (1930–2016)
SACHS, Robin (1951–2013)
SADDLER, Donald (1918–2014)
SAKS, Gene (1921–2015)
SAWALLISCH, Wolfgang (1923–2013)
SCHALLERT, William (1922–2016)
SCHELL, Maximilian (1930–2014)
SCHELLENBERG, August (1932–2013)
SCHULLER, Gunther (1925–2015)
SEGAL, Zohra (1912–2014)
SELDES, Marian (1928–2014)
SERENI, Mario (1928–2015)
SEYMOUR, Alan (1927–2015)
SHAFFER, Peter Levin (1926–2016)
SHANK, Adele Edling (1940–2014)
SHANKAR, Ravi (1920–2012)
SHARIF, Omar (1932–2015)
SHERIDAN, Dinah (1920–2012)
SHERMAN, Robert B. (1925–2012)
SHERWOOD, Madeleine [née Thornton] (1922–2016)
SHIGETA, James (1929/33–2014)
SHIRLEY-QUIRK, John (1931–2014)
SIM, Sheila (1922–2016)
SIMON, Herb [né Braha] (1946–2016)
SINDEN, Leon (1927–2015)
SINDEN, Sir Donald (1923–2014)
SIZOVA, Alla (1939–2014)
SLATER, Daphne (1928–2012)
SMITH, Carrie (1925–2012)
SMITH, Liz (1921–2016)
SMITH, Nicholas (1934–2015)
SPINETTI, Victor (1929/33–2012)
SPRADBERY, John (1930–2014)
SPRINGER, Ashton, Jr (1930–2013)
STAPLETON, Jean (1923–2013)
STEVENS, Risë (1913–2013)
STIGWOOD, Robert (1934–2016)
STOCK, Gailene (1946–2014)
STORCH, Arthur (1925–2013)
STRITCH, Elaine (1925–2014)
STROUD, Michael (1934–2015)
SUMNER, John (1924–2013)
SYKES, Eric (1923–2012)
TALLCHIEF, Maria (1925–2013)
TALLMER, Jerry (1920–2014)
TARBUCK, Barbara (1942–2016)
TAVENER, John (1944–2013)
TEMPLE, Shirley (1928–2014)
TERRY, Nigel (1945–2015)
THAXTER, Phyllis (1919/20–2012)
THICKE, Alan (1947–2016)
THOMAS, Thom (1941–2015)
THORNTON, Frank [né Ball] (1921–2013)
THRONE, Malachi (d 2013 [84])
TIERNEY, Malcolm (1938–2014)
TOWNSEND, Sue (1946–2014)
TREVOR, William [William Trevor Cox] (1928–2016)
TWAIN, Norman (1930–2016)
TYRRELL, Susan (1946–2012)
VAN PATTEN, Dick (1928–2015)
VAUGHAN, Stuart (1925–2014)
VAUGHN, Robert (1932–2016)
VAUX, Adrian (1936–2012)
VERDY, Violette (1933–2016)
VICKERS, Jon (1926–2015)
VIDAL, Gore (1925–2012)
VIGODA, Abe (1921–2016)
VISHNEVSKAYA, Galina (1926–2012)
VON FURSTENBERG, Betsy (1931–2015)
VOYTEK (1925–2014)
WAGNER, Arthur (1923–2015)
WAITE, Ralph (1928–2014)
WAJDA, Andrzej (1926–2016)
WALL, David (1946–2013)
WALLACE, Marcia (1942–2013)
WALLACE, Mike (1918–2012)
WALLACH, Eli (1915–2014)
WARD, Simon (1941–2012
WEBB, Lizbeth (1926–2013)
WEBER, Carl (1925–2016)
WEKWERTH, Manfred (1929–2014)
WELLAND, Colin (1934–2015)
WELLER, Walter (1939–2015)
WESKER, Arnold (1932–2016)
WHEELER, David (1925–2012)
WHELAN, Peter (1931–2014)
WHITE, Leonard (1916–2016)
WHITE, Michael Simon (1936–2016)
WHITELAW, Billie (1932–2014)
WILDER, Gene (1933–2016)
WILLIAMS, Andy (1928–2012)
WILLIAMS, Camilla (1919/22–2012)
WILLIAMS, Dick Anthony (1938–2012)
WILLIAMS, Hugh Steadman (1935–2016)
WILLIAMS, Robin (1951–2014)
WILLIS, Jerome (1928–2014)
WILMER, Douglas (1920–2016)
WILSON, Elizabeth (1921?–2015)
WILSON, Julie (1924/25–2015)
WILSON, Sandy (1924–2014)
WILSON, Snoo (1948–2013)
WINDOM, William (1923–2012)
WINTERS, Jonathan (1925–2013)
WISE, Herbert [né Weisz] (1924–2015)
WOLSK, Eugene V. (1928–2013)
WOOD, Peter (1927–2016)
WOODS, Aubrey (1928–2013)
WOOLFENDEN, Guy Anthony (1937–2016)
WRIGHT, Martha (1923/26–2016)
WYMARK, Olwen [Mrs Patrick Wymark] (1934–2013)
WYMORE, Patricia [or Patrice] (1926/27–2014)
YOUNG, Alan (1919–2016)
ZAPATA, Carmen (1927–2014)
ZIMBALIST, Efrem, Jr (1918?–2014)

Patrick Finelli of the University of South Florida recently posted this report about the Dion Boucicault Theatre Collection at USF:

“This is an update on the Dion Boucicault Theatre Collection, the largest single repository of Boucicault manuscripts and materials in the world. Twelve years ago the late Barry Russell and other scholars helped us obtain funding to process 29 boxes of manuscripts, prompt books, notes, drawings and letters that the University of South Florida acquired from the estate of his widow. My colleague Matt Knight, special collections librarian, is preparing materials for an online exhibit of the following hitherto unpublished plays: Cuishla Machree; Suilamor, or, Life in Galway; Janet Pride; Jeanie Deans; Vanity Fair; The Parish Clerk; Lost at Sea; Vice-Versa; A Man of Honour; Marriage; Contempt of Court; RescuedPhryneOurselves; The Grass Widow; and Fin Mac Cool. Restructured and updated versions of the following plays and their prompt books will also be included in the online collection: The Colleen Bawn, Arrah-na-Pogue, The Shaughraun, The Amadan, The Rapparee, Belle Lamar, Pauline, Hunted Down, The Long Strike, and Robert Emmet. I believe there is also a play titled The Vampire in manuscript form.  Matt and his research assistant are engaged in transcription, editing, and digitization of materials. Boucicault’s dramas have been given a new lease on life with the publication of Deirdre McFeely’s excellent new study, Dion Boucicault: Irish Identity on Stage, and through other recent scholarly articles; however, these works do not discuss the majority of Boucicault material found in USF’s collection, nor do they take into account updated versions of the plays that are generally available. Further, many of the plays discussed in depth in modern scholarship are not readily available to the average reader. The last published collection of Dion Boucicault’s Irish drama was The Dolmen Boucicault, appearing in 1964, and it included only three plays.  Since that time, Plays by Dion Boucicault was released in 1984, featuring five plays, and the Selected Plays of Dion Boucicault, containing six plays, two of them also in the aforementioned volume was released in 1987. In short, scholars who have examined Boucicault’s plays in depth have only had The Dolmen Boucicault and slim anthologized versions to consult without having to rely on archival copies or microform editions of play scripts. USF’s substantial Boucicault collection is therefore invaluable, not only for filling gaps in the canon, but also for understanding 19th-century English-language theatre; contemporaneous social issues facing Britain, Ireland and the United States; and Victorian popular culture. The potential academic readership for The Dion Boucicault Online Theatre Collection will include those interested in the fields of 19th-century drama, English literature, American theatre and culture, Irish studies, Victorian studies, and popular culture. Further, as Boucicault’s Irish plays have enjoyed a revival on the stage in the last two decades, a collection of updated texts and new editions will extend the possibilities for more theatrical productions in the future. Also, given the cultural, social, and political material found in these dramatic works, a general reader will have much to appreciate in this online exhibition. In short, this project will appeal to the academic specialist, graduate and undergraduate students across disciplines, theatre directors and actors, and the general public. If you are interested in this collection for research or scholarship (faculty, independent scholar or graduate student), contact: Patrick Finelli, Ph.D. Professor School of Theatre and Dance University of South Florida”

There are 59 references to Boucicault’s work in The London Stage between the years 1890 and 1943 (see the accumulated indexes volume for details).

Oscar Wilde

Here are two links to interesting sites about Oscar Wilde:

La société Oscar Wilde

The Oscholars

Just a few words about the illegal “free downloads” of my books that can be found on the Internet. Since all my books are in copyright, all such downloads are illegal. Moreover, the objective of the sites that offer these downloads is to infect the computer of the person downloading the book and then perpetrate some scam (I would imagine this would be financial, identity theft, etc.). These sites are easy to spot because they usually piggyback on a genuine website. Here is the link to the first one I found today:

http://www.loggerlanetownhomes.com/data/it/J-P-Wearing/m185464/

The legitimate part of this link is : http://www.loggerlanetownhomes.com, the remainder leads you to the so-called free download.

Obviously, this problem affects virtually every author, and the best “solution” is for potential readers of such downloads to do the right thing and buy a genuine copy of the book, or at least go to their local library and borrow it. While the Internet encourages the free dissemination of ideas etc., such scams rob authors of some financial reward for their labors. Many years of work have gone into the making of my own books and surely even the slender remuneration royalties offer is just and appropriate. In any event, those who want free downloads might consider whether the damage caused to their computers and their financial lives is worth it.

I see that Harry Stopes-Roe died recently. Not mentioned in the obituary in the Daily Telegraph was his supposed co-authorship with his famous mother of a play. The latter was entitled Buckie’s Bears , a play for children, by “Erica Fay” [Marie Stopes] and “Harry Buffkins” [Harry Verdon Stopes-Roe] which was performed at the Royalty Theatre on 26 December 1931 and ran for 25 matinee performances. The play was revived five times during the 1930s. Harry was six when the play was first staged so it seems likely that his mother was largely responsible for the finished work. Given her views on eugenics, there is perhaps a touch of irony in her authorship of a children’s play. Her views on birth control found expression in Our Ostriches, a play of modern life, first performed at the Court Theatre on 24 November 1923, and revived at the Royalty on 7 May 1930.

 

Theatre in London has celebrated a rich and influential history, and in 1976 the first volume of J. P. Wearing’s reference series provided researchers with an indispensable resource of these productions. In the decades since the original calendars were produced, several research aids have become available, notably various reference works and the digitization of important newspapers and relevant periodicals.

Spanning 1890 through the 1950s, all seven volumes of The London Stage series have been revised, corrected, and expanded. In addition, approximately 20 percent of the material—in particular, information about adaptations and translations, plot sources, and comment information—is new.

Although each volume contains indexes specific to that decade, The London Stage 1890–1959: Accumulated Indexes combines all of the indexes into one comprehensive resource for more efficient research. For example, those wishing to locate all the references to a particular actor, play, or theatre whose history spanned more than one decade will find all of the entries listed in this set.

This set includes four key indexes: general, genre, theatre, and title.

  • The general index consists of numerous subject entries on such topics as acting, audiences, censorship, costumes, managers, performers, prompters, staging, and ticket prices. With approximately 40,000 people listed, this is the largest single source of theatrical personnel on the London stage during this period.
  • The genre index comprises all entries for production types, including comedies, dramas, farces, and tragedies, as well as ballets, operas, adaptations, foreign works, pantomimes, and translations.
  • The theatre index features every building to stage a production, from the Adelphi to Wyndham’s.
  • The title index cites 14,000 productions, identifying every work produced on stage from Domestic Economy in January 1890 to When in Rome in December 1959.


As a supplement to the individual volumes, The London Stage 1890–1959: Accumulated Indexes will be of value to scholars, theatrical personnel, librarians, writers, journalists, and historians.