The Strand - The Performers Book 8

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It was demolished in to make way for Aldwych tube station. In , Henry bought the panorama in the Strand, which was then known as Reinagle and Barker's Panorama, [1] and the two panoramas were then run jointly until Their building was then used as a dissenting chapel and was purchased by Benjamin Lionel Rayner, a noted actor, in Rayner engaged Charles Broad to convert and extend the original building as a theatre. Again, the theatre lacked support and closed in November The theatre was re-opened in early as the New Strand Theatre , by Frances Maria Kelly — who also based a drama school there.

The theatre failed because it was unlicensed, and this put it into competition with London's patent theatres. Presenting plays by subscription was one method of evading the Acts, but tickets could not be sold at the theatre. This was circumvented by selling them at neighbouring shops; and at one point the public were admitted free on purchase of an ounce of rose lozenges for four shillings stalls , or half an ounce of peppermint drops for two shillings the pit from the neighbouring confectioners. The theatre was again closed under the Patent Acts in March , and the owners brought before the magistrates.

The theatre was enlarged in and a gallery added in In the manager was William Farren.

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In , the manager was T. Frank Talford wrote the earliest burlesque for the Strand, full of excruciating puns and enlivened by bright songs. Mythological subjects were popular. In one such piece in the afterwards famous Mrs. In , the theatre was taken over by the Swanborough family originally Smith. Henry's eldest son William was also an active manager.

Following Henry's depression and suicide in , ownership passed to Henry's widow Mary Ann. According to Erroll Sherson, writing in , the Strand was burlesque's first real nursery and its permanent home. For some years, the Strand's programme began with a short drama, many written by H. Then followed a burlesque by H. Brough , or F. Under the Swanboroughs, the theatre enjoyed success, with Ada Swanborough performing in H.

Turner and Marie Wilton,. The celebrated burlesque on Kenilworth , [7] first performed in and played over many years, brought the Strand great prosperity.

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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. Following Henry's depression and suicide in , ownership passed to Henry's widow Mary Ann. Lady of the Lake added it Dec 31, This page was last edited on 13 August , at It moved in to Fulton and Gold Streets in the Financial District , but finally closed on September 22, due to rent increases.

Turner as Mike Lambourne, Mrs. Leicester was later played by Maria Ternan. Henry Jameson Turner was by far the longest serving actor at the Strand.

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His first appearances pre-dated the Swanboroughs. He moved from the Lyceum to the Strand in , his first wife, Eleanor, and eldest daughter, Ellen, also appearing with him.

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Turner also ran a theatrical agency. His final appearance was at a benefit for the Strand General Theatrical Fund of which he had been treasurer in April The first appearance of the popular pantomime character, Widow Twankey , played by James Rogers in Byron's version of Aladdin, took place at The Strand in Other successful works in the s, included the hit operettas Madame Favart and Olivette.