Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson was an English actor and theatre manager. He was considered the finest Hamlet of the Victorian era and one of the finest actors of his time, despite his dislike of the job and his lifelong belief that he was temperamentally unsuited to acting. Born in London, he was the eldest of the eleven children of John Forbes-Robertson, a theatre critic and journalist from Aberdeen, his wife Frances. One of his sisters and three of his brothers, Ian Forbes-Robertson, Norman Forbes-Robertson and John Kelt became actors, he was the brother-in-law of famed actress Maxine Elliott, the uncle of Roy Harrod the economist, he was the great-uncle of actress Meriel Forbes, who married actor Sir Ralph Richardson. He was educated at Charterhouse. Intending to become an artist, he trained for three years at the Royal Academy, he began a theatrical career, out of a desire to be self-supporting, when the dramatist William Gorman Wills, who had seen him in private theatricals, offered him a role in his play Mary Queen of Scots.
His many performances led him into, among other things, travel to the U. S. and work with Sir Henry Irving. He was refined of English actors, he was a personal friend of the Duke of Sutherland and his family and stayed with them at Trentham Hall. Forbes-Robertson first came to prominence playing second leads to Henry Irving before making his mark in the role of Hamlet. One of his early successes was in W. S. Gilbert's Dan'l Druce, Blacksmith. In 1882, he starred with Lottie Venne and Marion Terry in G. W. Godfrey's comedy The Parvenu at the Court Theatre. George Bernard Shaw wrote the part of Caesar in Cleopatra for him. Shaw stated: I wrote Caesar and Cleopatra for Forbes-Robertson, because he is the classic actor of our day, had a right to require such a service from me … Forbes-Robertson is the only actor I know who can find out the feeling of a speech from its cadence, his art meets the dramatist’s art directly, picking it up for completion and expression without explanations or imitations … Without him Caesar and Cleopatra would not have been written.
Forbes-Robertson's other notable roles were Romeo, Leontes in The Winter's Tale, the leading role in The Passing of the Third Floor Back. He did not play Hamlet until he was 44 years old, but after his success in the part he continued playing it until 1916, including a surviving silent film. In a theatre review of Forbes-Robertson’s performance in Hamlet published in The Saturday Review George Bernard Shaw wrote: Nothing half so charming has been seen by this generation, it will bear seeing again. … His intellect is the organ of his passion. His eternal self-criticism is thrilling as it can possible be. … Mr. Forbes-Robertson’s own performance has a continuous charm and variety, which are the result not only of his well-known grace and accomplishment as an actor, but of a genuine delight — the rarest thing on our stage — in Shakespeare’s art, a natural familiarity with the plane of his imagination. Forbes-Robertson was a talented painter who did a portrait of his mentor Samuel Phelps that hangs in the Garrick Club in London.
Forbes-Robertson acted in plays with the actress Mary Anderson in the 1880s. He fell in love with her and asked her hand in marriage, she kindly turned him down. He and actress Beatrice Campbell enjoyed a brief affair during the time she starred with him in a series of Shakespearean plays in the mid-1890s. In 1900, at age 47, he married American-born actress Gertrude Elliott, sister of Maxine Elliott, with whom he had four daughters, their first daughter was Maxine Forbes-Robertson known as'Blossom', who married the aircraft designer F. G. Miles and became a director and designer of the Miles Aircraft company, she married Inigo Freeman-Thomas, 2nd Marquess of Willingdon, in 1924. Their second daughter Jean Forbes-Robertson became an accomplished actress, their third daughter was an artist. Diana Forbes-Robertson, their fourth daughter, was a writer who wrote a biography of her aunt Maxine Elliott. Through his daughter Jean he is the grandfather of actress Joanna Van Gyseghem. Johnston Forbes-Robertson was knighted in 1913 at the age of 60, at which point he retired from acting.
He returned to the stage, for his first farewell tour of the US in 1914–1915. It began in with a three month run in New York traveled the country using eight rail road freight cars to carry the sets and properties for eight shows, his last appearance was at the Sanders Theatre in Boston with a performance of Hamlet. The second farewell tour followed; the tour traveled to Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Kansas City, Salt Lake City, San Francisco — where he learned of the birth of his fourth daughter, Diana. At this point they decided to reduce the itinerary to only three plays, by eliminating Caesar and Cleopatra from the repertoire. In his autobiography he describes how, on one early morning, the set, including the sphinx, was piled onto a beach and set on fire; the tour continued into Canada. His last performance as both Hamlet and as an actor, was in 1916 at the Sheldon Lecture Theatre of the Unive
Appearances is a 1921 British drama film directed by Donald Crisp. Alfred Hitchcock is credited as a title designer, it is a lost film. David Powell as Herbert Seaton Mary Glynne as Kitty Mitchell Langhorn Burton as Sir William Rutherford Mary Dibley as Lady Rutherford Marjorie Hume as Agnes Percy Standing as Dawkins Alfred Hitchcock filmography List of lost films Appearances on IMDb Appearances at AllMovie
Idols of Clay (1920 film)
Idols of Clay is a 1920 American silent drama film directed by George Fitzmaurice and starring Mae Murray and David Powell. A copy of the film survives in the Gosfilmofond Archive in Moscow. Mae Murray - Faith Merrill David Powell - Dion Holme Dorothy Cumming - Lady Cray George Fawcett - Jim Merrill Leslie King - Blinky Richard Wangermann - Old Master Claude King - Dr. Herbert Idols of Clay on IMDb Idols of Clay at AllMovie Idols of Clay at silenthollywood.com
Internet Broadway Database
The Internet Broadway Database is an online database of Broadway theatre productions and their personnel. It was conceived and created by Karen Hauser in 1996 and is operated by the Research Department of The Broadway League, a trade association for the North American commercial theatre community; the website has a corresponding app for both the IOS and Android. This comprehensive history of Broadway provides records of productions from the beginnings of New York theatre in the 18th century up to today. Details include cast and creative lists for opening night and current day, song lists and other interesting facts about every Broadway production. Other features of IBDB include an extensive archive of photos from past and present Broadway productions, links to cast recordings on iTunes or Amazon and attendance information, its mission was to be an interactive, user-friendly, searchable database for League members, journalists and Broadway fans. The League added Broadway Touring shows to the database for ease of tracking shows that play in theatres across the country.
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Love's Boomerang is a 1922 British crime film directed by John S. Robertson. Alfred Hitchcock is credited as a title designer; the film is now lost. As described in a film magazine, young Perpetua, an orphan, is adopted by an artist; the two go on a holiday tour through France where they meet Monsieur Lamballe, the owner of a circus. The circus elephant has been pawned by Lamballe, the artist, seeking the discomfort in the eyes of Perpetua, buys the claim against the animal; the two wanders join the circus troupe. For several years the artist and girl travel with leading delightful vagabond lives. Perpetua is sent to a convent and the discovery is made by the criminal Russell Felton that she is his abandoned daughter; the crook has been leading a youth, heir to some wealth, to physical destruction, sees in Perpetua an opportunity to further assure himself of the fortune. The youth falls in love with the young woman who, urged by her father, marries him. Now Felton seeks to strengthen his scheme by forcing liquor on the youth, while Perpetua seeks to cure him of his cravings for drink.
Hoping to hasten things, Felton poisons a drought which the young wife gives to her feverish husband. She is charged with Felton's testimony results in a verdict of guilty; the dead youth had changed his will in Perpetua's favor, Felton writes a confession and prepares to flee when a convict to whom Felton had promised money confronts him. In a gun duel both are killed. McCree, secretly working for Perpetua's freedom, meets her on her release, they both realize their love for each other. Ann Forrest as Perpetua Bunty Fosse as Perpetua, as a child David Powell as Brian McCree John Miltern as Russell Felton Roy Byford as Monsieur Lamballe Florence Wood as Madame Lamballe Geoffrey Kerr as Saville Mender Lillian Walker as Stella Daintry Lionel d'Aragon as Christian Ollie Emery as Madame Tourterelle Amy Willard as Jane Egg Tom Volbecque as Auguste Frank Stanmore as Corn Chandler Ida Fane as Mrs. Bugle Sara Sample as Perpetua's Mother Alfred Hitchcock filmography Love's Boomerang on IMDb Love's Boomerang at AllMovie
Herbert Beerbohm Tree
Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree was an English actor and theatre manager. Tree began performing in the 1870s. By 1887, he was managing the Haymarket Theatre, winning praise for adventurous programming and lavish productions, starring in many of its productions. In 1899, he helped fund the rebuilding, became manager, of His Majesty's Theatre. Again, he promoted a mix of Shakespeare and classic plays with new works and adaptations of popular novels, giving them spectacular productions in this large house, playing leading roles, his wife, actress Helen Maud Holt played opposite him and assisted him with management of the theatres. Although Tree was regarded as a versatile and skilled actor in character roles, by his years, his technique was seen as mannered and old fashioned, he founded the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1904 and was knighted, for his contributions to theatre, in 1909. His famous family includes his siblings, explorer Julius Beerbohm, author Constance Beerbohm and half-brother caricaturist Max Beerbohm.
His daughters were Viola, an actress and Iris, a poet. A grandson was the actor Oliver Reed. Born in Kensington, London as Herbert Draper Beerbohm, Tree was the second son and second child of Julius Ewald Edward Beerbohm and his wife Constantia Beerbohm; the senior Beerbohm was of Lithuanian origin. Draper was an Englishwoman, they had four children. Tree's younger brother was the author and explorer Julius Beerbohm, his sister was author Constance Beerbohm. A younger half-brother was the parodist and caricaturist Max Beerbohm, born from their father's second marriage. Max jokingly claimed that Herbert added the "Tree" to his name because it was easier for audiences than shouting "Beerbohm! Beerbohm!" at curtain calls. The latter part of his surname, "bohm", is north German dialect for "tree". Tree's early education included Mrs Adams's Preparatory School at Frant, Dr Stone's school in King's Square and Westbourne collegiate school in Westbourne Grove, London. After these, he attended Schnepfenthal College in Thuringia, Germany.
Upon his return to England, he began performing with amateur troupes using the name Herbert Beerbohm Tree, while working in his father's business. In 1878 Tree played Grimaldi in Dion Boucicault's The Life of an Actress at the Globe Theatre. For the next six years, he performed on tour in the British provinces, playing character roles, he made his London debut late in 1878 at the Olympic Theatre under the management of Henry Neville. His first real success was as the elderly Marquis de Pontsablé in Madame Favart, in which he toured towards the end of 1879. Another London engagement was as Prince Maleotti in a revival of Forget-me-Not at the Prince of Wales's Theatre in 1880, his first London success came in 1884 as the Rev. Robert Spalding in Charles Hawtrey's adaptation of The Private Secretary. Tree embellished the comic elements of the role, his next role was Paolo Marcari in Called Back by Hugh Conway. The contrast between this dashing Italian spy and his timid parson in Hawtrey's play, showed his versatility as a character actor.
Other appearances over the next two years included roles in revivals of A. W. Pinero's The Magistrate and W. S. Gilbert's Engaged. In 1886, he played Iago in Othello and Sir Peter Teazle in The School for Scandal with F. R. Benson's company at Bournemouth; the same year, in London, he made a success at the Haymarket Theatre, in the character role of Baron Harzfeld in Jim the Penman by Charles Young. In 1887, at age thirty-four, Tree took over the management of the Comedy Theatre in the West End of London, his first production was a successful run of the Russian revolutionary play The Red Lamp by W. Outram Tristram, in which Tree took the role of Demetrius. In the year, he became the manager of the prestigious Haymarket Theatre. Since the departure of the Bancrofts in 1885, that theatre's reputation had suffered. Tree restored it during his tenure, he appeared on stage in some thirty plays during the following decade. While popular farces and melodramas like Trilby anchored the repertoire, Tree encouraged the new drama, staging Maeterlinck's The Intruder, Ibsen's An Enemy of the People and Wilde's A Woman of No Importance, among others.
He supported new playwrights by producing special "Monday night" performances of their new plays. Tree mounted critically acclaimed productions of Hamlet, Henry IV, Part 1 and The Merry Wives of Windsor, establishing himself as a Shakespearean leading man; the Times thought his Hamlet a "notable success", but not everyone agreed: W. S. Gilbert said of it, "I never saw anything so funny in my life, yet it was not in the least vulgar." His Haymarket seasons were broken by visits to the United States in January 1895 and November 1896, occasional visits to the provinces. With the profits he had accumulated at the Haymarket, Tree helped finance the rebuilding of Her Majesty's Theatre in grand Louis XV style, he managed it. He lived in the theatre for two decades following its completion in 1897 until his death in 1917. For his personal use, he had a banqueting hall and living room installed in the massive, square French-style dome; the theatre historian W. J. MacQueen-Pope, wrote of the theatre, Simply to go to His Majesty's was a thrill.
As soon as you entered it, you sensed the atmosphere... In Tree's time it was graced by f