Henry Irving acting prompt-book

Henry Irving acting prompt-book

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Carr, J. Comyns, (Joseph Comyns), 1849-1916
Creator: Irving, Henry, Sir, 1838-1905
Creator: Moreau, Émile, 1852-1922
Creator: Sardou, Victorien, 1831-1908
Title: Henry Irving acting prompt-book
Dates: 1897 February 12
Quantity: 0.029 Linear feet (1 folder; MS 2705, 2706, 2708-2710, 2714, 2719, 2720, 2724, 2730, 2734, 2735, 2739, and 2740 housed together in 1 document box)
Coll. Number: ms2719(m)

Biographical/Historical Note

Henry Irving "born Feb. 6, 1838, Keinton Mandeville, Somerset, Eng., died Oct. 13, 1905, Bradford, Yorkshire, original name John Henry Brodribb [was] one of the most famous of English actors, the first of his profession to be knighted (1895) for services to the stage. He was also a celebrated theatre manager and the professional partner of the actress Ellen Terry for 24 years (187-1902)." -- "Irving, Sir Henry." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Academic ed. http://search.eb.com/eb/ (Retrieved July 30, 2009)

Joseph William Comyns Carr (1849-1916) was an author, gallery director, and theatre manager.

Victorien Sardou (1831-1908) "playwright who, with E�mile Augier and Alexandre Dumas fils, dominated the French stage in the late 19th century and is still remembered as a craftsman of bourgeois drama." -- "Sardou, Victorien." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Academic ed. http://search.eb.com/eb/ (Retrieved July 30, 2009)

Emile Moreau (1852-1922) was a French playwright.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of one acting prompt-book, heavily annotated and corrected by actor and manager Henry Irving for his leading role as Napoleon in the play Madame Sans-Gene (written by Sardou and Moreau and adapted by Comyns). The book is an octave bound in green kidsking, somewhat worn, consisting of Folios (55)-99 as issued, Irving's part for Napoleon. The book is autographed "Henry Irving/Lyceum Theatre, 12 February '97" and presents an excellent source of Irving's acting methods.

Index Terms

Irving, Henry, Sir, 1838-1905
Lyceum Theatre (London, England).
Prompt books.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Henry Irving acting prompt-book, 1897 February 12. MS 2719(M). Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Prompt-book, 1897 February 12