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Theatrical roles of Sir Henry Irving


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Play Title

Role

Manchester Athenaeum: 25 February 1865
1 The Exposure of the Davenport Brothers The Doctor (Doctor Ferguson)
Prince's Theatre, Manchester: 5 April 1865
1 Louis XI Duc de Nemours
Free Trade Hall, Manchester: 12 April 1865
1 The Exposure of the Davenport Brothers The Doctor (Doctor Ferguson)
2 Raising the Wind Jeremy Diddler
3 Who Speaks First? Captain Charles
Prince of Wales Operetta House, Edinburgh: 8 to 20 May 1865
1 The Dark Cloud Philip Austin
2 George Barnwell George Barnwell
3 Raising the Wind Jeremy Diddler
4 Robert Macaire Robert Macaire
5 The Ticket of Leave Man Bob Brierly
Prince's Theatre, Manchester: 30 May to 8 June 1865
1 Extremes Frank Hawthorn
2 King Lear Edmund
3 Much Ado About Nothing Claudio
4 My Wife's Dentist Dick Hazard
Athenaeum, Bury: 23 June 1865
1 Hamlet Hamlet
2 My Wife's Dentist Dick Hazard
Victoria Hall, Douglas, Isle of Man: 10 July 1865
1 The Ladies' Club Major Mortar
2 A Wonderful Woman Marquis de Frontignac
Theatre Royal, Oxford: 31 July to 31 August 1865
1 The Flowers of the Forest Ishmael
2 Fool's Revenge Manfredi
3 London Assurance Dazzle
4 Macbeth Macduff
5 Othello Iago
6 Robert Macaire Robert Macaire
7 The School for Scandal Charles Surface
8 The Ticket of Leave Man The Bob Brierly
9 Woodcock's Little Game Woodcock
Prince of Wales's Theatre, Birmingham: 11 September to 28 October 1865
1 Dearest Mamma Nettle Croker
2 East Lynne Archibald Carlyle
3 Hamlet Laertes
4 Medea Jason
5 My Aunt's Advice Charles Arundel
6 The Scrap of Paper Anatole
7 The Ticket of Leave Man Bob Brierly
8 Used Up Ironbrace
9 War to the Knife John Blunt

St. James's Hall, Liverpool: 30 October to 18 November 1865

1 All That Glitters Is Not Gold Stephen Plum
2 The Bonnie Fishwife Wildoates Heartycheer
3 The Dark Cloud Philip Austin
4 Married Daughters Digby Spooner
5 Tom Noddy's Secret Captain Orrhond
6 Woodcock's Little Game Woodcock
7 Who Speaks First? Captain Charles

Victoria Hall, Douglas, Isle of Man: 6 to 8 December 1865

Prince of Wales's, Liverpool: 11 December 1865 to 28 July 1866

1 The Dark Cloud Philip Austin
2 Done on Both Sides John Brownjohn
3 East Lynne Archibald Carlyle
4 Ernani (burlesque) Scampa
5 The Fairy Circle Phillip Blake
6 The Favourite of Fortune Fox Bromley
7 A Game of Speculation Sir Harry Lester
8 A Lesson in Love Captain Freeman
9 Naval Engagements Lieutenant Kingston
10 The Needful Captain Feargus Daly
11 Nine Points of the Law Rollingstone
12 Only A Clod Harry Thorncote
13 Paris; or, Vive Lempriere (burlesque) Oenone [a female part]
14 Raising the Wind Jeremy Diddler
15 Robert Macaire Robert Macaire
16 The Silver Lining Arthur Merivale
17 Used Up lronbrace
Date Performed

Play Title

Role

Prince's Theatre, Manchester
30 July 1866  Two Lives of Mary Leigh Rawdon Scudamore
17 Aug. 1866 Plot and Passion Joseph Fouché
20 Aug. 1866 Hamlet Ghost
22 Aug. 1866 Raising the Wind Jeremy Diddler
22 Aug. 1866 The Ticket of Leave Man Bob Brierly
24 Aug. 1866 Much Ado About Nothing Claudio
24 Aug. 1866 A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing Colonel Kirke
St. James's Theatre, London
6 Oct. 1866 The Belle's Stratagem Doricourt
5 Nov. 1866 Hunted Down [Two Lives of Mary Leigh] Rawdon Scudamore
9 Feb. 1867 The Road to Ruin Harry Dornton
2 Mar. 1867 A Rapid Thaw O'Hooligan
19 Mar. 1867 The School for Scandal Joseph Surface
30 Mar. 1867 Robert Macaire Robert Macaire
22 Apr. 1867 Idalia Count Falcon
27 May 1867 My Aunt's Advice Charles Arundel
1 June 1867 Lady Audley's Secret Robert Audley
18 June 1867 The Serious Family Charles Torrens
Théâtre italien de Paris
8 July 1867 Our American Cousin Abel Murcott
Manchester, Dublin, Bristol, Bath, etc.
Aug.-Sept. 1867 The Liar Young Wilding
The Rivals Captain Absolute
She Stoops To Conquer Young Marlow
The Belle's Stratagem Doricourt
Lady Audley's Secret Robert Audley
The School for Scandal Charles Surface
Prince of Wales's Theatre, Liverpool
30 Sept. 1867 Meg's Diversion Sir Ashley Merton
7 Oct. 1867 Nine Points of the Law Rollingstone
St. James's Theatre, London
16 Oct. 1867 Only A Clod
Harry Thorncote
16 Oct. 1867 The Widow Hunt Felix Featherly
4 Nov. 1867 A Story of Procida Charles Mowbray
20 Nov. 1867 The School for Reform Ferment
Queen's Theatre, London
26 Dec. 1867 Katherine and Petruchio Petruchio
8 Jan. 1868 Dearer Than Life Bob Gassitt
11 Apr. 1868 Oliver Twist Bill Sykes
1 June 1868 The School for Scandal Charles Surface
Haymarket Theatre, London
5 June 1868 London Assurance Cool
Queen's Theatre, London
8 July 1868 The Rivals Faulkland
24 July 1868 The Lancashire Lass Robert Redburn
13 Feb. 1869 Not Guilty Robert Arnold
Drury Lane Theatre, London
11 Mar. 1869 The Spitalfields Weaver Brown
Queen's Theatre, London
15 Mar. 1869 She Stoops To Conquer Young Marlow
19 Mar. 1869 Plot and Passion De Neuville
19 Mar. 1869 The Spitalfields Weaver Brown
Standard Theatre, London
16 Apr. 1869 Ici on Parle Français (French Before Breakfast) Victor Dubois
16 Apr. 1869 Doing for the Best Harry
22 Apr. 1869 Dot; or, The Cricket on the Hearth Tackleton
4 May 1869 Black Eyed Susan Captain Crosstree
7 May 1869 Paul Pry Harry Stanley
Theatre Royal, Croydon
11 May 1869 The Steeplechase Doctor Clipper
Croydon, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Glasgow, Birmingham
10-29 May 1869 Dearer than Life Bob Gassitt
Oliver Twist Bill Sykes
The Spitalfields Weaver Brown
Ici on Parle Français Victor Dubois
Caleb Plummer/The Cricket on the Hearth John Peerybingle
Surrey Theatre, London (from 14 June to 3 July 1869)
28 June 1869 Dot; or, The Cricket on the Hearth John Peerybingle
Haymarket Theatre, London
12 July 1869 All For Money Captain Robert Fitzherbert
Drury Lane Theatre, London
5 Aug. 1859 Formosa Compton Kerr
Gaiety Theatre, London
13 Dec. 1869 Uncle Dick's Darling Mr. Reginald Chevenix
Vaudeville Theatre, London
16 April 1870 For Love Or Money Alfred Skimmington
4 June 1870 Two Roses Digby Grant
23 Mar. 1871
Boots at the Swan Frank Friskly
5 Apr. 1871 A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing Colonel Percy Kirke
Lyceum Theatre, London
11 Sept. 1871 Fanchette Landry Barbeau
23 Oct. 1871 Pickwick Alfred Jingle
25 Nov. 1871 The Bells Mathias
30 Mar. 1872 Raising the Wind Jeremy Diddler
28 Sept. 1872 King Charles I Charles I
19 Apr. 1873 Eugene Aram Eugene Aram
27 Sept. 1873 Richelieu Cardinal Richelieu
7 Feb. 1874 Philip Philip of Miraflore
31 Oct. 1874 Hamlet Hamlet
25 Sep. 1875 Macbeth Macbeth
14 Feb. 1876 Othello
Othello
18 Apr. 1876 Queen Mary King Philip
12 June 1876
The Belle's Stratagem Doricourt
23 June 1876 King René's Daughter Count Tristan
29 Jan. 1877 Richard III Duke of Glo'ster
19 May 1877
The Lyons Mail Dubosc and Lesurques
9 Mar. 1878
Louis XI Louis XI
8 June 1878 Vanderdecken
Vanderdecken
8 July 1878 Jingle Alfred Jingle
30 Dec. 1878 Hamlet
Hamlet
17 Apr. 1879 Lady of Lyons Claude Melnotte
6 June 1879 Eugene Aram Eugene Aram
13 June 1879 Richelieu Cardinal Richelieu
20 June 1879 Louis XI Louis XI
27 June 1879
Charles I Charles I
4 July 1879
The Lyons Mail Dubosc and Lesurques
11 July 1879
The Bells Mathias
25 July 1879
Richard III (first act) Duke of Glo'ster
25 July 1879
Raising the Wind Jeremy Diddler
27 Sept. 1879 The Iron Chest Sir Edward Mortimer
1 Nov. 1879 The Merchant of Venice Shylock
10 Dec. 1879 Two Roses Digby Grant  
20 May 1880
Iolanthe Count Tristan
18 Sept. 1880
The Corsican Brothers Fabien and Louis dei Franchi
3 Jan. 1881 The Cup Synorix
16 April 1881
The Belle's Stratagem Doricourt
2 May 1881 Othello Iago
9 May 1881 Othello Othello
23 July 1881 The Hunchback (scene from) Modus
26 Dec. 1881 Two Roses Digby Grant  
8 Mar. 1882 Romeo and Juliet Romeo
11 Oct. 1882 Much Ado About Nothing Benedick
14 June 1883 Robert Macaire Robert Macaire
First North American Tour, 29 October 1883 to 26 April 1884
Locations: New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, Detroit, Toronto, Washington, New Haven, Worcester, Springfield, Hartford, Philadelphia
Plays: The Bells, Charles the Fat, Louis XI, The Merchant of Venice, The Lyons Mail, The Belle's Stratagem, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing
Lyceum Theatre, London
8 July 1884 Twelfth Night Malvolio 

Second North American Tour, 30 September 1884 to 24 April 1885
Locations: Quebec, Montreal, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Buffalo, Syracuse, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Washington
Plays: The Merchant of Venice, The Bells, Louis XI, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Richelieu, Eugene Aram, King Charles I

Lyceum Theatre, London
27 May 1885 Olivia Dr. Primrose
19 Dec. 1885 Faust Mephistopheles
1 June 1887 Werner Werner
Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool
22 Aug.-15 Oct. 1887 Faust, etc.  

Third North American Tour, 7 November 1887 to 24 March 1888
Locations: New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston
Plays: Faust, The Merchant of Venice; 15 Feb. Huntington Hall, Boston programme: Gemini et Virgo, 'Speech to the Players' from Hamlet, the Feast of Belshazzar, waiter's scene from David Copperfield

Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham, Leeds, Birmingham
10 Sept.-1 Dec 1888 Faust, Louis XI, The Bells, Robert Macaire, The Lyons Mail  
Lyceum Theatre, London
29 Dec. 1888 Macbeth Macbeth
Theatre Royal, Sandringham (command performance)
26 April 1889 The Bells Mathias
26 April 1889 The Merchant of Venice ('Trial Scene') Shylock
Lyceum Theatre, London
28 Sept. 1889 The Dead Heart Robert Landry
20 Sept. 1890 Ravenswood Edgar of Ravenswood
Islington, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester
7 Sept.-12 Dec 1891 Nance Oldfield, The Bells, The Lyons Mail, Olivia, The Merchant of Venice, Ravenswood, Macbeth  
Lyceum Theatre, London
5 Jan. 1892 King Henry VIII Cardinal Wolsey
10 Nov. 1892 King Lear King Lear
5 Feb. 1893 Becket Thomas Becket

Fourth North American Tour, 4 September 1893 to 17 March 1894
Locations: San Francisco, Portland, Tacoma, Seattle, Minneapolis, St Paul, Chicago, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Toronto
Plays: The Bells, Nance Oldfield,
The Merchant of Venice, Becket, Olivia, King Charles I, The Lyons Mail, Louis XI, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry VIII

Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, Manchester
15 Sept.-15 Dec 1894 Becket, Faust, The Bells, The Merchant of Venice, A Story of Waterloo (21 Sept., his premiere for this role), The Lyons Mail, Nance Oldfield, The Dream of Eugene Aram  
Garrick Theatre, London
17 Dec. 1894 A Story of Waterloo Corporal Gregory Brewster
Lyceum Theatre, London
12 Jan. 1895 King Arthur King Arthur
4 May 1895
Don Quixote Don Quixote
4 May 1895
A Story of Waterloo Corporal Gregory Brewster  

Fifth North American Tour, 16 September 1895 to 15 May 1896
Locations: Montreal, Toronto, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Richmond, Charleston, Savannah, Atlanta, New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville, Louisville, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Providence, Springfield, Hartford, New Haven
Plays: Faust, Becket, King Arthur, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, Louis XL, Macbeth, King Charles I, The Lyons Mail, Nance Oldfield, The Bells, The Corsican Brothers, Don Quixote, Journeys End in Lovers Meeting, A Story of Waterloo

Lyceum Theatre, London
22 Sept. 1896
Cymbeline Iachimo 
19 Dec. 1896 Richard III Duke of Glo'ster
10 Apr. 1897 Madame Sans-Gêne Napoleon
Stratford (E.), Camberwell, Cardiff, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, Manchester, Glasgow. Edinburgh, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Liverpool, Bradford, Wolverhampton
6 Sept.-18 Dec. 1897 A Story of Waterloo, The Bells, The Merchant of Venice, Madame Sans-Gêne  
Lyceum Theatre, London
1 Jan. 1898 Peter the Great Peter the Great
4 May 1898 The Medicine Man Dr. Tregenna
Stratford (E.), Stoke Newington, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh
5 Sept.-10 Oct. 1898 A Story of Waterloo, The Bells, The Merchant of Venice, Madame Sans-Gêne  
Lyceum Theatre, London
5 Apr. 1899 Robespierre Robespierre
Birmingham, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool: 11 Sept.-13 Oct 1899

Sixth North American Tour, 30 October 1899 to 18 May 1900
Locations: New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, Brooklyn, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, Toledo, Columbus, Dayton, Indianapolis, Louisville, St Louis, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Providence, Springfield, Hartford, New Haven, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Kansas City, St Joseph, Omaha, St Paul, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Harlem
Plays: Robespierre, The Merchant of Venice, The Bells, The Amber Heart, Nance Oldfield, A Story of Waterloo

Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Sheffield, Leeds, Brighton - 16 Oct. to 22 Dec. 1900
Belfast, Dublin, Liverpool, Cardiff, Bristol, Bradford, Birmingham - 4 February to 23 March 1901
Lyceum Theatre, London
15 Apr. 1901 Coriolanus Coriolanus
Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds, Birmingham: 2 Sept. 1901 (four weeks)

Seventh North American Tour, 21 October 1901 to 21 March 1902
Locations: New York, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Chicago, St Paul, Minneapolis, Omaha, Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Columbus, Toledo, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Springfield, Boston, Providence, Hartford, New Haven, Harlem
Plays:
King Charles I, The Merchant of Venice, Louis XI, A Story of Waterloo, The Lyons Mail, The Bells, Nance Oldfield, Madame Sans-Gêne

Lyceum Theatre, London
19 July 1902 The Merchant of Venice Shylock
Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, Liverpool, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Bristol: 22 Sept.-13 Dec 1902
Northampton, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Newport, Swansea, Southampton, Boscombe, Wolverhampton, Leicester, Halifax, Oldham, Bolton: 29 Jan.-21 Mar. 1903
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London
30 Apr. 1903 Dante Dante

Eighth North American Tour, 26 October 1903 to 25 March 1904
Locations: New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Portland, Worcester, Waterhurst, Springfield, Hartford, New Haven, Brooklyn, Washington, Trenton, Scranton, Syracuse, Harrisburg, Ithaca, Rochester, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Albany, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, Cleveland, Harlem
Plays:
Dante, Louis XI, The Merchant of Venice, The Bells, The Lyons Mail, A Story of Waterloo

Newcastle-on-Tyne, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol
18 Apr.-11 June 1904 Becket, The Merchant of Venice, Louis XI, The Bells, A Story of Waterloo  
Cardiff, Swansea, Birmingham, Leeds, Leicester, Derby, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Liverpool, Manchester (farewell tour)
19 Sept.-10 Dec. 1904 Becket, The Merchant of Venice, The Lyons Mail, A Story of Waterloo  
Portsmouth, Southampton, Boscombe, Plymouth, Exeter, Bath (spring farewell tour): 23 Jan. to 18 Feb. 1905
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London (farewell season)
29 Apr. 1905 Becket Thomas Becket
22 May 1905 The Merchant of Venice Shylock
5 June 1905 A Story of Waterloo Corporal Gregory Brewster  
5 June 1905 Becket Thomas Becket
6 June 1905 Louis XI Louis XI
10 June 1905 A Story of Waterloo Corporal Gregory Brewster  
10 June 1905 Becket Thomas Becket
His Majesty's Theatre, London
15 June 1905 A Story of Waterloo Corporal Gregory Brewster  
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
2 Oct. 1905 The Merchant of Venice Shylock
3 Oct. 1905 Becket Thomas Becket
4 Oct. 1905 The Bells Mathias
5 Oct. 1905 Louis XI Louis XI
6 Oct. 1905 Becket Thomas Becket
7 Oct. 1905 The Merchant of Venice Shylock
Theatre Royal, Bradford
9 Oct. 1905 The Merchant of Venice Shylock
10 Oct. 1905 Becket Thomas Becket
11 Oct. 1905 Louis XI Louis XI
12 Oct. 1905 The Bells Mathias
13 Oct. 1905 Becket Thomas Becket


Sources

Brereton, A. The Life of Henry Irving, vols. 1-2. London, etc.: Longman's, Green and Co., 1908.

Irving, L. Henry Irving: The Actor and His World. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1952.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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