Rutland Barrington, a Record of Thirty-five Years' Experience on the English Stage

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G. Richards, 1908 - Actors - 270 pages
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Page 55 - Executioner, had such stage fright that his knees shook, adding so greatly to the evening's amusement that he was obliged to retain a bit of it in subsequent performances. Rutland Barrington remembered the excitement in his memoirs: Never during the whole of my experience have I assisted at such an enthusiastic first night as greeted this delightful work. From the moment the curtain rose on the Court swells in Japanese plate attitudes to its final fall it was one long succession of uproarious laughter...
Page 111 - ... as after playing it for a month or so I began to feel as if I had never played anything else, and it so worked on my brain that I felt compelled to ask Carte to release me, which he very kindly did, and within a very short time I returned to Daly's for The Geisha, which play was the commencement of a stay of ten years with George Edwardes.
Page 39 - I only appeared in the second act, and my song, " The Enterprising Burglar," was such an immense success that I had always to repeat the last verse at least twice. It occurred to me that an encore verse would be very nice, and in a rash moment I one day presumed to ask Gilbert to give me one. He informed me that " encore " meant
Page 54 - ... was not reverted to in future. The fact that it did not achieve a very long run I attributed very largely to King Hildebrand not being sufficiently prominent, and I well remember telling Carte as much and his agreeing with me — a condition of affairs that I should somehow have taken advantage of, but which I failed to do.
Page 39 - I have already alluded), she was always called the prima donna — who was a perfect picture to look at and equally pleasant to listen to. This was Marion Hood — tall, slight, and graceful, a typical English girl with a wealth of fair hair which, I believe, was all her own. Her singing of the waltz song, "Poor Wandering One...
Page 57 - Bah than chalk is like cheese." I then suggested that possibly a quiet visit paid to him at home, coupled with an hour or two's devotion to the exposition of his views might have the desired effect.
Page 30 - Barrington is perfectly wonderful. He always manages to sing about one-sixteenth of a tone flat ; it's so like a vicar.
Page 96 - The second act was full of allusions to golf, and the scene was actually laid on a golf green, and the whole thing seemed to puzzle our audiences very much, golf not being in those days the well-known factor in life which it now is.
Page 59 - There is no getting away from the fact that it was, for the Savoy, a very stormy first night, some of the malcontents in the gallery shouting, "Take it away — give us back the Mikado...
Page 45 - Had they but been made of red velvet it would not have mattered so much, for 1 felt I was blushing all over and it might have escaped notice, though some of the aesthetic maidens were already choking with laughter.

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