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The importance of being earnest programs

The importance of being earnest programs, 1895-1926.

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Mixed materialSupervised use MWEZ+ n.c. 5790Performing Arts Research Collections - Theatre


Additional Authors
  • Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900.
  • Alexander, George, Sir, 1858-1918
  • Frohman, Charles, 1860-1915
  • Jewett, Henry, 1861-1930
  • Spaulding, Alice Howard, 1878-1969
  • Koch, Frederick H. (Frederick Henry), 1877-1944
  • Drinkwater, John, 1882-1937
  • Campbell, Patrick, Mrs., 1865-1940
  • Gill, Maud
1 bound volume of programs : illustrations, some in color; 28 cm
In honor of George Freedley
  • Marginalia.
  • Theater programs.
  • Playbills.
  • A few dozen programs and playbills programs (1895 - 1926) for The importance of being earnest by Oscar Wilde in England and the United States documenting the play's near-simultaneous original productions, in London under the actor-manager George Alexander who also starred as John Worthing and in New York under the producer Charles Frohman. Includes the first and early revivals, staged again by Alexander and Frohman not long after Wilde's death, which helped to restore the playwright's public reputation. Also of note are a number of productions by amateur dramatic societies (Boston); a few college and university productions, including those by Alice Spaulding (Allegheny College) and Frederick Koch (The Carolina Playmakers); a production by the Henry Jewett Players (Boston); one by Butler Davenport's Bramhall Players (N.Y.); and five productions by the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, most under John Drinkwater's management.
  • Item 13, a program for a 1909 revival at St. James's Theatre (London) starring George Alexander, features Mrs. Patrick Campbell as Gwendolyn Fairfax with the billing "Miss Stella Patrick Campbell."
  • Maud Gill, reputed to be the first female stage manager in England, is cited in a number of the programs for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre as an actor or stage manager.
  • A number of the programs belong to the Stead or Players Collections. There is some marginalia by theatre-goers.
  • Compiled and bound by The New York Public Library.
Call Number
MWEZ+ n.c. 5790
  • 987620501
  • 987620501
The importance of being earnest programs, 1895-1926.
Type of Content
still image
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Type of Carrier
Local Note
Two programs from the first production at St. James's Theatre (London) are detached from the library binding and have been placed in a sleeve attached to the back cover of the volume. Other materials within are brittle and in poor condition. Please handle with deliberate care.
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Added Author
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900.
Alexander, George, Sir, 1858-1918, producer, actor.
Frohman, Charles, 1860-1915, producer.
Jewett, Henry, 1861-1930, producer.
Spaulding, Alice Howard, 1878-1969, director, teacher.
Koch, Frederick H. (Frederick Henry), 1877-1944, director, teacher.
Drinkwater, John, 1882-1937, producer.
Campbell, Patrick, Mrs., 1865-1940, actor.
Gill, Maud, actor, stage manager.
Research Call Number
MWEZ+ n.c. 5790
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