Cambridge Arts Theatre Trust ... Present John Gielgud - Peggy Ashcroft - Leslie Banks in HAMLET Monday, 28th August, 1944 for six days
by Shakespeare ; [ John Gielgud ]
Cambridge [England]: Cambridge Arts Theatre Trust. Very Good. 1944. First Edition. Ephemera. 4 pages; Program, printed in black on thin grey paper. Bifolium:  pp. Scarce program for one of the significant performances of John Gielgud as Hamlet. Sir John Gielgud [1904-2000] was associated with the role of Hamlet for a large portion of his very long career. The actor first won stardom during a successful two seasons at the Old Vic Theatre from 1929 to 1931 where his performances as Richard II and Hamlet were particularly acclaimed. The Hamlet production of 1929 was the first Old Vic production to be transferred to the West End for a run. The noted critic of the time, James Agate, wrote that Gielgud's playing of Hamlet was "the high-water mark of English Shakespearean acting in our time." This 1944 production transfered from its original six day run in Cambridge to London's Haymarket Theatre, and was directed by George Rylands [1902-1999], one of the few figures of the twentieth century theater who lived longer than Sir John Gielgud. Gielgud spent the previous year at the Haymarket in his revival of Congrieve's 'Love for Love' -- with scenery designed to his commission by Rex Whistler. Gielgud's Ophelia for this production was Peggy Ashcroft, who first became a star in 1934 playing opposite Gielgud and Laurence Ollivier in 'Romeo and Juliet' (as the two great actors alternated in the roles of Romeo and Mercutio). George "Dadie" Rylands would become the director of the Camgridge Arts Theatre two years later, in 1946, a position he occupied with distinction through 1982. The inner two pages of this scarce threepenny program give a full listing of the cast and crew of this six-day pre-Haymarket/London production. This is unusually inclusive, with names cited for the painting and building of the scenery, the electrician, and the sources of the properties, wigs, men's and women's shoes, and even the stockings [Kayser-Bondor]. The rear cover details the cast and dates for the next week's offering at the Cambridge Arts -- Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Niggers." Apparently not in OCLC. . (Inventory #: 39768)
You can be confident that when you make a purchase through ABAA.org, the item is sold by an ABAA member in full compliance with our Code of Ethics. Our sellers guarantee your order will be shipped promptly and that all items are as described. Buy with confidence through ABAA.org.