American Theatre Companies, 1888-1930

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( Eugene M. Laurent, "Walter Hampden: Actor-Manager," Ph.D. dissertation, University of Illinois, 1969, p. 1). He is also to be credited with creating a fine ensemble company in an age of stars and with attempting to educate the public by presenting plays that were ignored by other managements. He was indeed "a twentieth century actor, director, producer with nineteenth century ideals" ( Laurent, p. 121), but his efforts to bring about a romantic renaissance were as gallant as they were futile. After the closing of his theatre he appeared in both his own and other managers' productions, in radio serials, in films, and finally in television dramas. He died June 11, 1955.


PERSONNEL

Management: Walter Hampden, producer, director, and general manager ( 1919-30); Harold Entwistle, manager ( 1918-19); Arthur Hopkins, director ( 1920); Percy MacKaye, director ( 1920); Harry Irvine, director ( 1920); Sam Weller, advance man ( 1919-30).

Scenery and Costume Design: Claude Bragdon ( 1919-26), Robert Edmond Jones ( 1920).

Choreographer: Ruth St. Denis ( 1928).

Actors and Actresses: Ethel Barrymore, visiting star ( 1925-26); Albert Bruning ( 1919- 29); Maurice Colbourne, leading man ( 1925-26); Pedro de Cordoba, leading man ( 1923); Mary Hall, leading lady ( 1919-30); Walter Hampden, leading man ( 1919-30); Baliol Holloway, leading man and comedian ( 1925); J. Harry Irvine ( 1919-23); Moffat Johnston ( 1929-30); Mabel Moore (Mrs. Hampden), leading lady ( 1919-30); Ernest Rowan ( 1929); Cecil Yapp, comedian ( 1919-30); Blanche Yurka, leading lady ( 1919-20).


REPERTORY

1919-20: Hamlet, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, The Wayfarer, George Washington.

1920-21: The Taming of the Shrew, The Servant in the House, Macbeth.

1921-22: Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, The Servant in the House, The Taming of the Shrew, Othello.

1922-23: Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, The Servant in the House, The Taming of the Shrew, Othello, The Ring of Truth, The Black Flag, A New Way to Pay Old Debts.

1923-24: The Jolly Roger (The Black Flag retitled), Cyrano de Bergerac.

1924-25: Cyrano de Bergerac, Othello.

1925-26: Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Servant in the House.

1926-27: The Immortal Thief, Caponsacchi.

1927-28: An Enemy of the People, Hamlet, Caponsacchi, Henry V.

1928-29: The Light of Asia, An Enemy of the People, Caponsacchi, Cyrano de Bergerac.

1929-30: The Bonds of Interest, Caponsacchi, Richelieu, Hamlet.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Unpublished Source:

Laurent Eugene M. "Walter Hampden: Actor-Manager." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Illinois, 1969.

Laurilyn J. Harris

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