The first theatre at the current site was built by Herbert Beerbohm Tree
in 1897 while the task of designing was undertaken by Charles J.
This paper seeks to draw attention to the depiction or, more properly, performance of Catholicism in the late-nineteenth century by drawing on the examples of the legitimate productions of Henry Irving's Lyceum Much Ado about Nothing (1882), and Henry VIII (1892), Herbert Beerbohm Tree
's Hamlet at the Haymarket (1892), and the touring Romeo and Juliet of Frank Benson (1898-1899).
The first is the actor-manager Herbert Beerbohm Tree
, who produced and starred in elaborately mounted revivals of Shakespeare's plays in the West End.
1914 George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion opened in London with Mrs Patrick Campbell as Eliza Doolittle and Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree
as Professor Higgins.
Other plays Herod, Ulysses, Nero and Faust (for Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree
) followed to critical acclaim but The Last Heir, produced in 1908, was not a success.
Founded on April 25, 1904, at Her Majesty's Theater in central London (the same venue now housing "The Phantom of the Opera"), RADA was London's first drama school to be established by an actor, Herbert Beerbohm Tree
. Operations moved the following year to its present home, which extends through the block from Gower Street to Malet Street, minutes away from the British Museum.
On the stage from the age of 11, encouraged by actor- manager Herbert Beerbohm Tree
who paid for his elocution lessons.
A Woman of No Importance opened at the Haymarket Theatre on 19 April 1893 where it ran until 16 August under the management of Herbert Beerbohm Tree
.(5) Tree took it on a short tour after it closed in London but it did not reach the provinces until September 1894 when Lewis Waller's company began touring with it.(6) The company took the play to Edinburgh as part of that tour.(7)