Thursday, 16 February 2017

Götz von Berlichingen (1773) written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and produced at the Municipal Theatre of Düsseldorf around 1910

A scene from Götz von Berlichingen  (1773) written by the German author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) and produced at the Municipal Theatre of Düsseldorf around 1910




Faust (1806, 1831) written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and produced in Germany with Aleksandër Moisiu acting Faust around 1910

Faust (1806, 1831) written by the German authour Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and produced in Germany with Aleksandër Moisiu (1879 - 1935) acting Faust around 1910




"In Berlin, Moissi was acclaimed for his 1906 performance of Oswald in Ibsen's Ghosts and in the premiere of Wedekind's Spring Awakening. His interpretations in the leading roles of Hamlet, Œdipus, Faust, and many others, were celebrated at the time, as were his voice and emotional range."


"Feeling mortal weariness broke with him in that time in the scenic way - in the role of Faust. Very young, he was exhausted passions Faust "The role of Faust, the scientist he performs well - wrote critic Jacobson. - His eyes are burning from the sleepless nights, this man fidget easily imagine a German medieval alchemists, though of Italian origin. But Faust-lover as if he was not interested. His Faust is like away from all otvlekshis and thinking. "

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Faust (1806, 1831) written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and produced in Austria with Lotte Mederski? as Gretchen around 1910

A scene from Faust (1806, 1831) written by the German authour Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) and produced in Austria with Lotte Mederski? as Gretchen around 1910




Sunday, 12 February 2017

Faust (1806, 1831) written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and produced in Germany under the direction of Otto Devrient'schen in 1878

A scene from Faust (1806, 1831) written by the German authour Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832) and produced in Germany under the direction of Otto Devrient'schen in 1878




"1876 sorgte Devrient in Weimar mit seiner Inszenierung des gesamten Faust (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) für enormes Aufsehen und konnte diese Aufführung viele Jahre im jährlichen Turnus wiederholen. Devrient nannte seinen „Faust“ ein Mysterium in zwei Tagewerken und veröffentlichte es im darauffolgenden Jahr unter dem Titel „Goethes Faust“."

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Street Scene (1929) written by Elmer Rice and produced at the Playhouse, New York, under the direction of William Brady, from January 1929 to June 1930

Some scenes from Street Scene (1929) written by the American playwright Elmer Rice (1892 - 1967) and produced at the Playhouse (founded in 1911), New York, under the direction of William Brady, from January 1929 to June 1930











"After returning to New York, Rice wrote the play The Sidewalks of New York, which formed the
basis for his successful play, Street Scene. The play was produced by William Brady in 1929 after being rejected by almost every producer in New York. Street Scene also marked Rice's directorial debut. He went on to direct most of his own productions and those of several notable playwrights including Robert Sherwood's Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1938), Maxwell Anderson's Journey to Jerusalem (1940), and S. N. Behrman's The Talley Method (1941) and Second Fiddle (1953). Considered his best artistic and commercial success, Street Scene won the Pulitzer Prize in 1929. Rice adapted the play into a film produced by United Artists in 1931, and a musical version, adapted by Rice with music by Kurt Weill and lyrics by Langston Hughes, opened in London in 1947."
"Street Scene
Play, Original
Written by Elmer Rice"
Jan 10, 1929 - Jun 1930

The Silver Cord written by Sidney Howard and produced at the St. Martin Theatre, London, in 1927

A scene from The Silver Cord written by the American playwright Sidney Howard (1891 - 1939) and produced at the St. Martin Theatre, London, in 1927




"With The Silver Cord, Howard had a major hit. A drama about a mother who is pathologically close to her sons and works to undermine their romances, it starred Pauline Lord and was one of the most talked-about plays of the 1926-27 Broadway season. It was a story for a decade fascinated by talk of Freud, Oedipal complexes, and family dysfunction. The Silver Cord is also the only original play by Howard to outlive its era. (His 1929 adaptation S.S. Tenacity is periodically revived.) The play was occasionally staged by regional theater companies through the late twentieth century, and its first Off-Broadway production was mounted in 2013. The 1933 film of the play starred Irene Dunne and Joel McCrea."

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Juno and the Paycock (1924) written by Sean O’Casey and produced in New York City, around 1925

A scene from Juno and the Paycock (1924) written by the Irish playwright Sean O’Casey (1880 - 1964) and produced in New York City, around 1925






Journey’s End (1928) written by Robert Cedric Sheriff and produced at the Henry Miller's Theatre, New York City, in 1929

A scene from Journey’s End  (1928) written by the  British playwright Robert Cedric Sheriff (1896 - 1975) and produced at the Henry Miller's Theatre, New York City, in 1929



"Journey’s End comes as more of a rediscovery on this side of the Atlantic than in the UK, where it appears at least to have remained in print over the years and certainly stayed in people’s memory. Once, in the late 1960’s, as Sherriff’s distinguished career as a playwright and screen writer was winding down, he was attending a reception at a local school, where “an old lady…said, ‘I did enjoy Journey’s End, Mr. Sherriff. Why don’t you write something else?'” Even though he had written more than a few successful plays, novels, and screenplays (Goodbye Mr. Chips, That Hamilton Woman, The Dam Busters), he couldn’t “shake off that label.” In New York, after its initial run of 485 performances at the recently demolished Henry Miller’s Theatre in 1929-30, it enjoyed only one brief revival in 1939. Let us hope that the absorbed and plentiful Friday night audience of the performance I attended presages a long run."
 

Monday, 6 February 2017

Wings over Europe written by Robert Nichols and Maurice Browne, and produced at the Theatre Guild, New York City, under the direction of Rouben Mamoulian, in 1928

A scene from Wings over Europe written by Robert Nichols and Maurice Browne, and produced at the Theatre Guild, New York City, under the direction of Rouben Mamoulian, in 1928




"In 1928 his play Wings Over Europe, which foretold the splitting of the atom and the consequences that would follow, was a success in New York."
"Wings Over Europe was a 1928 Broadway three-act play written by Robert Nichols and Maurice Browne, produced by the Theatre Guild and directed by Rouben Mamoulian. It opened on December 10, 1928 at the Martin Beck Theatre and then moved to the Alvin Theatre sometime in 1929 running for 90 total performances."

Mr. Pim Passes By (1919) written by Alan Alexander Milne and produced at the Theatre Guild, New York City, in 1921

A scene from Mr. Pim Passes By (1919) written by the British playwright Alan Alexander Milne (1882 - 1956) and produced at the Theatre Guild, New York City, in 1921

With (left to right) Erskine Sanford (Carraway Pim), Dudley Digges (George Marden, J. P.) and Laura Hope Crews (Olivia)



"Crews appeared in plays written by A.A. Milne, who was particularly impressed by her work in his Mr. Pim Passes By (1921). The play was a big success and ran for 232 performances on Broadway."

Sunday, 5 February 2017

John Ferguson (1915) written by Saint John Ervine and produced at the Cort Theatre, New York City, in 1919

A scene from John Ferguson (1915) written by the British playwright Saint John Ervine (1883 - 1971) and produced at the Cort Theatre, New York City, in 1919




“A thoroughly engrossing, fully realized drama brought to life by an ensemble of actors who never miss a beat,”1 wrote the New York Times of St. John Ervine’s JOHN FERGUSON in its first appearance on the New York stage since 1919."

Abraham Lincoln (1918) written by John Drinkwater and produced with the title role played by Frank McGlynn in New York in 1919

A scene from Abraham Lincoln (1918) written by the British playwright John Drinkwater (1882 - 1937) and produced with the title role played by Frank McGlynn (1866 - 1951) in New York in 1919
 



"Frank McGlynn Sr. (October 26, 1866 – May 18, 1951) was an American stage and film actor who found success later in life playing Abraham Lincoln."
"Garland suggested that the prize go to Abraham Lincoln by John Drinkwater, an Englishman. The play moved from London to New York in 1919. Frank McGlynn, who had portrayed Lincoln in the D.W. Griffith film Birth of a Nation, played the title role on Broadway."

The Great Adventure (1913) written by Arnold Bennett and produced at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City around 1920

A scene from The Great Adventure (published in 1913) written by the British playwright Arnold Bennett (1867 - 1931) and produced at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City around 1920
 

 

Friday, 3 February 2017

The Faithful (1915) written by John Masefield and produced at the Theatre Guild, New York, under the direction of Irving Pichel and with the stage designed by Lee Simonson?, in 1919

Two scenes from The Faithful (1915)  written by the British playwright John Masefield (1878 - 1967) and produced at the Theatre Guild (founded in 1918), New York City, under the direction of Irving Pichel and with the stage designed by Lee Simonson, in 1919
 

 
 
 


"The Faithful.              
By John Masefield. Produced by The Theatre Guild. Staged by Irving Pichel. New York, 1919."

"Theatre Guild, a theatrical society founded in  New York City in 1918 for the production of high-quality, noncommercial American and foreign plays. The guild, founded by Lawrence Langner (1890–1962), departed from the usual theatre practice in that its board of directors shared the responsibility for choice of plays, management, and production. The first two seasons, which included plays by Jacinto Benavente, St. John Ervine, John Masefield, and August Strindberg, demonstrated the artistic soundness of the plan."

The Show (1925) written by John Galsworthy and produced at St. Martin's Theatre, London, around 1925

A scene from The Show (1925) written by the British playwright John Galsworthy (1867 - 1933) and produced at St. Martin's Theatre, London, around 1925


Escape (1926) written by John Galsworthy and produced at the Ambassadors Theatre, London, in 1926

A scene from Escape (1926) written by the British playwright John Galsworthy (1867 - 1933) and produced at the Ambassadors Theatre, London, in the summer of 1926




"Galsworthy’s first play was The Silver Box, produced at the Court Theatre in London (now the Royal Court) in 1906 (Galsworthy, 1931). It was a play of ideas, in the tradition of Ibsen and Shaw, and set the tone for his dramatic output of 19 full-length plays, notably Strife, Justice, Loyalties and Escape. Perhaps it is significant that his one play overtly about Dartmoor is called Escape, first performed at the Ambassadors Theatre, London, in the summer of 1926. It was a huge commercial success and ran for a year. Ostensibly Escape is a humorous thriller about the escape from Dartmoor Prison of a man whose only crime has been to protect a prostitute from wrongful arrest. At a deeper level, through a series of encounters between the escaped prisoner and people going about their lives on Dartmoor, the play proceeds to argue how rebellion against the edicts of authority"

Justice (1910) written by John Galsworthy and produced at the Renaissance- Bühne, Wien, around 1925

A scene from Justice (1910) written by the British playwright John Galsworthy (1867 - 1933) and produced at the Renaissance- Bühne, Wien, around 1925

 

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The Apple Cart (1928) written by George Bernard Shaw and produced at the Deutsches Theatre, Berlin, around 1930

A scene from The Apple Cart (1928) written by the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950) and produced at the Deutsches Theatre, Berlin, around 1930




Back to Methuselah (1918-20) written by George Bernard Shaw and produced at the Düsseldorf's theatre (Schauspielhaus), Germany, around 1925

A scene from Back to Methuselah (1918-20) written by the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)  and produced at the Düsseldorf's theatre (Schauspielhaus), Germany, around 1925


Saint Joan (1923) written by George Bernard Shaw and produced at the Deutsches Theatre, Berlin, under the direction of Max Reinhardt in October 1924

A scene from Saint Joan (1923) written by the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950) and produced at the Deutsches Theatre, Berlin, under the direction of Max Reinhardt in October 1924




"While Shaw insisted on interviewing all potential English Joans and kept a watching brief on productions, such control was impossible in the foreign productions which followed immediately on the English premières. He was furious to learn that colloquialisms like Joan's 'Blethers' (II.563) and 'I call that muck' (II.630) were cut in Max Reinhardt's October 1924 production at the Deutsches Theater, Berlin, and feared that Elisabeth Bergner was playing up Joan's piety."