Tuesday, 21 June 2016

#plaque366 Herbert Beerbohm Tree

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Commemorating the great actor Herbert Tree on King Charles II Street SW1

Far be it from me to suggest that these theatrical types are adept at elbowing their way to the front. But… this is a helluva plaque…

The magnificently-handled Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1852 – 1917) was the actor-manager of Her Majesty’s Theatre* in the Haymarket – the building upon which this mighty plaque is situated. He is among the first of the great Shakespeareans to leave his work behind for future generations, having made several recordings of famous soliloquies for The Gramophone Company – the label which became HMV. Some of these recordings can be heard at the great Globe Exhibition on Bankside.

At this theatre Tree played Henry Higgins in Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, opposite Mrs Patrick Campbell as Eliza Doolittle.

*NOTE: The theatre's name changes with the sex of the monarch and was His Majesty's Theatre from 1901 – 1952.

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