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ARTHUR WING PINERO & The Early Musical Comedy Theatre
Wed 17 May 2017, 10:30 – 16:45 BST
The George Edwardes Musical Comedy Society presents:
ARTHUR WING PINERO and the EARLY MUSICAL COMEDY THEATRE
Join us for a day of talks, songs and theatrical recreation to celebrate the work of the Victorian playwright Arthur Wing Pinero and his links with the musical comedy stage.
The programme will run from 10.30 am until 4.45 pm as follows:
10.30 — 11.30 an illustrated talk by Jenny Bloodworth on the work and career of Arthur Wing Pinero.
Jenny has made a special study of the Victorian stage and earned her PhD at Leicester University (which operates a Centre for Victorian Studies) with her study of the novelist/playwright Clotilda Graves. Jenny is a member of the Society for Theatre Research.
11.30 — 12.00 coffee/tea break
12.00 — 13.00 an illustrated talk by Ken Reeves on the musical comedy actor W H Berry.
Berry had a lengthy career on the musical stage and was the leading male actor in the late 1910s adaptations of Pinero's work for the musical comedy theatre.
13.00 — 14.00 lunch break
(own arrangements needed: bring sandwiches or eat out nearby)
14.00 — 16.45 a re-creation (with a coffee/tea break between the acts of the re-creation) of The Boy which was based on Pinero's stage work The Magistrate. The Boy ran successfully for 801 performances from September 1917 until August 1919. The six singing parts will be sung by specialist singers. Audience members will be able to join in the choruses and the reading of character parts.
The event is free but a donation of £5 is suggested
Please note there is no wheelchair, lift or ramp access to this building.