Cambridge Festival Theatre programmes

Scope and Content

Programmes for Anmer Hall's Company at the Festival Theatre, Cambridge, where RD worked during 1929-30. These are quite substantial booklets containing articles and reviews, details of forthcoming productions, news and advertisements, as well as cast lists and production details. Ella Voysey, who married RD on 6 August 1929, was one of the lead actresses at the Festival Theatre during this period and also appears in the programmes. The listing below gives play title, RD's role (if any) and date of production. The programmes are as follows:

  • /1 Six Characters in Search of an Author: A Comedy in the Making: English version of an Italian play by Luigi Pirandello, produced by Tyrone Guthrie (10 Oct 1929).
  • /2 All for Love, or The World Well Lost by John Dryden, produced by Tyrone Guthrie, in which RD played Dolabella (2 Nov 1929).
  • /3 The Iphigenia in Tauris of Euripides, translated into English rhyming verse by Gilbert Murray, and produced by Tyrone Guthrie; RD played Orestes (9 Nov 1929).
  • /4 Dandy Dick by Arthur Wing Pinero, produced by Tyrone Guthrie, in which RD played Sir Tristram Mardon. (23 Nov 1929).
  • /5 The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, produced by Evan John, in which RD played Jack Absolute (30 Nov 1929).
  • /6 The Cherry Orchard by Anton Tchekov, translated by Constance Garnett, produced by Tyrone Guthrie; RD played Semyonov-Pistchick. The programme also includes a short article by RD on the acting of Hamlet: 'The Play Scene', pp. 4-5 (10 May 1930).
  • /7 The Kingdom of God translated from the Spanish of Martinez Sierra by Helen and Harley Granville-Barker, produced by RD. With a 'Producer's Note' by RD on p. 3 (24 May 1930).
  • /8 The Unknown Warrior by Paul Raynal, translated by Cecil Lewis, produced by Tyrone Guthrie. RD played a French Soldier (14 Jun 1930).