Programmes and playbills of Ianthe Theodora Heron-Allen, actress. Many of the programmes have been annotated with the date on which she attended the performances. The volume has been inscribed as follows: "Ianthe Theodora Heron-Allen. Programmes and Playbills. Her first pantomime was Blue Bell in Fairy land at Manchester. The Programme is in her Book of Events". On the spine it bears the text "I.T.H.A. Play Bills Vol. 1"
Theatre Collection: Heron-Allen Album of Playbills
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- ReferenceGB 150 MS107
- Dates of Creation1910-1924
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 album
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Ianthe Theodora Heron-Allen (fl 1904-1943) was born in 1904, the elder daughter of Edward Heron-Allen (1861-1943), solicitor, zoologist, writer and Persian scholar. Edward Heron-Allen was noted for translating the works of Omar Khayyam (1048-1131). Edward had married twice, first in Westminster on 1 July 1891 to Marianna, otherwise known as Henrietta, daughter of the artist Rudolf Lehmann (1819-1905) and sister of the English soprano and composer Liza Lehmann (1862-1918). Marianna died in 1902 and in November 1903 Heron-Allen married Edith Emily Pepler (1872-1943) in Knaresborough. Edith was the daughter of William Brown Pepler MD. The couple had two daughters: Ianthe (b 1904) and Armorel (b 1908). The births of Ianthe and Armorel were both registered in the Marylebone district of London. Following the death of his own father in 1911, Edward retired from practising law and the family moved to Large Acres, the house he had built at Selsey Bill, Sussex.
Relatively little is know about the life of Ianthe. In 1921 both Ianthe and her father are listed as fellows of the Zoological Society of London. Their address is given as 33 Hamilton Terrace, St John's Wood, London. Internal evidence from the volume of playbills suggests that Ianthe was possibly an actress at some stage of her life. She is known to have survived her father who died on 28 March 1943 at Large Acres. Her younger sister, Armorel, had died tragically in a car crash in 1930. Armorel had graduated from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford with a first class degree in zoology only two weeks earlier.
Sources: Heron-Allen album of playbills; Dictionary of National Biography available at: http://www.oxforddnb.com viewed 28 June 2011; list of fellows of the Zoological Society of London available at: http://www.archive.org/stream/listoffellows1921zooluoft/listoffellows1921zooluoft_djvu.txt viewed 28 June 2011; Free Births, Marriages and Deaths available at: http://www.freebmd.org.uk viewed 28 June 2011.
The programmes are arranged chronologically; each item has been catalogued at item level.
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The contents of this volume were formerly numbered 5362-5428 and incorporated into a collection called the Theatre Collection. It has now been identified as an unconnected acquisition and catalogued as a discrete collection.