February 13, 2013

W.H. Denny (1853-1915),
English actor and singer,
as Tony Lumkin in She Stoops to Conquer
(photo: W. & D. Downey, London, probably 1882)

Lillie Langtry and company on tour in the United Kingdom in An Unequal Match and She Stoops to Conquer, 1882
Birmingham – ‘PRINCE OF WALES THEATRE. – Proprietor, Mr J. Rogers; Acting-Manager, Mr C. Appleby. – One Monday evening Mrs Langtry appeared as Hester Grazebrook, in An Unequal Match. Her performance throughout was unequal, and was rather colourless. She was supported by Mr Denny as Blenkinsop, by Mr Hargreaves as Dr. Botcherley, and by Mr Forrest as Harry Arncliffe, all playing carefully. Miss Kate Hodson was amusing as Bessie Hebblethwaite. On Tuesday evening Mrs Langry appeared to better advantage in the character of Miss Hardcastle, in Goldsmith’s comedy She Stoops to Conquer. Mr W.H. Denny plated the role of Tony Lumkin splendidly, and brought out the humour of the part very strongly. Mr Hargreaves was excellent as Mr Hardcastle, and the Young Marlow of Mr E. Felton and the Hastings of Mr A.H. Forrest were only moderately well taken.’
(The Era, London, Saturday, 3 June 1882, p. 9a)


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