Edith Wynne Matthison

May 8, 2013

Edith Wynne Matthison (1875-1955), English actress, in the title role of the 16th Century morality play, Everyman, rediscovered by William Poel and first produced on the commercial stage at the Imperial Theatre, London, 11 June 1902. Miss Wynne Matthison later appeared in the same piece in Washington, D.C. and New York, March, 1908
(photo: Foulsham & Banfield, London, circa 1905)

‘Charles Rann Kennedy’s drama, The Servant in the House, which is being awaited with so much interested since Henry Miller’s declaration that it is “one of the greatest plays of this generation both in largeness of theme and originality of treatment,” is soon to be presented here, preliminary to its New York production by a cast that would in itself attract decided attention. Edith Wynne Matthison the delightful actress who made such a hit in Everyman, and as Shakesepeare’s Rosalind and Viola, has returned to America to create the leading feminine role while Mabel Moore, another noted English actress, who figures in the recent Court Theater triumphs, will also be in the cast. Walter Hampden, who distinguished himself as leading man for both Viola Allen and Nazimova, will be associated with Tyrone Power whose Lord Steyn and Judas with Mrs Fiske and Ulysses in Stephen Phillips’ poetic drama are still fresh in public remembrance, with Charles Dalton, Arthur Lewis, and others. The play will be an early offering at the Belasco.’
(The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., Sunday, 1 March 1908, Third Part, p.3c)

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