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John Martin Harvey as King Konrad of Polavia in the one-act play, The Conspiracy, first produced at the Theatre Royal, Dublin, in 1907

March 7, 2014

John Martin Harvey (1863-1944), English actor, as King Konrad of Polavia in the one-act play, The Conspiracy by Robert Barr and Sidney Lewis-Ransom, the action of which centres on a plot by a group of noblemen to depose or assassinate their monarch.
(photo: Daily Mirror Studios, London, 1908; postcard 726 S, published by J. Beagles & Co Ltd, probably 1908)

The Conspiracy was first produced by John Martin Harvey at the Theatre Royal, Dublin, on 8 November 1907. He introduced the piece to London audiences on 9 September 1908, during a twelve weeks’ season at the Adelphi Theatre. The Stage judged his performance as ‘a bold and dignified impersonation, yet graced with all that charm of manner and of diction which render his work so pleasurable.’ (London, Thursday, 14 November 1907, p. 14d). Harvey revived The Conspiracy at the Palladium Theatre, London, on 26 December 1910.

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