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Roxy Barton as Titania in the revival of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, produced by Oscar Asche at the Adelphi Theatre, London, 1905

February 1, 2014

Roxy Barton (1879-1962), Australian actress, as she appeared as Titania in the revival of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, produced by Oscar Asche at the Adelphi Theatre, London, on 25 November 1905. Other members of the cast including Oscar Asche as Bottom and Beatrice Ferrar as Puck.
(postcard photo: Alfred Ellis & Walery, London, 1905; published in London by J. Beagles & Co, no. 24 P)

For a drawing by Charles A. Buchel of Oscar Asche, Roxy Barton and Beatrice Ferrar in their respective roles in this production, see the Folger Shakespeare Library. Another drawing by A.M. Faulkner of Osche as Bottom and Barton as Titania is in the same collection.

Roxy Claudia May Barton, the daughter of Russell Barton and his wife, Jane McCulloch Davie, was born in Sydney, NSW, Australia, on 8 May 1879. She was married at the parish church of St. Marylebone, London, on 14 June 1906 to the actor Henry Stephenson.

‘A most interesting wedding, which took place recently in London, was that of Miss Roxy Barton, daughter of Mr. Russell Barton, of Five Dock. You will doubtless remember Miss Barton, a very tall, handsome girl, and a clever actress, any who played several seasons in Sydney, notably rather a long one with The Message from Mars Company. It was that self-same messenger whom Miss Barton was married – Mr. Henry Stephenson Garraway, known on the stage as Henry Stephenson. Thus they met for the first time, and the engagement has been one of long standing. She is said to have made an extremely handsome bride. Mr. and Mrs. Garraway intend playing for a season in the States, where something good has been offered to them. It will probably be a long time before Mrs. Garraway returns to her native land. When she does she will receive a hearty welcome, as she has a large circle of friends.’
(The Sydney Mail, Sydney, NSW, Australia, Wednesday, 4 July 1906, p. 48b)

Roxy Barton died at the Plymouth Nursing Home, Penarth, Glamorgan on 1 March 1962.