Posts Tagged ‘Herbert Beerbohm Tree’


December 30, 2012

Arthur Bourchier (1863-1927), English actor manager, in the title role of Henry VIII, His Majesty’s Theatre, London, 1 September 1910 (photo: F.W. Burford, London, 1910)

This real photograph postcard of Arthur Bourchier in the title role of Henry VIII was published in London in 1910 in the Rotary Photographic Series (no. 147 M) of the Rotary Photographic Co Ltd. This production of Shakespeare’s play, in which Herbert Beerbohm Tree appeared as Wolsey and Violet Vanbrugh as the Queen, was revived at His Majesty’s on 12 June 1911 and again on 27 May 1912.


Constance Bromley

December 28, 2012

Constance Bromley (fl. early 20th Century), English actress (photo: unknown, UK, circa 1908)

Little is known at present about Constance Bromley’s career apart from her being on a UK tour during 1905 with Herbert Beerbohm Tree’s Company. Later the same year she was with Charles Frohman’s Company on a UK tour in C.M.S. McLellan’s play Leah Kleschna, with Elaine Inescort in the title role. In 1906 Miss Bromley is mentioned as having written the play The Ranchman’s Romance, which was successfully produced, with herself in the cast, at the Queen’s Theatre, Leeds, on 20 June. In 1907 Constance Bromley appeared on tour with Edward Compton in William Muskerry’s comedy Garrick; or, Only an Actor, with Phyllis Relph in the leading female role as Violet Gresham. Miss Bromley remained with Compton during 1908, appearing in A Reformed Rake, The Eighteenth Century, She Stoops to Conquer and The School for Scandal. Two years later she was on tour in one of F.R. Benson’s companies, appearing as Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew. By 1919 Miss Bromley had become secretary and manager of the Grand Opera House, Calcutta. From there she seems to have drifted into films as a publicist.