Posts Tagged ‘John Martin Harvey’


Martin Harvey and cast in a scene from Don Juan’s Last Wager, Prince of Wales’s Theatre, London, 1900

January 24, 2015

John Martin Harvey (1863-1944), English actor-manager, as Don Juan Tenorio, and members of the cast in the supper scene in Mrs Cunningham Graham’s romantic play, Don Juan’s Last Wager (based on José Zorrilla’s 1844 play, Don Juan Tenorio), which was first produced at the Prince of Wales’s Theatre, London, on 27 February 1900. The piece was not a success and was withdrawn after 30 performances.
(photo: London Stereoscopic & Photographic Co Ltd, London, 1900)

‘Mr. Martin Harvey, acting on the advice of his doctor, will conclude from run of ”Don Juan’s Last Wager” at the Prince of Wales’s Theatre on Saturday next [31 March 1900]. Mr Harvey continues to be the tenant of the theatre until the end of July at least, and he hopes to produce towards the middle of May the ”triple bill” of which we have spoken. Meanwhile, at Easter, Mr. Harvey will revive a comedy not quite fresh to the theatre, in which he himself will not appear.’
(Daily Mail, London, Wednesday, 28 March 1900, p. 8a)


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.