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Henry Vernon Esmond

(1869—1922) actor and playwright


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(b. Hampton Court, Surrey, 30 Nov. 1869; d. Paris, 17 April 1922) Actor–manager and playwright who was an important contributor to the huge success of Pinero's The Second Mrs Tanqueray (1893) in his role as Cayley Drummle, and similarly in his role as Little Billee in the first production of du Maurier's Trilby (1895). His own plays, in which he often toured with his wife Eva Moore (1870–1955, a vice-president of the Actresses' Franchise League) and which number roughly 30, did not last, but his sentimental comdedies (e.g. Elija Comes to Stay, 1913) had considerable contemporary success.

From The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Theatre.


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