George Alexander Papers

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George Alexander papers
Creator: Alexander, George, Sir, 1858-1918
Call Number: D.178
Dates: 1892-1913
Physical Description: 34 Volumes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Series I: Plays from known playrights
Series II: Plays from playwrights unknown
Collection Overview
Title: George Alexander papers
Creator: Alexander, George, Sir, 1858-1918
Call Number: D.178
Dates: 1892-1913
Physical Description: 34 Volumes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
The British actor-manager Sir George Alexander (1858-1918) was born in Reading, England. He began acting in amateur theatricals in 1875, and four years later embarked on a professional acting career, making his London debut in 1881. He played many roles in the leading companies, including Sir Henry Irving's Lyceum.

In 1890 he produced his first play at the Avenue Theatre and in 1891 he became the manager of St. James's Theatre. Here he produced several of the major plays of the day such as Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde (1892), The Second Mrs. Tanqueray by Sir Arthur Wing Pinero (1893), The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde (1895), and The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope (1896).

Scope and Content
The collection consists of thirty-four typed, bound scripts used during the production of the plays at St. James's Theatre. Those having manuscript revisions, stage directions, and photographs of the production are noted in the following list of the plays.

Subject(s):
England--London
Theatrical producers and directors
Drama
Alexander, George, Sir, 1858-1918
Saint James' Theatre (Organization : London, England)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from George S. MacManus Co., March 18, 1983.Access
The George Alexander papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], George Alexander papers, D.178, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
Pearl Mary Teresa Richards Craigie Papers

See also: Pinero, Sir Arthur Wing. The Second Mrs. Tanqueray (London, J. Miles, 1892). This copy belonged to Sir George Alexander and contains his notes, annotations, stage directions, etc. for the first production of the play in 1893. Rare Book Department call number: PR 5182 .S44


Administrative Information
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Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Content List
Series I: Plays from known playrights
Volume 1Aide, Hamilton. Doctor Bill; a farcical comedy in three acts
Adapted from the French of Albert Carre. Bound typescript, ca 70 pages. Sketch of set design for acts I and II. George Alexander's bookplate.

Volume 2Beringer, Mrs. Oscar. The plot of his story; a play in one act
Founded on the short story by Morley Roberts. Bound typescript, 22 pages. Sketch of set design. George Alexander's bookplate. Opened at St. James's Theatre on 22 November 1900.

Volume 3Buchanan, Robert and Fred Horner. The struggle for life; modern drama in four acts
Adapted by "La Lutte pour la Vie". Bound typescript with many manuscript annotations and revisions, ca 75 pages. George Alexander's bookplate.

Volume 4Bulwer Lytton, Edward. Money
Bound printed copy of the play interleaved with pages containing numerous manuscript revisions of the dialogue, drawings of the sets, stage directions, prompts, etc., ca 100 pages. Inscribed on front fly-leaf "To George Alexander with all sweetest remembrance from James Fernandez, Drury Lane Theat, May 9/11".

Volume 5Calmour, Alfred C. The lady killer; a comedy in one act
Bound typescript, with few manuscript revisions, 21 pages. George Alexander's bookplate.

Volume 6Carton, Richard Claude. Lorrimer Sabiston--dramatist
Bound typescript with manuscript stage directions, ca 110 pages. George Alexander's bookplate. Opened at St. James's Theatre, 9 November 1909.

Volume 7Chambers, C. Haddon. The awakening
Bound typescript interleaved with blank pages; occasional revisions; ca 100 pages. Program laid in. George Alexander's bookplate. Opened at St. James's Theatre, 6 February 1901.

Volume 8Chambers, C. Haddon. The idler; a play in four acts
Typescript, ca 60 pages

Volume 9Fagan, James Bernard. Bella donna; a play in four acts
Adapted from the novel by Robert Hichens. Bound typescript with five mounted photographs of the sets, ca 120 pages. George Alexander's bookplate. Opened at St. James's Theatre, 9 December 1911.

Volume 10[Field, Julian]. Too happy by half
Bound typescript with manuscript revisions, 34 pages. Opened at St. James's Theatre, 5 January 1895. George Alexander's bookplate.

Volume 11Frith, Walter. Midsummer day; a new and original comedy in one act
Bound typescript with numerous manuscript revisions, 31 pages. Opened at St. James's Theatre, 30 March 1892. George Alexander's bookplate.

Volume 12Forbes, Athol. Lord Danby's affair; a society play
Bound typescript interleaved with blank pages; a few manuscript revisions, ca 100 pages

Volume 13Godfrey, G.W. The woman-hater
Bound typescript with numerous manuscript revisions, 22 pages

Volume 14Grundy, Sydney. A debt of honour; an original play in five acts and an epilogue
Bound typescript, with photographs of the scenery, drawings of the stage sets, manuscript corrections, printed program, 109 pages. Opened at St. James's Theatre, 1 September 1900

Volume 15Hamilton, Cosmo. The fortune of war
Bound typescript, 13 pages. George Alexander's bookplate

Volume 16Hobbes, John Oliver [Mrs. Pearl Craigie]. The ambassador; a comedy in four acts
Bound typescript, ca 100 pages. Printed program laid in. George Alexander's bookplate. Opened at St. James's Theatre, 2 June 1898

Volume 17Hobbes, John Oliver [Mrs. Pearl Craigie]. The wisdom of the wise; a comedy in three acts
Bound typescript with numerous manuscript revisions, ca 90 pages. George Alexander's bookplate

Volume 18Hope, Anthony [Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins]. Rupert of Hentzau; a play in four acts
Bound typescript, diagrams of stage settings, some manuscript revisions, ca 120 pages. Opened at St. James's Theatre 1 February 1900. George Alexander's bookplate.

Volume 19[Jones, Henry Arthur]. The ogre
Bound typescript with numerous revisions, stage directions, etc., ca 100 pages. Opened at St. James's Theatre, 11 September 1911. George Alexander's bookplate.

Volume 20[Le Marchant, P.] The turning point. English translation of the play La Flambee by Henry Hubert Alexandre Kistemaeckers
Bound typescript with two photographs of the sets, ca 110 pages. Opened at St. James's Theatre, 1 October 1912. George Alexander's bookplate

Volume 21McCarthy, Justin Huntly. The will and the way; a dialogue
Bound typescript with manuscript revisions, 20 pages. George Alexander's bookplate

Volume 22Mason, A.E.W. Open windows; a play in three acts
Bound typescript, ca 90 pages; with two photographs of the sets. George Alexander's bookplate. Opened at St. James's Theatre, 11 March 1913

Volume 23Mitchell, Langdon. In the season; a one-act play
Bound printed copy of the play as it was published in The Theatre (1 May 1893), pages 260-270; with pencilled notes. George Alexander's bookplate

Volume 24[Musset, Alfred de] Lorenzaccio. Translated from the French
Bound transcript with detailed drawings of the staging, ca 80 pages. George Alexander's bookplate

Volume 25Potter, Paul M. The conquerors; a drama in four acts
Bound typescricpt with interleaved pages; numerous manuscript stage directions and revisions, ca 100 pages. Opened at St. James's Theatre 14 April 1898. Program laid in.

Volume 26Rose, Edward. In days of old, a story of the Wars of the Roses; a romance in four acts
Bound typescripts, with a few pencilled notes regarding the music, ca 110 pages. Opened at St. James's Theatre 26 April 1899

Volume 27Rose, Edward. The prisoner of Zenda; a play in a prologue and four acts
Based on the novel by Anthony Hope [Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins]. Bound typescript, ca 120 pages, with manuscript stage directions and revisions; small mounted photographs of the cast in costume. Opened at St. James's Theatre 7 January 1896. Program laid in

Volume 28Walkes, W. R. Gentlemen Jim; dramatic sketch
Bound typescript, 15 pages; manuscript revisions in George Alexander's hand. George Alexander's bookplate

Volume 29Warden, Florence [Florence Alice Price]. Grey dawn; a play in one act
Bound typescript, 33 pages. George Alexander's bookplate

Series II: Plays from playwrights unknown
Volume 30The Grandsire
Bound typescript with numerous manuscript revisions, ca 40 pages. George Alexander's bookplate.

Volume 31The Humedens; a play in three acts
In manuscript, the title "The Divided Way" is written on the title-page. Bound manuscript with numerous revisions, 81 pages. George Alexander's bookplate

Volume 32A lesson in harmony
Bound typescript, 21 pages. George Alexander's bookplate

Volume 33Kit Marlowe
Bound typescript with manuscript revisions, 16 pages. George Alexander's bookplate

Volume 34The storm; a theme in one act
Bound typescript with manuscript revisions, 22 pages. George Alexander's bookplate



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