John Highfield Leigh Papers

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John Highfield Leigh papers
Creator: Leigh, J. H. (John Highfield), 1859-1934
Call Number: D.28
Dates: 1901-1904
Physical Description: 1 box
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
Collection Overview
Title: John Highfield Leigh papers
Creator: Leigh, J. H. (John Highfield), 1859-1934
Call Number: D.28
Dates: 1901-1904
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
John Highfield Leigh (1859-1934) was the son of Henry Leigh of Eccles, Lancashire, England. He was educated in Manchester and at Oxford, and was called to the bar in 1886. Leigh was interested in the theatre, and gave public readings of Shakespeare. In 1899 he bought the lease of the Prince of Wales Theatre in order to enable John Martin Harvey to continue the performance of The Only Way, which Leigh had backed. Leigh then purchased the lease of the Court Theatre in 1903, in order to put on a series of "Shakespeare Representations", beginning with The Tempest on October 26. In this production Leigh played Caliban and his wife Thyrza Norman, whom he had married in 1898, played Miranda. For the third play, Two Gentlemen of Verona, which opened April 8, 1904, Leigh secured Harley Granville-Barker to produce and act in it. For Shakespeare's birthday on April 23 a special matinee was produced, of scenes from the plays. Barker also arranged to put on matinees of Shaw's Candida, beginning April 26, while Two Gentlemen was still running. The last production at the Court was Timon of Athens, which opened May 14, with Leigh playing Timon. The 1903-04 season at the Royal Court Theatre introduced Harley Granville-Barker to Leigh's business manager, J.E. Vedrenne, and resulted in the Barker-Vedrenne Management, which produced the plays of Shaw, Euripides, Ibsen, Yeats, Barker, Maeterlinck, and many other uncommercial playwrights.

Scope and Content
The John Highfield Leigh Papers are comprised of one box consisting of letters written to J.H. Leigh and to his wife Thyrza Norman Leigh, from members of the London theatrical world, concerning casting of parts, offering congratulations on the productions, asking for seats and discussing business matters.

Subject(s):
England
Actors
Theater
Correspondence
Leigh, J. H. (John Highfield), 1859-1934
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was purchased February 21, 1955. Further accruals are not expected.Access
The John Highfield Leigh 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], John Highfield Leigh papers, D.28, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
Purdom -- Harley Granville Barker

Obituary of J.H. Leigh. Times (London) March 3, 1934.

Who's Who in the Theatre. Obituary Section.

Other collections in the Department of Rare Books & Special Collections relating to the Papers are: Dame Irene Vanbrugh Papers .


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence, 1901-1902
Freeman Crafts Wills to John Highfield Leigh, July 26, 1901
Lily Brayton to John Highfield Leigh, July 3, 1902
Alfred Cecil Calmour to John Highfield Leigh, July 5, 1902
York Stephens to John Highfield Leigh, October 6, 1902
Athol Steward to Thyrza (Norman) Leigh, December 31, 1902
Box 1, Folder 2Correspondence, January-July 1903
Sir John Martin Harvey to John Highfield Leigh, April 26, 1903
Osman Edwards to John Highfield Leigh, May 16, 1903
William Archer to John Highfield Leigh, May 22, 1903
Frank Curzon to Thyrza (Norman) Leigh and John Highfield Leigh, May 25, 1903
Gerald Lawrence, Fay Davis to John Highfield Leigh and Thyrza (Norman) Leigh, May 25, 1903
Henrietta Eliza Vaughan Stannard and Arthur Stannard to John Highfield Leigh, May 1903
Hugh de Twenebrokes Glazebrook to John Highfield Leigh and Thyrza (Norman) Leigh, June 4, 1903
Roy Horniman to Thyrza (Norman) Leigh, June 8, 1903
Austin Brereton to John Highfield Leigh, June 18, 1903
Ernest Walker (1870-1949), english musician, to John Highfield Leigh, July 1, 1903
Box 1, Folder 3Correspondence, October-December 1903
Florrence Glossop-Harris to John Highfield Leigh, October 1, 1903
Harry Potts to John Highfield Leigh, October 15, 1903
Mary [Crowninshield] (E[ndicott]) Chamberlain to Charles Oram Lander, November 5, 1903
Michael Sherbrooke to John Highfield Leigh, November 16, 1903
John Copeland Buckstone to John Highfield Leigh, November 26, 1903
Sir Herbert Barbonne Tree to John Highfield Leigh, November 28, 1903
Albert Edwin Drinkwater to Thyrza (Norman) Leigh, December 3, 1903
Dame Lillian Braithwaite to John Highfield Leigh, December 10, 1903
J. Meredith Ball to John Highfield Leigh, December 14, 1903
Alfred Brydone to John Highfield Leigh, December 14, 1903
J. Meredith Ball to John Highfield Leigh, December 19, 1903
Frances Wetherall to John Highfield Leigh, 1903
Box 1, Folder 4Correspondence, January-May 1904
Kate Bateman to John Highfield Leigh, January 9, 1904
Herbert Thomas to John Highfield Leigh, January 10, 1904
Henry Hamilton to John Highfield Leigh, January 11, 1904
Frederick Kerr to John Highfield Leigh, February 6, 1904
Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson to John Highfield Leigh, March 1, 1904
Frank Kemble Cooper to John Highfield Leigh, March 5, [1904]
William Edward Ashcroft to John Highfield Leigh, March 11, 1904
Charles Rock to John Highfield Leigh, April 7, 1904
James Churton Collins to John Highfield Leigh, May 10, [1904]
Dame Irene Vanbrugh to John Highfield Leigh, May 19, 1904
Box 1, Folder 5Correspondence, June-November 1904
Herbert Hardinge to John Highfield Leigh, June 4, [1904]
Laurence Irving to John Highfield Leigh, [June] [1904]
Holbrook Blinn to John Highfield Leigh, July 29, 1904
H. Cooper Cliffe to John Highfield Leigh, October 10, [19]04
Gilbert [Hure] to John Highfield Leigh, October 25, 1904
H[ermann] Vezin to John Highfield Leigh, November 12, 1904
Harcourt Williams to John Highfield Leigh, 1904
Box 1, Folder 6Undated correspondence
William Davenport Adams to John Highfield Leigh
Holbrook Blinn to John Highfield Leigh, February 2., n.y.
Walter Weedon Grossmith to John Highfield Leigh
Eweretta Lawrence to Thyrza (Norman) Leigh
Sir Niget Playfair to John Highfield Leigh
Herbersleath to John Highfield Leigh
Box 1, Folder 7Undated and unidentified correspondence


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