Ernest Thesiger


Stage


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1920

“Sylvia’s Lovers”

Haymarket Theatre, London

April

Jacquot


Scene from “Oliver Twist”

Palace Theatre, London in aid of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children

June ?

Charlie Bates


“Venice Preserv’d; or, A Plot Discover’d”

Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London

Nov 28,30

2 perf

Renault


1920-21

“Mary Rose”

Haymarket Theatre, London

April 22, 1920 - February 26, 1921

399 perf

Cameron


1921

“The Circle”

Haymarket Theatre, London

March 3- August 6

Arnold Champion-Cheney

180 perf


“Love for Love”

Lyric Hammersmith

March 20, 22

2 perf

Tattle


“Bartholomew Fair”

New Oxford Theatre, London

June 26,27

2 perf

Bartholomew Cokes


“The Love Thief”

Comedy Theatre, London

September 6 - October 8

38 perf

Gianetto Malespini


1921-22

“Peter Pan

St. James’s Theatre, London

December 15- January 28

58 perf

Captain Hook


1922

“The Pigeon”

Court Theatre, London

February 27 - March 18

24 perf

Ferrand


“Windows”

Court Theatre, London

April 25 - May 27

39 perf

Mr. Bly


“One Touch of Art”

Palace Theatre, London

May 15

1 matinee perf

in aid of the Church of England Waifs and Strays


“The Second Mrs. Tanqueray”

The Playhouse Theatre, London

June 3 - December 1

221 perf

Sir George Orreyed



“The Jew of Malta”

Daly’s Theatre, London

November 5, 6

2 perf

Ithamore


1923

“A Little Bit of Fluff” (revival)

Ambassador’s Theatre, London

February 19- March 24

39 perf

Bertram Tully


“The Rainbow” revue

Empire Theatre, London

April 3 - June 9

117 perf

Madam Caliente and other roles


“Edward II”

Regent Theatre, London

November 18,19

2 perf

Piers Gaveston


1924

“The Painted Lady”

Everyman’s Theatre, London

January 12-19

8 perf

Professor Borradaile and Producer/Director


“The Country Wife”

Regent Theatre, Londo

February 17 - 18

Mr. Sparkish


“Saint Joan”

New Theatre, London

March 26 - October 25

244 perf

The Dauphin


“The Ware Case”

Adelphi Theatre, London

June 2

1 perf in aid of the King George Pension Fund for Actors and Actresses

Eustace Ede


“A Surplus Man”

Court Theatre, London

July 21

1 matinee perf in aid of the Disabled Soldier’s Embroidery Industry

Ninian Shelton


1925

“Saint Joan”

Regent Theatre, London

January 14- May 9

132 perf

The Dauphin


“On With The Dance”  revue

Palace Theatre, Manchester

March 17

Pavilion, London

229 perf

Violet Banks, Curate, and other roles


“Doctor Faustus”

New Oxford Theatre, London

October 25, 26

2 perf

Mephistophilis


 

1925-26

“Still Dancing” revue

Pavilion, London

November 19- February 27

Performer and dialogue producer


1926

“Cochran’s Revue of 1926”

London Pavilion

April 29 - September 4

148 perf

Performer


“Le Malade Imaginaire”

Court Theatre, London

June 27,28

2 perf

Mr. Diafoirus


“The Scarlet Lady”

Criterion Theatre, London

September 30 - December 11

84 perf

Reginald Gill


“Six Characters in Spite of Their Authors”

Globe Theatre, London

December 5

1 perf

Peters


1927

“One More River”

New Theatre, London

February

Ambrose


“Cocks and Hens”

Royalty Theatre, London

March 3-12

12 perf

Another Scholar


“Othello”

Apollo Theatre, London

April 3-4

Roderigo


“When Crummles Played”

Lyric Hammersmith

June 2 - September 10

115 perf

Master Crummles/George Barnwell


“Their Wife”

Little Theatre, London

October 3-8

8 perf

Hon. Denham Ware


“At Number Fifteen”

The Garrick Theatre, London

October 16

Director


“The Girl From Cook’s”

Gaiety Theatre, London

November 1 - 26

38 perf

Rafael Posada Mendoza


1927-1928

“Sylvia”

Vaudeville Theatre, London

December 14 - January 21

50 perf

Sir Henry Considine


1928

“A Wise Child”

Garrick Theatre, London

February 12

1 perf

Flachon


“London Pride”

Drury Lane Theatre, London

March 8

1 matinee perf in aid of the Charing Cross Hospital

Bed No. 1


“Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”

Prince of Wales Theatre, London

April 2 - May 12

Henry Spoffard


“The Scarlet Pimpernel”

Palace Theatre, London

May 14

1 matinee perf

1st Labourer


“Rule A Wife and Have A Wife”

Scala Theatre, London

June 28 - 29

2 perfs

Duke of Medina


“Excelsior”

Playhouse Theatre, London

September 5 - December 8

109 perf

Count Stanislas


1929

“Sir Nigel’s Nightmare”

10th Anniversary Celebrations of Sir Nigel Playfair’s Management

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith

January 27

George Barnwell



“The Sybarites”

Arts Theatre, London

June 1-9

9 perf

Ming Fung


“Looking At You” revue

London Pavillion

July 9

1 perf in aid of the Save the Children Fund


“Veronica; or, The Secret”

Arts Theatre, London

September 18-22

6 perf

Raphael Trew


“Fast and Loose”

Pleasure Gardens Theatre, Folkstone

Oct 21 - 27

Glasgow

Brighton

Kings Theatre, Hammersmith

November  25

Poggles

Amateur


1899

“Jim the Penman”

Avenue Theatre, London

May 18

1 matinee in aid of the funds of the Grosvenor Hospital for Women and Children


1900

“The New Sub.”

Town Hall, Maidenhead

matinee in aid of the Local War Fund for soldiers in South Africa


“The Swineherd and the Princess”

Prince of Wale’s Theatre, London

June 28

Major Domo


“A Good Woman”

Gerald


1901

“Poor Pillicoddy”

Porter Institute, Earley

1 perf on behalf of the Earley National Schools

Mr. Pillicoddy


“Forget-Me-Not”

Court Theatre, London

July 8

1 perf in aid of the St. John Ambulance men on duty at Victoria Station

Benedetto Francini


“A Pantomime Rehearsal” and “Shades of Night”

The Royal County Theatre, Reading

May 8

1 perf in aid of the Waifs and Strays Society and of erecting a reading room at Swallowfield

Sir Charles Grandison, Captain the Hon Terence Trivett


1902

“Lady Windermere’s Fan”

Lyric Theatre, London

1 perf in aid of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Cecil Graham


Royal Albert Hall

December 2

performance in aid of the Girls’ Friendly Society in South Africa


1904

“Hey-Day or the Bird and the Bow”

Vaudeville Theatre, London

July 12

in aid of the charities of St. Saviour’s, Pimlico

Jacob


1907

“Papa’s Wife”

Queen’s Theatre, London

November 28

1 matinee perf

William


1908

“The Catch of the Season”

in aid of the Kensington Hospital

Lord Dundreary

January


“The Importance of Being Earnest”

Scala Theatre, London

February

1 perf in aid of the League of Mercy



1930

“The Devil”

Arts Theatre, London

January 12, 13, February 23

3 perf

Cosmo Penny


“The White Assegai”

Playhouse Theatre, London

January 21 - February 8

23 perf

Dr. MacAndrew


“The Lion Tamer”

Gate Theatre, London

March 4 - April 17

Lord John Langdale


“Hamlet”

Haymarket Theatre, London

April 22, 25

in aid of the Actor’s Benevolent Fund, the Actors’ Orphanage Fund,

the Theatrical Ladies’ Guild, and the Denville Hall for Elderly Actors

May 19

royal command performance in aid of King George’s Pension Fund for Actors and Actresses

Osric


“Lady Windermere’s Fan”

Everyman’s Theatre, London

July 3-26

25 perf

Charles Dumby


“The Red Dog”

Streatham Hill Theatre

August 25

Septimus Seede


“At Number Fifteen”

The Players Theatre, London

November (12?) 13

Producer


“The Merchant and Venus”

Piccadilly Theatre, London

December 14

1 perf

Producer


1930-31

“A Pantomime Rehearsal”

Fortune Theatre, London

December 29 - January 21

Jack Deedes


1931

“The Dark Horse”

Grand Theatre, Blackpool,

January 26

Grand Theatre, Croydon

February 2 - 8

Rev. Timothy Quaintance


“Saint Joan” (revival)

His Majesty’s Theatre, London

April 6 - May 9

Haymarket Theatre, London

May 12- 16

48 perf

The Dauphin


“Lady Windermere’s Fan”

His Majesty’s Theatre, London

June 12

1 matinee perf in aid of Charing Cross Hospital and the Stage Guild Benevolent Fund

Charles Dumby and producer


“A Trip to Scarborough”

Malvern Festival

August 6 -20

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

August 24 - September 11

St James’s Theatre, London

September 14-19

8 perf

Lord Foppington


“Money”

Malvern Festival

August 7 -21


“Vile Bodies”

Arts Theatre, London

October 8 - 18

12 perf

Miles Malpractice


1931-1932

“The Devil Passes”

Broad St. Theatre, Philadelphia

December 25, 1931

Selwyn Theatre, New York

January 1 - March 26

96 perf

Cosmo Penny


1932

“Ralph Roister Doister”

Malvern Festival, Worcestershire

August 1 - 15

Ralph


“Tom Thumb the Great”

Malvern Festival

August 4-18

King Arthur


“London Assurance”

Malvern Festival

August 5 - 18

Dazzle


“Too True to Be Good”

Malvern Festival

August 6-20

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

August 22 - September 9

New Theatre, London

September  13-22

47 perf

The Monster


1933

“Head On Crash”

Queen’s Theatre, London

February 1-11

13 perf

Hon. Nigel Ellworth


“Conversion of St. Paul”

Malvern Festival, Worchestershire

July 24 - August 7


“Love Chase”

Malvern Festival

July 27 - August 10


“A Sleeping Clergyman”

Malvern Festival

July 29

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

August 14-26

Alhambra Theatre, Glasgow

August 28- September 2

Dr. Marshall


“Polly Hereafter”

Playhouse Theatre, London

December 5

1 matinee perf

Man


1933-34

“A Sleeping Clergyman”

Piccadilly Theatre, London

September 19 - March 24

230 perf

Dr. Marshall


1934

“The Golden Toy”

London Coliseum

February 28 - June 16

185 perf

Maireya


“A Sleeping Clergyman”

Guild Theatre, New York

October 8-November 10

Dr. Marshall


1936

Entertainment Programme of the R.M.S. Berengaria,

Cunard White Star Line

March 2


“The Emperor of Make Believe”

Westminster Theatre, London

June 3 - 20

21 perf

Hans Christian Andersen


“The Clandestine Marriage”

Malvern Festival

July 28 - August 18

Lord Ogelby


“Pygmalion”

Malvern Festival

July 30 - August 20

Henry Higgins


“Saint Joan” (revival)

Malvern Festival

July 25 - August 22

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

August 24 - September 4

The Dauphin


“The Country Wife”

Old Vic Theatre, London

October 6 - November 7

Mr. Sparkish


1937

“The Son of the Grand Eunuch”

Arts Theatre, London

January 14

Grand Prior Profundity


“Julius Caesar”

for Children’s Theatre Society

February


“Madame Bovary”

National Theatre, Washington DC

October 5

Broadhurst Theatre, New York

November 16 - December 1

Lheureux



1938

“Special Delivery”

Richmond Theatre

February


“Flood Tide”

Phoenix Theatre, London

March 23 - April 2

13 perf

Lord Milroy


“Here’s to Our Enterprise”

Henry Irving Centenary Matinee

Scenes from The Pickwick Papers 

Lyceum Theatre, London

May 23

Command performance for Queen Mary


“Geneva”

Malvern Festival

August 1


“Music at Night”

Malvern Festival

Charles Bendred


“Coronation Time at Mrs Beam’s”

Malvern Festival

Albert Shoe


“Saint Joan” (revival)

Malvern Festival

The Dauphin



1938-39

“Geneva”

Theatre Royal, Newcastle-on-Tyne

February 12

Saville Theatre, London

November 22- January 28

St. James’s Theatre, London

January 30 - May 13 

Saville Theatre

May 15 - June 17

237 perf

Sir Orpheus Midlander


1939

“Drake” pageant play

London Coliseum

March 27

matinee in aid of King George’s Pension Fund for Actors and Actresses

Padre


“Scandal in Assyria”

Globe Theatre, London

April  30

Hegai


“Old Master”

Malvern Festival

August 10

Dudley Romford-Romantyon


“Big Ben”

Malvern Festival

August 11

Frederick Hamilton


“In Good King Charles’s Golden Days”

Malvern Festival

August 12 - ?

6 perf

Mr. Rowley/Charles II


“The Unicorn From The Stars”

Chanticleer Theatre, London

December

Andrew Hearne


1940

“Divorce for Chrystabel”

Grand Theatre, Blackpool

March 30

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Palace Theatre, Manchester

October 12

Theatre Royal, Birmingham

October 23 -26

Grand Theatre, Leeds

November

Mr. Bovard


“In Good King Charles’s Golden Days”

Grand Theatre, Leeds

March

Streatham Hill Theatre, London

April 15   - ?

8 perf

New Theatre, London

May 9 - June 1

29 perf

Mr. Rowley/Charles II


“All Star Matinee”

Phoenix Theatre, London

May 24

1 perf in aid of the Anglo-French Ambulance Corps


“The Police Are Anxious”

Prince of Wales Theatre, Birmingham

July 2

Streatham Hill Theatre, London

July

?


1941

“The New Ambassadors Revue”

Ambassadors Theatre, London

July 18 - September 13

Performer, including two female roles


“Napoleon Couldn’t Do It” aka “The Devil Within”

Pavilion, Torquay

October

Lord Cornwallis


1942

“The Devil Within”

The Q Theatre, London

January 20

Lord Cornwallis


“Once There Was Music”

Q Theatre, London

March 10

Heinrich Hunlein


“Macbeth”

Piccadilly Theatre, London

July 8 - October 10

109 perf

First Witch


“The Crooked Billet”

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

November ?

Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

November 28

?


1943-44

“This Time It’s Love”

Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

July 6

King’s Theatre, Southsea

October 4

Grand Theatre, Blackpool

October 26

Comedy Theatre, London

November 24 - March 11

George Desmond replaced Thesiger in February

132 perf

Louche


1944

“Crisis in Heaven”

King’s Theatre, Glasgow

March 2

Grand Theatre, Leeds

April 5

Grand Theatre, Derby

April 10

Lyric Theatre, London

May 10 - June 10

36 perf

Voltaire


“Twelfth Night”

Open Air  Theatre, London

July 10 - 29

24 perf

Malvolio


1945


“Hamlet”

Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

February 28 - March

Polonius


“A Man About the House”

Grand Theatre, Derby

October 15

Opera House, Manchester

October

Grand Theatre, Leeds

November

Ronnie Sanctuary


1946

“A Man About the House”

New Theatre, Northampton

February 11

Piccadilly Theatre, London

February 27 - May 25

100 perf

Ronnie Sanctuary


“1066 And All That”

Palace Theatre, London

May 7

1 matinee perf in aid of the Reunion Theatre Association

Monty 


“The Cat and the Canary”

?


1947

I Killed The Count”

Combined Services Entertainment, Italy

Viscount Sorrington


“A Fish in the Family”

Boltons Theatre, London

June 3


“You Never Can Tell”

Wyndham’s Theatre, London

October 3, 1947 - April 24, 1948

Criterion Theatre, London

May 26 - June 29, 1948

Wyndham’s  Theatre, London

May 31 - July 3, 1948

312 perf

Finch McComas



1948

In Good King Charles’s Golden Days” (revival)

Royal Hall, Harrogate

July - August

New Theatre, London

September

The People’s Palace

October

Pavilion, Torquay

October 19

Royal Theatre, Brighton

November

Mr. Rowley/Charles II


1949

“Old English”

The Q Theatre, London

April

Joseph Pillin


“Shakes versus Shav”

Foley House, Malvern Festival

voice of Shaw


“In Good King Charles’s Golden Days” (revival)

Malvern Festival

Mr. Rowley/Charles II


“The Tressinghams”

Malvern Festival

August 8 - September 5

Charles Tressingham and costume design


“The Apple Cart”

Malvern Festival

Mr. Vanhattan


1949-1950

“As You Like It”

Shubert Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut

December 8,9,10 1949

Colonial Theatre, Boston

December 12 - ?, 1949

Hartman Theatre, Columbus, Ohio

December 26 - 31, 1949

Hanna Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio

January 2 - 8, 1950

Taft Theatre, Cincinnati, Ohio

January 9 - 16, 1950

Cort Theatre, New York

January 26 - June 3, 1950

145 perf

Jacques

Professional


1909

“Colonel Smith”

St. James’s Theatre, London

April ?- May 7

15 perf

James Raleigh


“Old Heidelberg”

St. James’s Theatre, London

May 24 - ?

Student


“The Little Damozel”

Wyndham’s Theatre, London

October 21

Command Performance Windsor Castle

December 3

Prince of Wales’s Theatre, London

December 27

Franz Pepo


1910

“The Parents’ Progress”

Prince of Wales’s Theatre, London

January 25 - February 12

Wyndham’s Theatre, London

February 14 - July 9

135 perf

Bert


“The Naked Truth”

Wyndham’s Theatre, London

April 14 - August 27

Prince of Wales’s Theatre, London

August 29 - September 24

167 perf

Teddie Lestrange


“The Unlucky Family”

His Majesty’s Theatre, London

July 15

1 matinee in aid of the Royal Waterloo and Infants Hospitals

Mr Higginbotham


“Nobody’s Darling”

Wyndham’s Theatre, London


1910-11

“Inconstant George”

Prince of Wales’s Theatre, London

October 1 - April 8

218 perf

Morange


1911

“The Girl with the Cash”

Kingsway Theatre, London

September 20-21

2 perf

Jeremy Deakin


“Sherbet Jones; or Who Stole the Roller Skates”

Kingsway Theatre, London

September 20 - 21

2 perf

Dr. What’s On


“Lady Windermere’s Fan”

St. James’s Theatre, London

October 14-December 1

54 perf

Charles Dumby


“Alice in Ganderland”

Lyceum Theatre, London

October 27

1 matinee perf

Mad Hatter


“Pains and Penalties: The Defense of Queen Caroline”

Savoy Theatre, London

November 26

1 perf

Lord Conyngham


1912

“A School for Life”

Court Theatre, London

March 25

1 matinee perf in aid of the Daily Graphic Free Meal Fund

Arthur Callander


“Othello”

His Majesty’s Theatre, London

April 9-May 25

43 perf

Roderigo


“Very Much Married”

Little Theatre, London

June 20

Lord Ceresby Winterport


Pioneer Players at Kings Hall of National Sporting Club


1913

“A Matter of Money”

Little Theatre, London

February 9-11

2 perf

Mr. Bentley


“Hamlet”

King’s Hall, London

March 9

Osric


“Stolen Fruit”

Tivoli Theatre, London

March 17

Bertie Lloyd


“The Seven Sisters”

Savoy Theatre, London

May 14 -31

21 perf

Baron Gida Radviany


1914

“The Joy-Ride Lady”

New Theatre, London

February 21 - May 8

Garrick Theatre, London

May 9- June 6

105 perf

Potiche


Listed as an actor in the war


1915

“Godefroi and Yolande”

Playhouse Theatre, London

May 30

1 perf

Sir Sagramour


“A Little Bit of Fluff”

West Pier, Brighton

October 11

Criterion Theatre, London

October 27, 1915 - 1918

1241 perf

Bertram Tully


1916

A Tribute to the Genius of William Shakespeare

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London

“Julius Caesar” and Pageant

May 2

Cinna the Poet and Performer


A Shakespeare Pageant 

“The Merchant of Venice” 

Covent Garden, London

July 7

1 matinee

Prince of Arragon


“Wealthy Walter George” 

Royal Botanic Gardens, Regent’s Park, London

Theatrical Garden Party

July 11

Performer


“A Quoi Revent les Jeunes Filles”

Society of French Players 

Aldwych Theatre, London

November 12

Count Irus


1917

“Chelsea on Tiptoe” Revue

Chelsea Palace theatre

March 20

Performer/Dancer in “The Sanguine Fan” ballet by Edward Elgar


“Love For Love”

Aldwych Theatre, London

April 15-16

2 mat perf

Tattle


“Grand Pantomime of Cinderella”

Endell Street Military Hospital

December

1 perf

Baroness Sunnydale


1918

“The Sneezing Charm”

Court Theatre, London

June 9

1 matinee perf

Nour-ed-Din


appears in matinee at the Shaftesburg Theatre in aid of the Queen’s Hospital

July 5


Tours military camps in France with the Lena Ashwell Players


“A Week-End”

Kingsway Theatre, London

September 18- ?

Ambrose Tibbet


“The Children’s Corner”

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London

December 8

Alhambra Theatre, London

in aid of the Douglas Day Nurseries

Boy Golliwog



1919

“St George and the Dragons”

Repertory Theatre, Birmingham

March 30

Gaiety Theatre, Manchester

June

Kingsway Theatre, London

June 11 - July 18

43 perf

Rev. St. George Loftus


“Judith”

Eastbourne

April 5

Kingsway Theatre, London

April 30 - ?

Bagoas


“The Terror of Belgrave Square”

A Gentleman


“Clothes and the Woman”

St. James’s Theatre,  London

June 30

1 matinee in aid of the Serbian Red Cross


“Callimachus”

Haymarket Theatre, London

December 7-8

2 matinee perf

St. John


1919-20

“The Merry Wives of Windsor”

Gaiety Theatre, Manchester

December 26, 1919

Duke of York’s Theatre, London

February, 1920

Slender

1950

“Shakes versus Shaw”

Halifax Playhouse

January 9

Voice of Shaw


“Always Afternoon”

Embassy Theatre, London

Garrick Theatre, London

July 25- August 26

38 perf

O.F. Phillipson



“The Saxon Saint”

at the Dunfermline Abbey, Dunfermline, Scotland

August 28

The Chronicler


1952

“Under the Sycamore Tree”

Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland

1st perf  February 18

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen

February 26

Theatre Royal, Brighton

March

Opera House, Manchester

Hippodrome, Golders Green

1st London perf  April 7 

Aldwych Theatre, London

April 23 - October 4

189 perf

Chief Statistician


1954

“Marching Song”

St Martin’s Theatre, London

April 8 - May 15

43 perf

John Cadmus


1954-55

“Simon and Laura”

1st perf Opera House,  Manchester

August 30

The King's Theatre, Edinburgh

September 20

1st London perf Hippodrome, Golders Green

November 1

The Strand Theatre, London

November 25 - February 12

Apollo Theatre, London

February 14 - May 18

210 perf

Wilson


1955-56

“Hamlet”

Oxford New Theatre

November 10

Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Art Theatre, Moscow

November

12 perf

Phoenix Theatre, London

December 8 - March 24

124 perf

Polonius


1956

“The Silver Whistle”

Duchess Theatre, London

May 1 - 12

15 perf

Mr. Beebe


1957

“The Hidden King”

Edinburgh Festival

The Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

August 20

The Cardinal of Pisa


1957-58

“The Country Wife”

National Theatre, Washington DC

November 11 - 23

Adelphi Theatre, New York

November 27- December 21

Henry Miller’s Theatre, New York

December 23 - January 4

Sir Jasper Fidget


1958

“Mary Stuart”

Edinburgh Festival

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

September 2-13

Old Vic Theatre, London

September 17 - October 4

Earl of Shrewsbury


1959

“The Edwardians”

Saville Theatre, London

October 15 - November 21

Vigeon


1960

“The Last Joke”

Opera House, Manchester

Birmingham Hippodrome

Oxford New Theatre

August

King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

September 19 and 24

Phoenix Theatre, London

September 28 - November 19

Baron Santa Clara