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; Amateur Dramatic Performance

Mr. and Mrs. Vyvian Thomas,I


Mr. and Mrs. Vyvian Thomas, I Their Theatrical Careers and Future I Intentions. AN INTERESTING INTERVIEW. I Our representative this week had an interview with Mr. and Mrs. Vyvian Thomas, the popular lessees of the Borough Theatre, and gleaned some interesting details of their theatrical career, and also information as to their future intentions. Mr. and Mrs. Vyvian Thomas hold what is probably a unique position in the theatrical profession, and their record is certainly a remarkable one. At the comparatively early age of 25 they will have toured five theatrical com- panies they are lessees of a prosperous theatre, and within the next six months they will be open- ing three new places of amusementâone in Aber- gavenny and two in the district. They will also be touring two companies during the forth- coming autumn, both of which will probably be seen at the Borough Theatre. Mrs. Vyvian Thomas, who is professionally known as Miss Yivienne Peek, commenced her stage career with Mr. F. R. Benson, after which she was with Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson in his Sliakesperian revival, then with Mr. Lewis Waller and Mrs. BandmÃ¥nll Palmer. She created the part of Solveig in the first London production of Ibsen's Peer Gynt," and played Dora Longman in John Glayde's Honour," Polly Eccles in Caste," etc. One of her greatest triumphs was as Patricia O'Brien, the title-role in The Chorus Lady," the American play which made Rose Stahl famous. She has also played the leading part in Max Pemberton's play, The House of Nightingales," Nancy Roach in The New Boy," and will be re- membered by Abergavenny theatre-goers as having played Virginia in Tantrums and Peggy (Gladys Cooper's part) in Peggy and Her Husband." Mr. Vyvian Thomas commenced his stage career at the early age of 9, and has been in the theatrical profession ever since as actor, actor manager, manager, and lessee. He has played leading parts in nearly every West-End theatre under nearly all the well-known London manage- ments, including Sir Herbert Tree, Sir George Alexander, Sir J. Forbes Robertson, Mr. Martin Harvey, Mrs. Patrick Campbell, Mr. Charles Frohman, etc., etc. His latest success was in Martin Harvey's part, the title role in The Faun." Mr. Thomas was the first boy to play the part of Little Lord Fauntleroy," which had always previously been played by a girl. He played it at Wyndham's and the Avenue Theatre in London, and afterwards all over the United Kingdom. An interesting photo- graph which Mr. Thomas showed our representa- tive, and which is now hanging in the entrance hall of the Borough Theatre, is that of Miss Phyllis Dare and himself as children when they were playing together in The Wilderness at the St. James's Theatre with Sir George Alexander. An amusing anecdote related by Mr. Thomas referred to the time when he was playing in The Merry Wives of Windsor at His Majesty's Theatre, with Sir Herbert Tree. Sir Herbert was thinking of giving a special matinee for charity, with all the parts played by children. He wished Mr. (then Master) Thomas, who was playing Robin, to play Falstaff, his own part, so, sending for the youthful actor, lie handed him a hat and the script and asked him to quote some of Falstaff's lines. Master Thomas did so, imitating Sir Herbert's tones as much as possible. When he had finished, Sir Herbert looked at him very thoughtfully and then said, in his infmitubj? manner, ":Tliat's very nice, very nice but for goodness sake don't say I speak 1ik th qt I" The extensive personal knowledge of com- panies and artistes possessed by Mr. and Mrs. Vyvian Thomas accounts for the fine produc- tions which they are able to present to Aberga- venny audiences. When asked about the future plans with regard to the Borough Theatre, Mr. Thomas replied, I am glad to say that the experimental period is nearly over. We have one or two more novelties to present, and then, I think, we shall have given the Aberga- venny public a fair idea of every kind of enter- tainment presented on every possible day. According to our present plans, we shall be open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as these seem to be more popular nights than Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and we do not think the town is large enough to support a six-nights programme. The Saturday matinee will be kept on if it proves profitable. Referring to opposition, Mr. Thomas was commendably frank. A perfectly friendly spirit exists at present," he said. We did not come into this town with the intention of usurping, but of filling, a vacant space, and so long as each one sticks to his own particular branch of the amusement-world all will be well, but should one try to encroach on the other's preserves, well, then, of course, there will be trouble. Mr. Thomas concluded by saying that he had not now the slightest doubt that the Borough Theatre would be a permanent place of amuse- ment in Abergavenny, and added, with a laugh, I think I have found what the local public want. They want to laugh, and prefer to laugh to music." +



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