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Royal Matinee


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In the presence of Their Majesties The King and Queen
(In aid of King George's Pension Fund for Actors and Actresses), at the London Coliseum
Overture, This England by Debroy Somers
(Orchestra under the direction of Jack Frere)
Prologue, I Pagliacci from Leoncavallo's opera
Pierrot, Harlequin, and Columbine
'The Little Father of the Wilderness' by Austin Strong
Produced by Felix Aylmer
A Mammoth Dance Ensemble staged by Jack Swinburne
The nucleus of the King George's Pension Fund for Actors and Actresses was formed in 1911 when the net profits of a gala performance at His Majesty's Theatre, in celebration of the King's coronation, were deposited for the fund. Two years later it was decided to give an annual performance with an all-star cast in aid of the fund. The first of these performances was a production of Dion Boucicault's play, London Assurance, and the cast was all-star indeed, including as it did Herbert Tree, Henry Ainley, Arthur Bourchier, Godfrey Tearle, Charles Hawtrey, Irene Vanbrugh, Phyllis Neilson-Terry, and Marie Tempest.
Since then, with only an occasional year missed, productions in aid of the fund have been given annually and have included almost every type of show from Shakespeare to farce. This afternoon's performance will be given by a strong cast, and five crack troupes of dancing girls are in Jack Swinburne's ensemble.
The commentary will be given by Thomas Woodrooffe.


Unknown: Debroy Somers
Unknown: Jack Frere
Produced By: Felix Aylmer
Unknown: Jack Swinburne
Unknown: Dion Boucicault
Unknown: Herbert Tree
Unknown: Henry Ainley
Unknown: Arthur Bourchier
Unknown: Godfrey Tearle
Unknown: Charles Hawtrey
Unknown: Irene Vanbrugh
Unknown: Phyllis Neilson-Terry
Unknown: Marie Tempest.
Unknown: Jack Swinburne
Unknown: Thomas Woodrooffe.

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