THIS EVENT HAS TAKEN PLACE
An entirely new recreation for the toy theatre by Horatio Blood and friends to commemorate the bicentenary of its original production at Covent Garden. Introduced by the original theatrical print publisher William West (alias Mr David Drummond.)
A packed-to-capacity audience at the Art Workers' Guild, in London's Queen's Square, witnessed a full supporting cast of singers, led by MD., Oliver Davies, perform a reconstruction for toy theatre of one of the earliest British full-scale pantomimes, the 200-year-old Covent Garden production Harlequin and Mother Goose.
This was the Society's first Maggie Collins Lecture and was dedicated to George Speaight, a Society Vice-President and toy-theatre enthusiast, who died just before Christmas 2005 aged 91. He was one of the founding members of the Society, serving on its committee from the beginning. He was its Chairman from 1959 to 1963, Chairman of the publications committee for some years, and one of the editors of Theatre Notebook from 1969 to 1976. Acknowledged as the world authority on nineteenth-century toy theatre, he researched its history and was author, in 1945, of what is still regarded as the definitive work on the subject, Juvenile Drama, the History of the English Toy Theatre. Above all he was an inspired practitioner of the art, bringing toy theatre to life in over 70 years of memorable performances.
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