We are delighted to be have been invited to present Wild Laughter as part of the conference English: Shared Futures, which is set to take place at the Newcastle Civic Centre from 5-7 July 2017.
We have recently discovered from a series of fantastic reviews of the D’Oyly Carte No. 2 company’s national tour of Patience in 1883 that the North East is familiar stomping ground for Albert. Albert took the part of the fleshly poet Bunthorne, and the reviewer from the Sunderland Daily Echo praised his performance thus:
As the fleshly poet, Reginald Bunthorne, Mr. Albert James was as limp and intense as could well have been desired. The “Æsthetic Sham” was given with much humour, and for this he was encored.
What a special night it was for Albert in the Boys’ School Theatre: thanks to everyone who came out in support of our first international performance! We are especially grateful to the TCD Arts Fund, the staff of Smock Alley, Paul Sharp for his excellent photographs, and to Martin Doyle at the Irish Times. You can read more about Albert in the IThere.
Sidelong Glance is back on the boards! We are preparing to take Wild Laughter to Dublin’s beautiful Smock Alley theatre on Friday 18 November 2016, for a special one-off performance, drawing on new material to tell Albert’s story. More details to follow here soon…
A Clown of Real Life: the performance worlds of Albert James is currently on display at the English Faculty Library, Cambridge.
This exhibition showcases things that remain from the moment in cultural history to which Albert the actor belonged: programmes, photographs and scores from late nineteenth century London’s Theatreland. Accounts of Albert’s public life are complemented with more intimate records of his private life at home with family. Visitors are also introduced to Wild Laughter as we explain the process of resurrecting our great-grandfather for twenty-first century stage audiences.
We’re very grateful to the English Faculty Library for inviting us to mount this exhibition. Special thanks are due to Senior Library Assistant Geoff Shipp: not only did he offer us fantastic support as we pulled things together, but his subsequent research into the 1892 North American tour of Miss Agnes Huntington’s production of Paul Jones has revealed that Albert might well have played before US President Benjamin Harrison!
A Clown of Real Life is free and open to the public during library opening hours at 9 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP until the new year.