[Lyric Theatre, London: First World War benefit concert.] Programme for 'Ellen Terry's Bouquet', 'In Aid of the Concerts at the Front'. Containing 'Letter from the Commander-in-Chief', Douglas Haig.

Lena Ashwell; Concerts at the Front; Lyric Theatre, London; Dame Ellen Terry; Lilian Braithwaite; Dorothy Moulton; E. V. Lucas; Harry Grattan; Howard Carr; Frederick Rosse; Douglas Haig
Publication details: 
Lyric Theatre, London ('Organised by Miss Lena Ashwell in conjunction with the Ladies' Auxiliary Committee of the Y.M.C.A.'), on 29 June 1917. [Slug: 'LONDON: FINDEN BROWN AND CO. LTD., 15, CRAVEN STREET, STRAND'.]
SKU: 21405

11 + [1]pp, 4to. Stitched with pink thread and unbound. In fair condition, lightly aged. Nicely printed on laid paper, with cover illustration in black and green of view from back of stage of dancer receiving a bouquet from an audience. The second page gives details of the performance, with a list of the names of the 'Executive Committee'. The programme is on pp.3-11. Divided into 16 numbers. After five songs, the main feature (numbers 6-15 pp.4-8) is 'Chelsea on Tiptoe | New Version', with 'A Prologue | Written specially for “Ellen Terry's Bouquet” | By E. V. Lucas | In which the Queen of the Stage, persuaded by representatives of the Third Generation, will give revue a new character | Compère . . . Teddy Craig | Commère . . . Nelly Craig | and | Gran'mère . . . Miss Ellen Terry | Scene: The Lyric Theatre' (includes 'The Junior Phantom Club' by Monckton Hoffe and '”Augustus John” | Sung by Miss Joan Emney | Words by Captain Harry Graham | Music by H. Fraser-Simson'). The final piece (pp.9-11) is 'A Swinburne Ballet | “Before Dawn” | Arranged by Madame Seraphine Astafieva (Première Danseuse du Theatre Imperial, Petrograd) | Composed by Norman O'Neill | The Story by Monckton Hoffe | Music by Norman O'Neill | Scenery and Costumes designed by George Sheringham | Producer, Norman Page.' The back cover carries 'A Letter from the Commander-in-Chief.', 'D. Haig', written from General Headquarters, British Armies in France, 22 June 1917: 'The “Concerts at the Front,” organised by Miss Lena Ashwell, have been a source of endless pleasure and relaxation for many thousands of soldiers. I am personally very grateful for the untiring efforts of those who have contributed to make them such a success, and I know that I am only voicing the opinion of all ranks of the Army in France in wishing that your Matinée may meet with a most generous response, so that your scheme may not collapse through lack of funds.' At foot of page: 'Donations most gratefully received at 101, New Bond Street, W.' No copy in the Imperial War Museum. The only other copy traced is in the Edward Anthony Craig collection of Ellen Terry letters and memorabilia 1917-1936, at the Folger.