Terry, Fred

Eminent late 19th-early 20th century English actor, Ellen Terry’s brother, husband of Julia Neilson

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(1863-1933) English actor and theatrical manager. Terry's sister Kate was a very successful actress until her retirement from the stage in 1867, and sister Ellen became the greatest Shakespearean actress of her time. His great nephew (Kate's grandson), Sir John Gielgud, was one of the 20th century's most respected actors. At 20, he was engaged at the Lyceum Theatre in 1884 in Henry Irving's production of “Twelfth Night”, as Sebastian to the Viola of his sister Ellen. He joined the company of Herbert Beerbohm Tree at the Haymarket Theatre, appearing in numerous productions with the company 1890-94. His roles there included John Christison in Henry Arthur Jones's “The Dancing Girl” (1891). In the cast he met Julia Neilson, whom he married later that year. In 1894, Terry and Neilson appeared together in “Shall We Forgive Her?” In late 1895, the family traveled to America to perform with John Hare's company. They played together in New York in “The Notorious Mrs. Ebbsmith” by Arthur Wing Pinero. In 1896, they returned to England, where he played at the Lyceum as Charles Surface in a revival of Sheridan's “The School for Scandal.” In 1900, with his wife, he assumed the management of the Haymarket Theatre. For the next 27 years, Terry and Neilson played together, mainly in popular romantic historical dramas, with Terry in swasbucking roles. At the Haymarket, he was particularly known for his role of Charles II in the play “Sweet Nell of Old Drury” which became one of his signature roles. They toured extensively in the Britain but had annual 6-month London seasons at the New Theatre 1905-13. During these they premiered several new plays in London, including Baroness Orczy's “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” which they adapted for the stage with J. M. Barstow (1905), with Terry creating his other signature part of Sir Percy Blakeney. Despite scathing reviews from the critics, the play was a record-breaking hit and played for 2000+ performances, then enjoying numerous revivals. In 1915, Terry and Neilson took over management of the Strand Theatre, reviving and starring in “Sweet Nell of Old Drury.” Terry was also well known on tour for his Benedick in “Much Ado” and his Charles Surface. Terry retired from the stage in 1927. SP, 5 ½ x 3 ½ b&w Histed studio of London bust postcard portrait of Terry as captioned, signed with sentiment on front. Addressed on verso and postmarked April 18 1903 from Brighton.

Condition: Very good, very slight nearly invisible bend at top right, lower right corner bend, faint silvering
Type:Photograph






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