The play was acted this year on Dec, 18, 18 [sic, 19?], 20, with great success.
On the second night Lord Devon, Sir Robert Phillimore, Canon Farrar, Lords Justices Hannen, Denman, Thesiger, Sir Robert Baggallay, the Master of the Rolls, etc., were among the audience. On the third night the Dean, Canon Duckwood, etc., & Sir Robert Phillimore again, were present.
The Prologue and Epilogue were well received – The former treated of the doings of the School, & the illustrious Westminsters who have died, in the last two years, & upon the subject of the removal of the School. The Epilogue dealt in an amusing manner with the question, mooted some time since, of a Professorship of Research. The acting was very fair all round, through there was none particularly excellent. Robinson, as Syrus, was perhaps the best, & the characters of Demes (T.F.F. Williams) & Sostrata ( C.W. Tepper) were well sustained. The comedy of Colby as Sannio was amusing & much appreciated.
The play this year will be the Adelphi. The play nights are Dec. 13, 18, 20.
William G Bell
During last holidays we were all startled by the news that the captain H. K. Rogers has committed suicide, No reason for his doing so seems to be forthcoming and I think that we are fully justified in believing that it was the result of an accident. Scott and Ingram seized upon it as an excuse for putting off the play for this year though the real reason of their doing so was that, not knowing of any good actors amongst the present upper election, they funked the trouble of coaching them. However we might very well here quote the proverb “Procrastinations in the thief of time” as next year their trouble will be doubled both Seniors and Third Elections being new to it. J.A. Turner takes Rogers’ place as captain.
The Play acted this year was the Andria. The nights were Wednesday, Monday and Wednesday instead of Thursdays, Tuesday and Thursday.
The acting was fair, though perhaps not quite up to the average.
The characters were –
Simo – J.A. Turner
Sosia – H.R.K. Rogers
Davus – E.W. Courtenay
Mysis – G.A. Bolton
Pamphilus – E.H. Alington
Charinus – R.D. Brinton
Byrrhia – F.D. Crowdy
Lesbia – C.B. Vyvyan
Chremes – C.A. Jones
Crito – R.F. Macmillan
Drimo – R.H. Godfrey
Servi Simonis ___ E.A Bulkley
Among the spectators on the second night were Sir Robert Phillimore, the Lord Chief Justice, the Home Secretary, Lord Grosnevor.
Among the spectators on the third night were the Bishops of London & Exeter, Lord Devon, Baron Cleasby, Dr Currey.
The Epilogue represented a Cabinet Council and the ministers sitting round a table with a green cloth.
P (Prime Minister) – E.H. Alington
A – G.A. Bolton
B – J.A. Turner
C – C.B. Vyvyan
D – R.F. McMillan
E – F.W. Courtnay
L.S. Bristowe P.O
The play was the Trinummus of Plautus. The assembly was as usual very choice. Sis. R. Phillimore. Hon G. Ward Hunt. Rev. H. L. Thompson.
Cowell as the Sycophanta & Brickdale as Stasimus were particularly good.
The Epilogue was one of the best that has been delivered at Westminster for many years.
The characters were. Stasimus Brickdale. Charmides. Ryde W.C. Sycophanta Cowell. Luxuria. E.H Allington. Inopia R.W. Mead. Megaronides McNamara. Callides Arnold (Capt. School). XX Webb. Philto Whitehead. Lesbonicas Hill. G.M.
The Play went off very this year; since last year completely new Auditorium has been provided, & the stage has been renovated. All the T.B’s in the “God’s” may sit down, which is undeniably a great improvement. The part of Phormio was excellently acted by C. F. Brickdale; the acting of G. M. Hill & others was also praiseworthy. The Epilogue was very good & caused much amusement. There were happily, no T.B. & QS rows this time.
Egerton G B Phillimore. P.O.
In consequence of the illness of the Prince of Wales the ‘First Play’ was postponed till the last Tuesday of the term, consequently there were only two instead of three nights. The ‘Andria’ was acted.
The play this year was the Trinummus of Plautus, which was very well acted by the QSS; Rawson as Lysiteles, May as Lesbonicus & Sharpe as the Sycophant being especially good: there was a very good attendance on all three nights, and the cap was proved to be a very fair one.
The Q. S.s performed the play of Phormio this Christmas: the chief characters were played by Haden who represented Demipho, O’Brien to whom the part of Geta was entrusted, Northcote being Phormio. It passed off very successfully; the acting of Northcote in particular being of the most admirable description. There was a very large attendance on all three night, and the cap was better than average.
The Queen Scholars this year performed the Adelphi of Terence remarkably well. Bray, as OEschinus, Giles as Syrus, and Lefroy, as Demea being especially good. Prince Arthur attended the third representation, which was the best.