Tree, Herbert Beerbohm, Sir, 1852-1917

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Birth 1853-12-17
Death 1917-07-02

Biographical notes:

Herbert Beerbohm Tree was an English actor-manager and writer.

From the description of Herbert Beerbohm Tree collection. [1891-1902]. (University of Victoria Libraries). WorldCat record id: 676800446

English actor-manager of the early 20th century.

From the description of Herbert D. B. Tree collection, 1891-1917. (University of California, Davis). WorldCat record id: 506484524

Herbert Beerbohm Tree was a successful actor manager, renowned for his productions of Shakespeare, while also keeping an eye of innovations in the field. He made his amateur debut as an actor in 1876, and turned professional in 1878. As well as running several theatres, he undertook many foreign tours and made a name for himself in America as well as in Britain. He founded the Academy of Dramatic Art (later to become RADA) in 1904, and was knighted in 1909. In 1882 he married Helen Maud Holt, professionally known as Mrs Beerbohm Tree and later Lady Tree, an actress who frequently was to appear on stage with him. His daughter Viola was also an actress.

From the guide to the Herbert Beerbohm Tree and Family Collection, 1806 - 1929, (V&A Department of Theatre and Performance)

English actor and manager, known for his roles in both comedy and tragedy, and for his productions of Shakespeare as realistic spectacles.

From the description of Letter, [18]75 June 2 : Bishopsgate [London, England], to [Edward] Rose, [London?]. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34364320


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