The Irving Society
The Irving Society was established in 1996 to bring together individuals and organisations interested in promoting appreciation of British theatre in the age of the actor-manager Sir Henry Irving, and of his cultural and artistic contribution to the Victorian Era.
The little Somerset boy John Brodribb rose from ‘Nowhere’ to become a leading figure in the Nineteenth Century Theatre, both as Actor and Manager. As Sir Henry Irving, the first actor to be knighted, it seems fitting that his funeral was held in Westminster Abbey, and his ashes are interred there in Poet’s Corner.
Not far away, in a small garden area outside the National Portrait Gallery, behind Trafalgar Square, is a Bronze Statue of Irving, about nine feet high, by Thomas Brock. Every year, for Irving’s birthday, Irving Society members lay a wreath there as a tribute to his achievements.