The Irving Society

Established 1996

Patron: Ellen Terry Craig

Founder Patron: Sir John Gielgud OM CH
Late Patrons: John H B Irving, Sir Donald Sinden CBE FRSA

The Irving Society was established to foster interest in the actor-manager Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905) and in Victorian theatre history more broadly.

The 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 that his ashes are interred there in Poets’ Corner. Not far away, in a small garden outside the National Portrait Gallery, is a bronze statue of Irving by Thomas Brock. Each year on the Sunday closest to his birthday (6 February), members of the Irving Society lay a wreath there as a tribute to his achievements.

The Society publishes a twice-yearly journal, First Knight, and a quarterly newsletter, The Irvingite. It arranges lectures and exhibitions and endeavours to safeguard material and places associated with the actor and his circle.

Due 1 April each year

UK memberships
Regular: £25  /  Student (ID required): £12.50

Overseas memberships
Regular: £35  /  Student (ID required): £17.50
(The higher rate covers our costs for mailing our journal ‘First Knight’
to international addresses twice a year.)

Contact us to learn more about becoming a member of the Irving Society.

'The Irvingite' Newsletter