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 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 members lay a wreath there as a tribute to his achievements.