Centenary Events



The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Irving exhibition A Life on Stage opens 29 Nov – 12 Mar 2006. The Museum’s collection of some 1,000 items of Irvingiana has now been inventoried.


Canterbury City are restoring the four figurines on the Marlowe Memorial, one of which is H.I. as Tamberlaine (see article by Alan Stockwell in FK June 2004 pp23-28).


10th September

National Portrait Gallery, Room 28

Opening of Sir Henry Irving: A Centenary Display. Includes: Millais portrait. Closes 31 Jan 2006.

11th October

Theatre Museum, Covent Garden

Sir Henry Irving – 100 Years On Opening of foyer exhibition.

Closes 26 Feb 2006.

The Bells, The Bells! This children’s event runs until 4 December. Relive the experience of Irving’s spectacular melodrama in the audience or as an actor taking part in costume with the help of expert animators.

For details call 020 7943 4700 Mon-Fri10.00am-5.00pm.

Family Records Centre, Islington

2.00pm Talk by our Chair, Frances Hughes: The Knight from Nowhere—An Overview of the Life of Henry Irving.

5.00pm Exhibition entitled First Knight at the Theatre to be opened by John H. B. Irving. Introduced by Sir Donald Sinden CBE. Curator: Cecelia K. Doidge-Ripper. Admission to the opening by invitation only.

Closes 31 December.

18th October

Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, WC1

6.00pm Launch of Prof Jeffrey Richards’ latest book Henry Irving: a Victorian Actor and his World.

Admission by invitation.

7.30pm Henry Irving’s Acting: Hell’s Bells and a Cluster of Clergy. Talk by Prof Michael Booth, University of Victoria. Chaired by Prof Richards.

Open to members of the Irving Soc and the STR.

20th October

2.05pm Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey

Ceremony of Remembrance.


7.00pm Ondaatje Wing Theatre, National Portrait

Gallery, Trafalgar Square

Henry Irving and the Victorian Theatre An hour-long entertainment written by Nicola Lyon and directed by Patrick Garland. With Roger Braban, Richard Briers CBE, Rowland Davies, Sir Donald Sinden CBE, and Penelope Wilton. A Garrick Club event.

Tickets £5 (£3 concs) available from 020 7306 0055 (ask for conferences/bookings) or from ticket office in main hall.

30th October

Theatre Museum, Covent Garden

11.00am-4.30pm Gordon Craig & Henry Irving.
Talk and workshop by Harvey Grossman.

Bookings 020 79434750. £10 (£7 concs).

15th December

Ondaatje Wing Theatre, NPG

1.30pm Talk by Frances Hughes, Irving Society Chair


First Knight: Henry Irving 1838-1905, an exhibition now showing in the Benson Room of the Swan Theatre celebrating Irving as Shakespearean. The Henry Irving Foundation is a co-sponsor with the Society.

Opening hours: Weekdays 1.30pm-6.30pm, Sat 10.30am-5.30pm, Sun 11.30-4.30. Non-members £2 (concs. £1.50).

Admission is free to members on production of your card.

Closes 5 November.

Also currently open is a small exhibition of Irvingiana at The Shakespeare Centre.

22 October

The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street,

9.30am-4.30pm Irving Study Day.
Talks by Frances Hughes (Irving Society Chair), Marian J. Pringle, Prof Russell Jackson, and Prof Peter Thomson.

Fee £25 (£23 concs.) but £22.50 for Society members.

For details/booking form contact the Hon Sec or phone

01789 201805. Or email: education1@shakespeare.org.uk.