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Progressive Lyceum Service WILLIAM B. FEAKINS ( SUCCESSOR TO CIVIC FORUM LECTURE BUREAU ) 19 WEST 44TH STREET NEW YORK PRESENTS BEATRICE FORBES-ROBERTSON Figure IN RECITALS AND LECTURES THE DRAMA POETRY ENGLISH POLITICS WOMAN SUFFRAGE BEATRICE FORBES-ROBERTSON is the youngest professional member of the well known family of that name, which for three generations has held a distinguished place in English dramatic and literary life. Her grandfather, John Forbes-Robertson, was an art critic in London. She is the niece of Johnston Forbes-Robertson, the famous Shakespearean actor, and the daughter of Ian Forbes-Robertson, also well known to English and American theatre goers. Her maternal grandfather, Joseph Knight, F.S.A., was the editor of the London Notes and Queries and the foremost dramatic critic of his day. At the age of seventeen Miss Forbes-Robertson made her first appearance on the stage under Sir Henry Irving in a revival of Robespierre, and has since acted with Sir Herbert Tree, Sir Charles Wyndham, Sir John Hare and Sir George Alexander. She has played Ophelia, Desdemona, and other leading parts with Mr. Forbes-Robertson and Ophelia with Sir Herbert Tree. She created the part of Marian Allardyce in Pinero's Letty and played Muriel Eden in the London revival of The Gay Lord Quex. Herself also a writer, she has had two pastoral plays in verse produced in London. In the autumn of 1907 Miss Forbes-Robertson first came to America in Miss Ellen Terry's company, and returned in the two following years under the direction of Mr. Charles Frohman in The Mollusc and The Morals of Marcus. She then joined the New Theatre Company in New York for its first season, at the close of which she became, in private life, Mrs. Swinburne Hale and an American citizen. During her season at the New Theatre Miss Forbes-Robertson made a number of speeches on woman suffrage, with which she had been already identified in England as a Vice-President of the Actresses' Franchise League, and since her marriage has largely aided in the movement in many parts of the United States. During the season just ended she appeared professionally on the lecture platform under the direction of Mr. Feakins, and was heard in brilliant lectures on the drama, profusely illustrated by dramatic readings from the many plays discussed, including the work of the newest English and American schools; on English politics with special reference to the rise of modern democracy; and on woman suffrage in all its phases. She has been called back twice and even three times to cities where she has spoken during the winter, and press and public alike have responded to her eloquent appeal for a higher, more democratic and idealistic vision both in politics and art. For the season of 1912-13 Miss Forbes-Robertson has added to her subjects a recital from the poets of the present day, with a commentary on their value and meaning. In this her dramatic training and native gift for the reading of poetry will be reinforced by her wide knowledge of English literature and eloquent personality, and it is anticipated that the recital will be even more in demand than the lectures hitherto offered. Believing as she does profoundly in the necessity of poetry in the life of the nation, Miss Forbes-Robertson is herself looking forward to the opportunity of spreading the appreciation of our modern poets. Miss Forbes-Robertson will be open to engagements between September 1st, 1912 and March 1st, 1913. SUBJECTS: LITERATURE AND DRAMA OUR NEED OF THE POETS A Recital, with Commentary, from the Present Day Poets THE DRAMA AS A SOCIAL TEACHER Illustrated by Dramatic Readings THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT IN THE DRAMA Illustrated by Dramatic Readings POLITICS THE ENGLISH POLITICAL SITUATION With Special Reference to the Rise of Democracy in England WOMAN SUFFRAGE THE AWAKENING OF WOMEN OUR HELPFUL ANTI-SUFFRAGISTS WOMAN SUFFRAGE AND DEMOCRACY NEWSPAPER COMMENT April 13, 1912 Mrs. Hale has a charming personality, no less attractive than her beautiful person. Her ready grasp and knowledge of political questions in both her native and her adopted lands, with which she keeps closely in touch, gives her a broad basis of intelligence for drawing comparisons between the two. There is no woman in the country who could speak with more authority on this subject and at the same time with so much grace and facination, and those who have heard her once are invariably eager to seize a second opportunity.— Springfield 'Republican . February 21, 1912 One of the greatest charms of Miss Forbes-Robertson's address was her reading of parts of plays. At random she picked bits out of The Tempest, Macbeth and Hamlet, to show Shakespeare's unfailing comprehension of the meaning of life and his realization of the relation of man to the infinite. — St. Louis Globe . May 8, 1912 It is doubtful whether an abler political speech ever was heard in Grand Rapids than that delivered last night by Mrs. Forbes-Robertson Hale, who spoke to a crowded house in Power's theater. * * * * Thoroughly womanly, with all feminine graces of manner and presence, yet with a brain that deserves the adjective virile and with an historical and social knowledge of her subject that a man might envy, this woman in her own person proved that a woman can think a man's thoughts and be a woman still.— Editorial in Evening Press, Grand Rapids, Mich . May 9, 1912 Beatrice Forbes-Robertson, that latter-day Hypatia, distinctly beautiful, eloquent, brilliant, clever and witty.— Detroit Free Press April 12, 1912 Mrs. Forbes-Robertson Hale brings to the lecture platform unusual attractive personal qualities that are powerful aids in securing and holding the attention of the most listless and indifferent to the cause of which she is such an able exponent. She has a very musical and well trained voice. In face and figure she is especially winsome and graceful, which with her knowledge of dramatic values in pose and jesture, makes her always a very interesting and striking figure. She has the keen intellect that makes most effectual appeal to the head of those whom she wishes to convince of the truth of her assertions, while her woman's wit and pretty manner render equally telling the illustrations with which she gives point to her utterances. No one could see her and hear her without acknowledging that in allying herself with the woman's movement she had lost no feminine charm; if anything had increased it. For the modern, up to date outlook upon life and conditions with the knowledge it has brought to her has thrown into high relief the purity and truth of those womanly ideals which have been thought to be so desirable down through all the ages.— Portland, Me., Press .
|Title||Beatrice Forbes-Robertson: in recitals and lectures|
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|Personal Name Subject||Forbes-Robertson, Beatrice|
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