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Sir John Martin Harvey papers

Identifier: COU:4373

Scope and Contents

Sir John Martin Harvey Papers contain the following material: 1. Freeman Wills. A collection of material relating to The only way, adapted from Charles Dickens’ A tale of two cities, originally produced by Sir John Martin Harvey at the Lyceum in 1899. Letters. Holograph drafts of Saint Guillotine and typescripts. 1a. Freeman Wills. A collection of material relating to the only way … One original watercolor drawing by Hawes Craven, designer of the 1899 production. Photographs of Lady Martin-Harvey, of the Tribunal scene, and of Martin Harvey as Sydney Carton. And scenes from Harvey’s production of The Only Way, etc.. 1b. Music for The only way production. 1 full score. 10 part scores. 2. The Silence of Den Maitland, a play adapted from Maxwell Gray’s novel, with the authoress’ (Mary Gleed Tuttieitt) collaboration. Holograph drafts of the Silence of Dean Maitland. 3 typescripts of The Silence of Dean Maitland. 3. C.E. Openshaw and Ethel Dickens. The Scapegoat, based on Charles Dicken’s Great Expectation. 3 typescripts. 3a. Music for The Scapegoat production. Original manuscript score, unbound. 4. Freeman Wills. Autographed letter signed to Martin Harvey, Feb. 13, 1906. Presented with William Gorman Wills’ play St. Cyr or “Nino.” [PR5834 W8S3]. 5. [Everyman]. Via cruces (The way of the Cross) a morality play on “The death of a rich man.” Rewritten by Hugo von Hofmannstahl. [Adaptation in English by Hon. Sybil Amherst and Dr. C.E. Wheeler. n.p.: 1923]. One page holograph letter from Martin Harvey from Blackpool, April 19, 1923.


  • Creation: 1899 - 1906

Biographical / Historical

Sir John Martin Harvey (1863-1944) born in Essex, found passion for acting at a young age. In 1882, Martin Harvey joined Sir Henry Irving's Lyceum Theatre company, where he gained lead roles for multiple plays that toured around Great Britain and North America. After gaining his stardome, Martin Harvey was knighted in 1921. He passed in his home at the age of 80, in 1944.


6 linear feet (4 Boxes)

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The Sir John Martin Harvey Papers contains documents, photographs, origial drawings, music scores, typescripts and the correspondence of Martin Harvey and his profession as an English stage actor.

Custodial History

MS 119

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