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Theatre Royal, under the management of Messrs. Williamson, Garner & Musgrove, leasee Mr. Saml. Lazar, treasurer Mr. Geo. L. Goodman : return of the favourite comedian, Mr Bland Holt, who will have the honour of inaugurating his annual dramatic season with his own specially organised company in his latest novelty, The Ruling Passion, an entirely exciting sensational drama, full of thrilling situations. Scenery by Geo. Gordon illustrating London by daylight, gaslight and moonlight, including the perilous balloon ascent and a London street during a storm of real rain (as originally produced in the play). Saturday, May 25th, '89 will be produced for the first time in Sydney, The Ruling Passion, written by Mr James Willing
Bib ID 7128721
Format BookBook [text, sheet]
Printer 13, Bridge Street, Sydney : Marcus & Andrew, Theatrical Printers
Description [Sydney] : Theatre Royal, [1889] 
1 broadside : colour ; 91 x 29 cm 
Summary

Broadside advertising a production at the Theatre Royal, Sydney. Text in red and blue on a buff background. Title appears in large diagonal hand cut wood type at the centre. The text continues with a "list of persons represented with their characteristics and ruling passions" below. Other principal performers include: Charles Holloway, Albert Norman, Walter Howe, Wilmot Eyre, Augustus Glover, B. N. Jones, Blanche Lewis, Virginiana Vivienne, May Vivienne, Kate Bishop, Flora Anstead, Gertie Palmer, and Mrs Bland Hold. A list of the five acts and tableaus appears next, followed by a special notice (about Bland Holt's appearances and the management's policy relating to changes of bill), with pricing details and credits at the bottom edge.

Biography/History

Bland Holt, born Joseph Thomas Holt (1851-1942) was an actor, comedian, theatrical producer and entrepreneur, who was born in Norwich, England, the son of Joseph Frederick (known as Clarance) Holt (1826-1903), an English actor-manager who had a successful career on the stage in England, Australia and New Zealand. Bland went to school in Melbourne and Dunedin, and first appeared on stage at the age of 6. He became a professional actor at the age of 14, and went on to become one of the greatest producers of melodrama in Australian theatre history. Many of his plays were renowned for their spectacular effects, including (in this instance) transformation lighting (of sets designed by the scenic artist George Gordon), a rain shower on a racecourse, and a 'perilous balloon ascent' (with Kate Bishop taking off from the Crystal Palace, travelling over London, and being rescued by a fishing boat from a potential watery grave halfway across the English Channel).—Based on http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/holt-joseph-thomas-bland-3785, viewed July 2016, and newspaper reviews of the production.

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Caption title.

Library's copy is stamped: The Property of J. C. Williamson, Ltd. It was formerly catalogued at PA Broadside 61.

Related Material Ephemera (PROMPT Collection): [Holt, Bland (actor/manager) : programs and related material collected by the National Library of Australia].  Ephemera (PROMPT Collection): J.C. Williamson.  Manuscript Collection: Papers of Bland Holt, 1880-1928, MS 2244. 
Source of Acquisition Originally acquired with the Records of J. C. Williamson, 1874-1976, MS 5783. 
Subjects Holt, Bland, 1851-1942 -- Posters.  |  Theatre Royal (Castlereagh St., Sydney, N.S.W.) -- Posters.  |  J.C. Williamson (Firm) -- Posters.  |  Theatrical posters, Australian.  |  Advertising -- Performing arts -- Australia -- Posters.  |  Broadsides -- Australia.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Holt, Bland, 1851-1942, actor, producer  |  Bishop, Kate, 1848-1923, actor  |  Willing, James, 1837 or 1838-1915, author  |  Williamson, J. C. (James Cassius), 1845-1913, producer  |  Garner, Arthur, born 1851, producer  |  Musgrove, George, 1854-1916, producer  |  Gordon, George, 1839-1899, artist  |  Theatre Royal (Castlereagh St., Sydney, N.S.W.), issuing body  |  Williamson, Garner & Musgrove  |  J.C. Williamson (Firm), former owner
Also Titled

Saturday, May 25th, '89 will be produced for the first time in Sydney, The Ruling Passion, written by Mr James Willing

Ruling passion

Exhibited Library's copy exhibited: “The Sell: Australian Advertising, 1790s to 1990s”, National Library of Australia, 23 November 2016 - 25 April 2017. 

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