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FOOTLIGHT NOTES
no. 330

updated
Saturday, 10 January 2004

The Mummy and the Humming Bird,
a play in four acts by Isaac Henderson,
Empire Theatre, New York, 4 September 1902

The Mummy and the Humming Bird, New York

John Drew as Lord Lumley and Marie Derickson as Mrs Ruth Thornton
in The Mummy and the Humming Bird, Empire Theatre, New York, 4 September 1902.

'Mr. Drew's new play is the London success of last season, where [Charles] Wyndham
took the part of "Lord Lumley." As the English nobleman, forgetful of his pretty wife,
and wrapped up in science, Mr. Drew was capital; and only at the last, when the "Humming Bird,"
who is following his wife, wakes him up to realities, does he recognize
that there are other interests than science in the world.'

(photo: unknown, New York, 1902)

The Mummy and the Humming Bird was originally produced at Wyndham's Theatre, London, on 10 October 1901, when Charles Wyndham appeared as Lord Lumley and Lena Ashwell as Lady Lumley; Mrs Thornton was played by Wyndham's wife, Mary Moore. The play ran for 96 performances. For further information on Drew's New York production of The Mummy and the Humming Bird, see The Internet Broadway Database.

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