Celebrity for the week ending
Saturday, 24 October 2009
Dorothy Green (1886-1961),
Dorothy Green at about the time she played Katharina in The Taming of the Screw
with The Fellowship of Players, at the Apollo Theatre, London,
for four performances, 26/27 September and 8/9 October 1926.
In its review of the piece, The Stage (London, 30 September 1926, p. 17d) thought Miss Green
'not so boldly termagantish as some of the Katharinas we have seen, though prancing
about the stage like a war horse snorting for new fields to conquer, [she] was especially
good in the passages where the ex-Shrew obeys her husband with regard to the sun and moon,
the old man and the supposed damsel.' Robert Loraine played Petruchio.
(photo: unknown, probably London, 1926)
Dorothy Green made her debut at the Theatre Royal, Brighton, in King Henry V on 5 August 1901, after which she gained much experience with the Ben Greet on various of his provincial tours. She afterwards had a busy career under several important managements until the 1950s. In 1938 she played Lady Catherine de Bourgh in an early BBC television production of Pride and Prejudice. According to Who's Who in the Theatre, Dorothy Green's favourite part was Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing
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© John Culme, 2009