The Adelphi Theatre is a 1500-seat theatre located on The Strand in the West End of London. It was founded in 1806 as the Sans Pareil (= Peerless). In 1819 it took on its present name from the Adelphi Buildings opposite. Actor William Terriss was stabbed to death in the theatre in 1897, and it is said that his ghost haunts the place. Terriss's daughter Ellaline and her husband Seymour Hicks managed the Adelphi for some years. It was bought in 1993 by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Adelaide Ristori (1822 - 1906), often referred to as the Marquise, was a distinguished Italian tragedienne. Her famous roles included Mary Stuart, Myrrha, Medea, Phaedra, Lady Macbeth, and Queen Elizabeth. The daughter of strolling players, she started on the stage as a child, and became quite famous in Italy. In 1855, she moved to France, and stirred great passions as a rival to the French actress Rachel; playgoers fought at gallery doors over the merits of their respective favourites. In 1856, she started a European tour including London, Madrid (and I presume Vienna). In 1866 she paid the first of four visits to the USA. She retired from professional life in 1885. This is an autographed card; such cards were sometimes handed out in the theater lobby to adoring fans after a performance.
The play is 'Leah the Forsaken' (1863) by Augustin Daly, loosely translated and adapted from the German drama 'Deborah' by Salomon Hermann von Mosenthal. It takes place in 17c. Germany, and deals with the love of the Jewess Leah (Kate Bateman) for a young Christian farmer, Rudolf (Edwin Adams). The play gave Daly his first success and started him on a distinguished career. It also gave Kate Bateman her signature role.
In the Bible, Leah and Rachel were sisters, daughters of Laban, and wives of Jacob (Rachel being the favorite). Their story is told in Genesis 29-35.
Every word is so deep, Leopold.
Poor papa! Poor man! I'm glad I didn't go into the room to look at his face. That day! O dear! O dear! Ffoo! Well, perhaps it was the best for him." (U5.203)
He came nearer and heard a crunching of gilded oats, the gently champing teeth. Their full buck eyes regarded him as he went by, amid the sweet oaten reek of horsepiss. Their Eldorado. Poor jugginses!" (U5.210)
He drew the letter from his pocket and folded it into the newspaper he carried. Might just walk into her here. The lane is safer." (U5.215)
La ci darem la mano
La la lala la la." (U5.223)
From the back of this card:
This is the perfume jar of the flower garden, a single plant in bloom filling the whole atmosphere around it with its delicate fragrance.
It is a well know, hardy annual about 1 foot high, producing its flowers on spikes from 3 to 6 inches long.
It is one of the most popular annuals grown. No garden should be without it.
If sown at intervals during spring and early summer, it will be in constant bloom till killed by frost.'
I got your last letter to me and thank you very much for it. I am sorry you did not like my last letter. Why did you enclose the stamps?" (U5.241)