[ The 'Peter Pan' touring party of 1912. ] Original photograph of the '"Peter Pan" Tour 1912.' A studio photograph of 39 men, women and children, with dog, in touring party. From the collection of 'John Kelt' who played the pirate 'Noodler'.
36 x 20 cm. black and white photograph on card. In worn condition, chipped and frayed at the edges and corners, with the top edge cut away in a wavy line along the heads of the top row. The photograph derives from the collection of the painter Eric Forbes-Robertson, who acted under the name of 'John Kelt'. Forbes-Robertson has written, in the bottom left-hand corner: '"Peter Pan" Tour 1912.' A good-humoured studio photograph, with the 39 individuals arranged in four rows, with six children seated on the floor, with a trophy placed in the middle, behind them a row of adults seated on chairs, including at its centre a woman holding a dog, and behind that row two rows of standing adults. According to an online authority: 'The 1911-12 touring company of Peter Pan featured such regulars as Pauline Chase, George Shelton, William Luff, John Kelt, Violet Hollom, and James English [...], Jane Wren [...] The tour included such cities as Kennington, North London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds, and Bristol, where the company performed at the Prince’s Theatre [...] under the direction of Dion Boucicault.' A programme from the Prince's Theatre, Bristol, shows that Eric Forbes-Robertson, as 'John Kelt', performed the role of 'Noodler', one of six pirates.