[ Cyril Maude, actor-manager, and his wife the actress Winifred Emery. ] Five Autograph Letters Signed and one Typed Letter Signed by him, and two Autograph Letters Signed by her, all to the journalist 'Mrs. Whitley'

Cyril Maude [ Cyril Francis Maude ] (1862-1951), English actor-manager; his wife 'Winifred Emery' [ stage name of actress Maud Isabel Emery; later Maud Isabel Maude ] (1861-1924)
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On following letterheads: four from 26 Cleveland Gardens, Lancaster Gate, W. [ London ]; two from 33 Egerton Crescent, S.W. [ London ]; one from the Playhouse, Northumberland Avenue, Charing Cross (from 1907); one from the Haymarket Theatre, London.
SKU: 18206

The eight items are in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. Maude's six letters (all signed 'Cyril Maude') total 8pp., and his wife's two (both signed 'Winifred Emery') total 3pp. In the typed letter the recipient is named as 'Mrs. Whitley, | 78 Alexandra Rd., | St. John's Wood, | N.W.' All eight items deal with interviews conducted by her with the couple. On 20 December Maude writes, 'as I told you I fear there will be nothing in particular for me to tell you, as it is very necessary for me to avoid telling anyone anything just yet awhile. However as much as I can tell you I will & of course as in 7 months my wife & I will be outcasts from our dear old theatre we shall naturally be glad that the public shall be reminded of the work done by us there on the day it reopens'. Only Maude's typed letter (from the Playhouse, Northumberland Avenue) carries the year. In a typed letter of 26 June 1907 (the only one dated in full) Maude writes: 'I am sure you will be glad to hear that the play went splendidly, and with the exception of the Morning Post and the Daily Mail we were well received by the Press'. The Haymarket letterhead is headed, in black and red: 'Mr. Cyril Maude's Company | Beauty and the Barge | and | That Brute Simmons | Direct from the New Theatre and the Haymarket Theatre, London | By arrangement with Mr. Frederick Harrison', and carries a printed list in the margin of dates and 23 provincial venues, from Sheffield to Oxford.