[Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.] Two items of printed ephemera relating to 1923 ?Endowment Fund? to realise ?the intentions of the Founders? regarding ?the memorial theatre, library, reading room, art gallery, and lecture hall'.

Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon; Endowment Fund appeal, 1923
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Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Neither item dated, but both from 1923, and before ?National Shakespeare Day?, 8 November 1923.
SKU: 23794

The two items of ephemera are in good condition, lightly aged. ONE: Printed advertisement for ?National Shakespeare Day Appeal / for Tribute to Shakespeare / TO ENDOW THE MEMORIAL THEATRE, LIBRARY, / READING ROOM, ART GALLERY, AND LECTURE ROOM / Erected in the Poet?s Memory in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Town of his Birth.? Titled on front cover (with black and white illustration of rural scene) ?OUR ?COMMON HERITAGE.? / THE SHAKESPEARE MEMORIAL THEATRE, / STRATFORD-UPON-AVON.? 4pp, landscape 16mo. Bifolium. Middle two pages describe ?The Appeal in Brief? in small print: ?The Hope?, ?The Measure of Realisation?, ?The Great Need?. At end: ?Will you pay tribute?? List of ?Patrons, Governors, Hon. Governors, and Life Members? on last page, with quotation from The Times, 23 April 1923. Enclosed is TWO: A ?Donation & Subscription Form? on one side of single 16mo leaf of browned paper. Headed ?NOVEMBER 8th. 1623. / Publication of the First Folio of / SHAKESPEARE?S PLAYS. / His Glorious Gift to Humanity.? The entry in the Oxford DNB for its director Bridges-Adams reminds us that 'On 6 March 1926 the Memorial Theatre was burnt down, greatly to the relief of G. B. Shaw.'