Lena Ashwell

Standard Name: Ashwell, Lena


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Occupation Edith Lyttelton
Its membership included a number of prominent members of society and theatre people, among them Ellen Terry , Lena Ashwell , and Beerbohm Tree . Princess Marie Louise served as president.
Nicoll, Allardyce. English Drama, 1900-1930. Cambridge University Press.
Occupation Dodie Smith
DS secured a few unremarkable acting jobs, many of them on tour, and one of them at the recently launched Everyman Theatre in Hampstead. She was especially pleased to be invited on tour with...
Occupation Inez Bensusan
Organisers chose to present two feminist plays by men, Woman on Her Own by Eugène Brieux , translated by Charlotte Shaw (Bernard Shaw 's wife), and A Gauntlet by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson .
Hirshfield, Claire. “The Woman’s Theatre in England: 1913-1918”. Theatre History Studies, Vol.
, pp. 123-37.
Occupation Inez Bensusan
This organisation, still closely associated with the Actresses' Franchise League , was responsible for staging at least 654 performances during the First World War. Musical and variety shows were the most popular events, but IB
politics Cicely Hamilton
Theatre manager Lena Ashwell , actress Lillah McCarthy , novelist Flora Annie Steel , and journalist Evelyn Sharp were among the many who withheld their taxes.
Whitelaw, Lis. The Life and Rebellious Times of Cicely Hamilton. Women’s Press.
Textual Production Cicely Hamilton
Lena Ashwell , manager of the Kingsway, played the lead in this production. CH published Diana of Dobson's as a novel in this same year, but it did not reach print as a play until...


6 August 1914: Decima Moore, the Hon. Evelina Haverfield,...

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6 August 1914

Decima Moore , the Hon. Evelina Haverfield , Lena Ashwell , Eva Moore , and Mrs Kingsley Tarpey formed the Women's Emergency Corps , one of the first volunteer organisations created at the beginning of World War I.

From November 1914: The Actresses' Franchise League, led by Lena...

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From November 1914

The Actresses' Franchise League , led by Lena Ashwell , organised entertainment for troops, first at English army bases and later in France; these eventually became known as Concerts at the Front.

Early 1915: Lena Ashwell used her Actresses' Franchise...

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Early 1915

Lena Ashwell used her Actresses' Franchise League connections to recruit the popular farce writer, Gertrude Jennings , to write plays for Concerts at the Front.


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