By Penny Griffin
Arthur Wing Pinero and Henry Arthur Jones verified an English drama that was once revered through different nations. They committed themselves to the reclamation of English drama from the doldrums of the past due 18th century. jointly they raised criteria within the theatre of appearing and creation, explored vital social and ethical matters, and fought a lifelong conflict with the censor, altering average perspectives of what was once appropriate within the theatre. Dr Griffin explores their lives and paintings during this vital quantity.
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It can only be assumed that his lack of tact, his irascibility and his powerful invective made him enemies who, despite his unremitting service to English drama, and his active patriotism, used their influence to see that this reward did not come his way. His disappointment was all the greater when The Silver King was requested for a Command Performance on 22 May 1914 in aid of King George's Pension Fund for actors. He was a man of imagination, great courage, high principle and indefatigable energy.
After this success, Jones continued to write, in collaboration with H. A. Herman. They wrote a 'free adaptation' from Ibsen's A Dol/'s House entitled Breaking a Butterfly, which, although barely recognisable compared with the original, received some good notices (Prince's Theatre, 3 March, 1884); and a one-act drama, Chatterton (Prince's Theatre, 22 May, 1884). Wilson Barrett played the lead in the latter play and received 'magnificent notices' for his performance, while the criticisms of the play were, with few exceptions, 'very favourable'.
The play ran for only forty-four nights, though 38 Life and Plays it was more successful on tour. Jones's first book, The Renascence of the English Drama, had been published in 1895. It was a selection from the articles, lectures and speeches that he had been producing over the previous ten years, and was a great success. Perhaps this helped to mitigate his sorrow at the failure of his next play, Michael and his Lost Angel (1896). Of all his plays, this was the one he liked best. Even at the end of his life he still felt it to be his finest work.
Arthur Wing Pinero and Henry Arthur Jones by Penny Griffin