Henry Irving - The Knight from Nowhere

by Salisbury Playhouse and the Maskers

Devised and directed by Knight Mantell

Presented at the

Turner Sims Concert Hall


27th April 1975

Performed by:
Knight Mantell
Henry Irving

With Roger Clissold & Sonia Woolley

An extract from Maskers newsletter March 1975:

"THE KNIGHT FROM NOWHERE" On Sunday 27th April in The Turner Sims Concert Hall at The University, The Maskers will be impresarioing a presentation in aid of The Salisbury Playhouse Appeal. Knight Mantell (with Roger Clissold and Sonia Woolley from Salisbury Playhouse) will present his famous 'one-man' show on the life and work of Sir Henry Irving. This show is being provided FREE by Mr. Mantell and The Playhouse to help our "green Room" efforts.

The Committee of The Turner Sims Concert Hall have paid us a compliment in allowing us to, have the Hall....the only 'drama' event ever to use this 'music' hall!

Advance booking is now open for tickets at 50p, through The Huffield Theatre Box Office. Public Booking opens on 14th April.

The programme includes extracts from the following Dramatic Works:

  • The Dream Of Eugene Aram by Thomas Hood
  • Jingle by Charles Dickens
  • The Bells by H.M. Erckmann-Chatrian
  • Henry Viii by William Shakespeare
  • Olivia by W.G. Wills
  • Becket by Alfred Tennyson

Knight Mantell

After leaving Manchester University with an Honours Degree in Drama, he joined the Liverpool Playhouse Company to play Gary Essendine and other leading roles. He came next to Salisbury Playhouse for two seasons, during which his interest in the Victorian Theatre led to the writing, and first performance of The Knight from Nowhere. His supporting players on that occasion were Roger Hume and Sonia Woolley, of whom the latter has appeared in the majority of the performances of the entertainment which Knight Mantell has given in many parts of this country. Knight Mantell is currently appearing with Sir Alec Guinness and Margaret Leighton in A Family and It’s Fortune, which has just opened at The Apollo Theatre.


The Other Players

Roger Clissold is Director of Productions of the Salisbury Playhouse. There his production of Peter King’s All Together Now is the current attraction. His wife, Sonia Woolley, appears with the Company at regular intervals, and was last seen as The Mother in Equus. They have a son and a daughter, whose Godfather is Knight Mantell.


The Salisbury Playhouse And The Maskers

This performance is being given in aid of the New Salisbury Playhouse Appeal and is presented as part of a local campaign by The Maskers to raise £2,500 for a Green Room in the new theatre. The next event in this campaign is The Merry Wives of Windsor to be presented by The Maskers at Salisbury Playhouse on Sunday 11th May, 1975


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