'The Merchant Of Venice'


Midland Railway Institute


8th - 10th February 1912


Victor Vaughan & Charles Sherwin

The British Empire Shakespeare Society (Derby Branch), as we were known at the time, performed 'The Merchant Of Venice' for the first time in its history in February 1912.

This was only the second production of a full play that the society had staged, the first being 'The Tempest' in 1909 and other productions prior to 1912 being selections of scenes rather than full plays.

It included music for the song 'Tell Me Where Is Fancy Bred', composed by B. Lütgen and performed by Mrs. Arnold Bemrose's Band.


Producers - Mr. V. Vaughan & Mr. C. B. Sherwin
Costumes - B. J. Simmonds & Co. Of London
Make-up - Mr. S. P. Drew
Musical Selections - Mrs. Arnold Bemrose's Band


Duke Of Venice - Mr. A. E. Goodey
Antonio - Mr. H. Wilkes
Bassanio - Mr. A. G. Revill
Gratiano - Mr. R. S. Whitehead
Solanio - Mr. C. B. Sherwin
Salarino - Mr. D. Campbell
Lorenzo - Mr. E. D. Marsden
Shylock - Mr. J. Clayton
Tubal - Mr. A. Riley
Prince Of Morocco - Mr. A. E. Goodey
Launcelot Gobbo - Mr. V. Vaughan
Old Gobbo - Mr. A. Riley
Stephano - Mr. F. D. Norton
Balthazar - Miss Margaret Walton
Gaoler - Mr. A. Sherwin
Jessica - Miss Elsie Bennett
Nerissa - Mrs. H. Wilkes
Portia - Miss Betty Henderson