0Tuesday. 27th June [1893]—1 Queen Anne Street
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27 June 1893 — 1 Queen Anne Street
Tuesday. 27th June [1893]. I made my first outing since coming to London– Sir Henry Thompson, Maria Du Cane & I went to Daly’s Theatre to see the “Taming of the Shrew” acted by Miss Rehan. It was the first night of the new American theatre just built by Daly. We dined at 7. Henry dined at The Club & took the chair. In the middle of dinner Sir Henry found he had forgotten our tickets & went off to fetch them. He was only 6 minutes gone– He lives in Wimpole St 35 & went & came in a hansom– The theatre is very smart & tastefully decorated tho’ somewhat heavy. It was quite full. I saw there Lady Jeune—Mr & Mrs Eric Barrington, Lady Muncaster, Mr Bayard American Minister, Mr Justice & Lady Barnes & there were many members of the Press. When the curtain rose the whole company of actors was discovered in modern dress & then appeared Ada Rehan in white satin & declaimed some appropriate verses after which God save the Queen & The Star spangled banner were sung while the audience stood up. Then began the play given entire with the Induction. Miss Rehan took a different view of “Katherine” than the usual one. She ranted & raved & flew about the stage like one demented. Mr Clark did Petruchio well & the mise en scene was good. After the play Mr Daly came forward & made a neat little speech & then the personal friends went behind the stage to congratulate the actors & the Dalys– Champagne & refreshments were offered & after a short talk people went home. Miss Ada Rehan took us 3 to her dressing room to see the Bulldog given her by Sir Henry Thompson—& then we also left!

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