Tree, Sir Herbert Beerbohm

▪ British actor and manager
born Dec. 17, 1853, London, Eng.
died July 2, 1917, London, Eng.
 one of the great figures of the English theatre, who became the most successful actor-manager of his time. His half brother, Max Beerbohm (Beerbohm, Sir Max), received recognition as a writer and caricaturist. (See Tree reading from “Julius Caesar”—>.)

      Herbert was educated in England and Germany. Taking the stage name of Herbert Beerbohm Tree, he made his amateur debut in London in 1876 and turned professional two years later. In 1882 he married Helen Maud Holt (1863–1937), who frequently appeared on the stage with him. He was a striking success in 1884 in the role of a curate, and in 1887 he became lessee and manager of the Haymarket Theatre, which he ran with great success for 10 years.

      Tree's range of plays and parts was very wide. His Shakespearean productions (Shakespeare, William) carried on the traditions of Sir Henry Irving (Irving, Sir Henry) in stressing lavish visual displays. He proved a fine Falstaff and Malvolio, but his Hamlet was not so successful. His Svengali in Trilby was acclaimed as the best performance of the role ever seen.

      In 1897 Tree moved to Her Majesty's Theatre, which he recently had built, and there produced a repertoire ranging from poetic drama by Stephen Phillips to children's plays. His Shakespearean productions drew audiences from all over the world. Among the most remarkable were Richard II, King John, Henry VIII, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. His stage versions of Charles Dickens' works and his characterization of Fagin in Oliver Twist were considered outstanding. He was above all a romantic actor with a genius for character parts and comedy. In 1904 he founded what became the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and he was knighted in 1909.

Additional Reading
Hesketh Pearson, Beerbohm Tree: His Life and Laughter (1956, reissued 1988); Max Beerbohm (compiler), Herbert Beerbohm Tree: Some Memories of Him and of His Art, 2nd ed. (1969); and Madeleine Bingham, The Great Lover: The Life and Art of Herbert Beerbohm Tree (1978).

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