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George Benjamin Belmore 1830 – 1875

In September 1962 George Belmore started performing outside of the George Vining company again.

  • Perfection, at St. James’s Theatre in Piccadilly, London. A ‘comedietta’ and new and original drama by John Oxenford esq..
  • Where There’s a Will There’s a Way, at Royal Princess Theatre on Oxford Street. A comic drama by J. Madison Mortun Esq..
  • Time Tries All / She Would & He Wouldn’t, at Royal Princess Theatre on Oxford Street.
  • Court of King Turko the Terrible, at St. James’s Theatre.
  • Hunchback, at St. James’s Theatre. A play by Sheridan Knowles.
  • The Poor Nobleman, at St. James’s Theatre. A new serio-comic drama by Charles Selby.
  • Jacket of Blue, at Royal Princess Theatre.
  • Isle of Saint Tropez, at Royal Princess Theatre. A new drama in four acts, adapted from French.
  • Time Tries All, at Royal Princess Theatre. A comedy drama in two acts.
  1. George and Alice had their first child, George Belmore Garstin on the 20th of February. He also became an actor, and had three children with actress wife Jessie Danvers. However his life ended early at 35, in 1898.
  • Aurora Floyd, at Royal Princess Theatre, once again with George Vining. Apparently George’s performance was so remarkable that the media began to predict great things for his future career.
  • Rob Roy, at Marylebone Theatre Royal.
  • Desperado, at Royal Princess Theatre, with George Vining.
  • Court and Camp, at Royal Princess Theatre.
  • Romeo and Juliet, at Royal Princess Theatre, with George Vining.
  • Honeymoon, at Marylebone Theatre Royal. A comedy in three acts.
  • Crede, at Marylebone Theatre Royal.
  • A Return Ticket, at Marylebone Theatre Royal.
  • The Deal Boatman, at The City of London Theatre at Bishopsgate.

1864

  • The O’Flaherry’s (a version of Tom and Jerry).
  • An April Fool.
  • Where There’s a Will There’s a Way, at Royal Princess Theatre.
  • A Young Lad from the Country, at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. A new farce by John Oxenford. The Illustrated London News says of this “The rustic in question is Mr. Damon Dobbs (Mr. G. Belmore), a Devonshire boor, who gets into an omnibus affray on account of a lady, and is ill-treated by her brother, besides offending a gentleman with whom he has to transact some important business. Further blunders follow, by which he gets two lovers into trouble; but the final blunder sets all the rest right and brings the perplexed action to a satisfactory termination. The drama is full of bustle and depends on the actors, who worked hard to secure its success, and thoroughly accomplished their purpose.”
  • Isle of Saint Tropez, at Royal Princess Theatre.
  1. A second child was born, George and Alice’s first daughter, Alice Maude Belmore Garstin. She went on to have a stage career that lead her to meet actor Thomas Henry Cooper Cliffe whom she married. They went on to perform in Broadway theaters in the US, and had two daughters.
  • Hop O’My Thumb, at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.

George Benjamin Belmore

The Liverpool Mercury Newspaper on the 22nd of May 1865 published an advertisement for future performances at the Prince of Wales Theatre, with the heading ‘George Belmore is Coming’. The following plays took place there:

  • The Deal Boatman, started in May.
  • Erani or Two Kings, started in August.

Then in November, back in London:

  • Husbands Beware, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

1866

  • The Jealous Wife, at The Theatre Royal, with Wilson Barrett. Barrett later went on to become a very famous actor, playwright and theatrical company manager, touring overseas including Broadway theatres towards the end of the century, and working with several of George Belmore’s children. However at this time he was 19 years old, and had only been on stage since 1864.
  • Aurora Floyd, at Royal Princess Theatre, Oxford Street.
  • Time Works Wonders, at Sadlers Wells Theatre Royal, Islington, London.
  • The Deal Bedroom, at Sadlers Wells Theatre Royal.
  • Papilonetta, at Sadlers Wells Theatre Royal. A burlesque. In the Victorian era (1837-1901) this meant a parody of a musical performance such as an opera, mocking the original work.
  • The Golden Dustman, at Sadlers Wells Theatre Royal, and at Theatre Royal in Birmingham.
  • The Flying Scud and My Turn Next, at the opening of Holborn Theatre Royal in London. The Flying Scud is a racing drama by Mr. Boucicault, with a good dose of humour and cleverness. It ran for over 200 performances, and featured a real horse.

George Benjamin Belmore Flying Scud

1867

  • Maud’s Peril, at Holborn Theatre Royal.
  • The School for Tigers, at The Royal Adelphi Theatre on The Strand, London, with Mr. Webb’s Company.
  • Man’s Not Perfect nor Women Neither, at The Royal Adelphi Theatre.
  • Up for the Cattle, at The Royal Adelphi Theatre.
  1. This year on May 12th, William Lionel Belmore Garstin was born to George and Alice.
  • No Thoroughfare, at The Royal Adelphi Theatre.
  • The Flying Scud, at The Royal Adelphi Theatre.
  • A Day of Reckoning, at The Royal Adelphi Theatre.
  • Royal General Theatrical Fund, a benefit performance in London.
  • The Dramatic College Fete, a benefit performance at The Crystal Palace in London. This was a huge glass building on Penge Common next to Sydenham Hill, used for exhibitions. In the present day, Crystal Palace is a residential district in London that is named after this landmark, which burned down in 1936.
  • The Flying Scud and My Turn Next, performed at Sadlers Wells Theatre Royal, and The Royal Adelphi Theatre.
  • Monte Cristo, at The Royal Adelphi Theatre, with Mr. Webster’s Company.
  • The Fitzkames Benefit, a benefit performance at Drury Lane Theatre.

George Benjamin Belmore No Thoroughfare 1868  George Benjamin Belmore No Thoroughfare