A diabolical pact, Dracula and other devils

John Rylands Library Special Collections Blog

This month we are delighted to focus on all that is spooky, macabre and gothic in the John Rylands Library collections.

A rather exciting recent addition to the Rylands Collection in LUNA is English MS 1333, the prompt book for Henry Irving’s 1885 production of William Gorman Wills’s Faust.  Irving starred as the devil Mephistopheles in a number of productions of Faust throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.  This copy, prepared by the Lyceum’s prompter, James H. Allen, in 1894, records amendments to the text, from the original 1885 production to the revivals in 1894 and 1902, as well as cues inserted by Allen.  Many printed lines of Wills’s verse have been excised and new verse speeches have been inserted by several hands including Irving’s and Allen’s.  A supporting illustrated souvenir guide to the 1894 revival housed alongside English MS 1333 by Joseph Hatton is also…

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