Sir Henry Irving
(1838-1905)

actor, impresario, and Knight Bachelor (from 1895)

Died aged c. 67

Sir Henry Irving (6 February 1838 – 13 October 1905), born John Henry Brodribb, sometimes known as J. H. Irving, was an English stage actor in the Victorian era, known as an actor-manager because he took complete responsibility (supervision of sets, lighting, direction, casting, as well as playing the leading roles) for season after season at the Lyceum Theatre, establishing himself and his company as representative of English classical theatre. In 1895 he became the first actor to be awarded a knighthood, indicating full acceptance into the higher circles of British society. Irving was one of the inspirations for Count Dracula, the title character of the 1897 novel Draculawhose author Bram Stoker was business manager of the theatre.

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Commemorated on 8 plaques

Sir Henry Irving 1838-1905 actor lived here 1872-1899

15a Grafton Street, London, United Kingdom where they lived (1872-1899)

Sir Henry Irving, actor, lived here.

Picton Street, Bristol, United Kingdom where they lived

Henry Irving was the first actor to be knighted (1895). From 1878 - 1902 he managed the Lyceum Theatre. Whilst working at the Lyceum as Irving's acting manager, Bram Stoker wrote Dracula.

The Lyceum Theatre, London, United Kingdom where they managed

Sir Henry Irving famous actor and impresario died here in the Midland Hotel, 13th October, 1905.

Cheapside, Bradford, United Kingdom where they died (1905)

Actor Henry Irving (John Henry Brodribb) 1838-1905 lived on this site 1881-1889

St Paul’s Girls School, Brook Green, W6, London, United Kingdom where they lived

Here was born Henry Irving knight actor 6th Feb 1838

Irving House, Castle Street, Keinton Mandeville, United Kingdom where they was born (1838)

Birthplace of Sir Henry Irving 1838-1905 the first actor to be knighted

Irving House, Castle Street, Keinton Mandeville, United Kingdom where they was born (1838)

Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House. This magnificent theatre opened in 1878 its transformative renovation in 2005-2008 included the creation of the Howard Assembly Room as an inspiring performance venue. Stars who have appeared here include: Henry Irving Sarah Bernhardt, Marie Lloyd, Laurence Olivier, Julie Andrews, Margot Fonteyn, Frankie Vaughan, John Tomlinson and Josephine Barstow. In 1978 it became the home of Opera North. Architects: George Corson and James Watson.

46 New Briggate LS1 6NZ, Leeds, United Kingdom where they performed