Posted on 02/05/2012
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Matinee for the "Titanic" Disaster Fund,
One hundred years ago this month, on 14 May 1912, the theatrical community joined forces for a special matinee at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to raise money for the “Titanic” Disaster Fund, only a month after the sinking of the ship. This image is from the front cover of a rare souvenir programme, illustrated by Charles Buchel, which can be found in the Roy Waters Theatre Collection. The event itself featured performances from notable actors and dancers such as Sarah Bernhardt, Anna Pavlova and Herbert Beerbohm Tree.
The programme also contains the first published appearance of Thomas Hardy’s ‘The Convergence of the Twain’ which was ‘improvised on the loss of “The Titanic”’, dated April 1912:
And as the smart ship grew
In stature, grace, and hue,
In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too.
From ‘The Convergence of the Twain’ by Thomas Hardy
Adele Allen, Special Collections Archivist (Roy Waters Theatre Collection)