- Hermann Vezin
Hermann Vezin (1829 – 1910) was an American
actor, teacher of elocutionand writer. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and educated at the University of Pennsylvania.
caption=Hermann Vezin in the title role of
W. S. Gilbert's " Dan'l Druce, Blacksmith"
Stage actor, teacher, writer
Vezin went to
York, Englandand obtained an engagement there in 1850. His London début was made at the Princess's Theatre, Londonin 1852.
Most of Vezin's acting career took place in
England. He played in "Dr. Davey" (1866); "Man o' Airlie" (1867); "Son of the Soil" (1872); "As You Like It" (1875); W. S. Gilbert's " Dan'l Druce, Blacksmith", which ran for one hundred and nineteen performances at the Haymarket Theatre(1876, also a revival in 1884); [cite book|last=Stedman|first=Jane W.|year=1996|title=W. S. Gilbert, A Classic Victorian & His Theatre|publisher=Oxford University Press|id=ISBN 0-19-816174-3 pp. 141-2] and "Olivia" (1878).
Hermann played the title role of
W. S. Gilbert's " Dan'l Druce, Blacksmith". A review of this performance in the Illustrated London Newssaid that "Mr. Vezin is probably the most intellectual of our actors, and is the very man for creating an original part, such as that of Dan'l Druce." and described one scene as "an acting hit by Mr. Hermann Vezin which literally electrified the house." [ The Illustrated London Newsof September 16, 1876, page 275, column 1.]
He was one of
W. S. Gilbert's favourite actors.cite book|last=Stedman|first=Jane W.|year=1996|title=W. S. Gilbert, A Classic Victorian & His Theatre|publisher=Oxford University Press|id=ISBN 0-19-816174-3 page 86] and, besides the aforementioned "Dan'l Druce, Blacksmith", he also starred in Gilbert's " Randall's Thumb", (1871), and played Mousta in an 1882 revival of " Broken Hearts" alongside, due to an accident incapacitating Kyrle Bellew, Gilbert himself as Florian. [cite book|last=Stedman|first=Jane W.|year=1996|title=W. S. Gilbert, A Classic Victorian & His Theatre|publisher=Oxford University Press|id=ISBN 0-19-816174-3 pp.190-191] Mary Manneringwas one of Vezin's elocution pupils.
* [http://www.bris.ac.uk/theatrecollection/vezin.html Hermann Vezin archive at the University of Bristol Theatre Collection] ,
University of Bristol
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