16 boxes (16 linear feet).
The collection consists of playbills, newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, videos (VHS, DVD, PAL), CDs, books, scores and supporting documents related to the career of Gertrude Lawrence. The collection includes Eventide Arts Festival posters, programs and flyers for "G" (a tribute to Gertrude Lawrence) performed in 2002 and 2003 on the Gertrude Lawrence stage at the Dennis Union Church.
Gertrude Lawrence was born Gertrud [sic] Alexandra Dagmar Lawrence Klasen in London, England on July 4, 1898. As Gertrude Lawrence she became one of the most famous actresses of the musical theater during the first half of the twentieth century. The actress came to Cape Cod in 1936 to star in the Cape Playhouse production of "Skylark!". She and the manager of the Playhouse, Richard Aldrich, married soon after. Aldrich and Lawrence opened the Falmouth Playhouse in 1949 and in 1950 opened the Cape Cod Music Circus (now the Cape Cod Melody Tent) to showcase Broadway productions. Miss Lawrence spent many years on Cape Cod, living in a home near the ocean, and participating in the Cape Cod theater scene. She was particularly associated with the light comedy of Noel Coward, and was noted for her starring role in the "King and I". Eventide Arts, a cultural group located in Dennis, presents plays and concerts featuring Cape Cod Artists on the Gertrude Lawrence Stage at the historic Dennis Union Church located in the village of Dennis, Massachusetts.
The collection is available for research purposes at the Dennis Memorial Library, 1020 Old Bass River Rd., Dennis, MA 02638, tel. 508-385-2255. Fee charged for photocopies.
Materials entirely in English.
http://www.dennismemoriallibrary.org/gerty.html Folder level control.