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(Thomas Stange Heiss) Oscar Asche (1871-1936), Actor and theatre producer

Sitter in 8 portraits
Australian actor, producer and manager, Asche made his London debut in 1893, after which he joined Frank Benson's company where he met his wife, Lily Brayton. Moving into theatre management in 1904, he continued to act and scored notable successes as the title role in Othello (1907) and the character Hajj in Kismet (1911). His greatest achievement was Chu Chin Chow which he wrote, produced, directed and appeared in alongside Brayton. During its record-breaking run of 2,238 performances he also produced its greatest rival The Maid of the Mountains at Daly's Theatre in 1917.

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Oscar Asche as Bolingbroke in 'Richard II'

by Lizzie Caswall Smith, published by Davidson Brothers
bromide postcard print, early 1900s
NPG Ax45837


Lily Brayton; (Thomas Stange Heiss) Oscar Asche

by Unknown photographer
halftone reproduction, 1900s
NPG x139589


(Thomas Stange Heiss) Oscar Asche as Petruchio in 'The Taming of the Shrew'

by Johnston & Hoffmann, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, circa 1904
NPG x332


(Thomas Stange Heiss) Oscar Asche

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen cabinet card, circa 1906
NPG x13200


(Thomas Stange Heiss) Oscar Asche

after Howard van Dusen, and after John Hassall
lithograph, 1911 or after
NPG D7388


(Thomas Stange Heiss) Oscar Asche

by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie
lithograph, published 29 November 1911
NPG D9601


(Thomas Stange Heiss) Oscar Asche as Abu Hasan in 'Chu Chin Chow'

by Unknown artist, issued by Godfrey Phillips
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1932
NPG D2712