Lillah McCarthy as Hilda Wangel in 'The Master Builder'

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Lillah McCarthy as Hilda Wangel in 'The Master Builder'

by Daily Mirror
cream-toned bromide print on card mount, 1911
10 in. x 7 1/8 in. (253 mm x 180 mm)
Purchased, 2004
Photographs Collection
NPG x128076

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In 1911, after the failure of a number projects to create an arts theatre in London, Granville-Barker became depressed and considered moving to Germany. In response McCarthy leased the Little Theatre and offered her husband the opportunity to direct again. Here she played Hilda in Ibsen's The Master Builder. McCarthy's management transferred to the Kingsway Theatre in 1912 where she took another lead in Euripedes' s Iphigenia in Tauris, a translation by Gilbert Murray.

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Asquith's Liberal government introduces the Parliament Act to curb the powers of the House of Lords following the clash between the Commons and Lords over the 1909 People's Budget. The Act removed the Lords' power to veto bills, reduced the length of Parliament from seven to five years, and provided for the payment of MPs.

Art and science

Ernest Rutherford discovers the structure of the atom. The New Zealand born physicist working in Manchester showed with his Nuclear Model that electrons orbited a nucleus composed of protons and neutrons. The discovery paved the way for nuclear physics.


The Polish Chemist, Marie Curie, becomes the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for her discovery in 1898 of the radioactive element, Radon.
The Mona Lisa is stolen from the Louvre. The masterpiece was missing for two years, during which time suspicion fell on avant-garde poet Guillaume Apollinaire and his friend Pablo Picasso, before Vincenzo Peruggia, an employee of the Louvre, was arrested in Florence.

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