Madeleine Lucette Ryley Papers
Date range: 1895-1907
Madeleine Lucette Ryley (1865-1934) was a stage performer and playwright. In the early part of her career she performed in light opera with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. In the 1890s, she became a prolific and commercially successful playwright, writing for the British and US stage. Her work encompassed historical drama, adaptations from novels, farces and comedies. Her first performed work was the musical The Basoche, which was produced in New York in 1893, and her last play, a comedy The Sugar Bowl, was staged in 1907, after which she effectively retired from writing.
Ryley was also an active supporter of women's suffrage, prominent in the Actresses' Franchise League (AFL) serving as vice-president from its formation in 1908 until it was dissolved in 1918 with the passage of the Fourth Reform Act.
Her papers comprise playscripts including The Great Conspiracy, Richard Savage, The Lady Paramount, The Mysterious Mr Bugle and The Sugar Bowl.
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