The Lord Chamberlain’s certificate for the staging of Maskelyne’s sketch ‘Will, the Witch and the Watchman’. 1905

In Great Britain it was necessary for dramatic plays to obtain approval from The Lord Chamberlain’s Office before they could be staged. This document dated 29 August 1905 grants permission for ‘Will, the Witch and the Watchman’, a dramatic sketch in one act, to be presented at St. George’s Hall, London. No changes to the submitted script were requested. J.N. Maskelyne had not long moved from the Egyptian Hall to St. George’s Hall. It may be that changes had been made to the script, so that it required new approval, or perhaps the change of venue from the Egyptian Hall made reapproval necessary.


Size 2 sided, 215 x 325mm.
Date 29 August 1905
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Ref no N2364 Ep.SGH17