For more than a century the name of Terry stood for the aristocracy of the English theatre…
This great and prolific family, deriving from a Portsmouth publican, encapsulates in its ramifications the names of Craig, Hawtrey and Gielgud, which subsequently represent it in the theatre and on television and radio.
The subject of this enlightening insight into the family was first suggested by the late Dame Ellen Terry, with whom Marguerite Steen was on terms of close friendship.
As a member of the Julia Neilson-Fred Terry Company, she formed intricate ties with the family, unconsciously recording the material from which this dramatic panorama was formed.
First and Foremost, A Pride of Terrys reflects the life of a family.
It provides a series of character studies that portray the rare qualities that brought the Terrys from humble beginnings to their proud eminence in contemporary theatre and is an exhilarating and inspiring story full of hope.
Praise for Marguerite Steen
‘Miss Steen is a superb manipulator of scene, and she makes her places as alive as her people’ – Daily Telegraph
‘Rich and enjoyable’ – The Observer
‘fine scenes and piquant portraits’ – The Sunday Times
‘a vivid narrative’ – Manchester Guardian
‘full of colour and character’ – John o’ London’s Weekly
‘rich, lavish, violent, passionate’ – Evening News