George Procter Hawtrey

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George Procter Hawtrey (1847–1910) was a British actor, playwright and pageantmaster. His father was Reverend John William Hawtrey, headmaster of the Alden House School at Slough. He was educated at Eton College and Pembroke College, Oxford. Hawtrey's two brothers, William and Charles, were also actors. He was married twice, first to Eda Strahan and then to Gertrude Jessie Rolls Harcourt. He fathered one son and two daughters.

George's brother William on stage

Hawtrey’s most notable achievement in connection with the stage was his adaptation of Baron von Moser’s farce Mit Vergnügen (The Pickpocket), in which his brother Charles acted. He also assisted in preparing A Message From Mars for the stage. In 1908, Hawtrey became master of the Gloucestershire Historical Pageant at Cheltenham, followed by the National Pageant of Wales at Cardiff in October 1909 and the Chester Pageant in July 1910.

According to an obituary published in The Times, Hawtrey died of heart failure on 17 August 1910 at his London residence, Clarence Gate-Mansions, today Clarence Gate Gardens (Marylebone) following a severe bout with asthma while putting on the Chester Pageant in July of that year. He was 63 years old.

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Finding Aid for the George P. Hawtrey Papers The University of North Carolina at Greensboro