"The Highest Bidder" - California Theater (1890)

Our information on "The Highest Bidder" at the California Theater comes from ads and the below article published in The Call in May of 1890.


Name Role
E. H. Sothern
Miss Kittie Wilson
Miss Katie Pattison
Cyril Scott
T. C. Valentine
Tully Marshall
Rowland Buckstone
Miss Charlotte Tittel
Miss Maud Adams
Walter Craven
W. B. Royston

Newspaper Articles

The Morning Call (San Francisco, California) - May 18, 1890

Mr. E. H. Sothern

is the announcement of the California Theater for Monday night, and the play will be "The Highest Bidder," which he gave here last season. Mr. Sothern has now reached a point where his standing as a comedy star may be said to be assured. He has, with infinite care and more than usual modesty, labored with the sole object of meriting approbation by thorough work, and the same time avoiding the accusation of attaining notoriety under the shadow of his father's name. Few other actors of recent years have so promptly won the public heart by wholly meritorious means. The comedian's work, and the comedy in which he works, are alike commendable on the grounds of intelligence and good taste. Merit and success do not so often go hand in hand upon the stage that so prominent an instance as Mr. Sothern may be overlooked. "The Highest Bidder" was the play in which Mr. Sothern made his first appeal for public favor as a star, and some of the present company have been with him ever since. The cast is somewhat altered from the visit of last year, although Misses Kittie Wilson and Katie Pattison, and Messrs. Cyril Scott, T. C. Valentine and Tully Marshall are still playing their original parts. The leading comedy role is now given by Rowland Buckstone. He comes of good stock, being a son of J. B. Buckstone, the old English comedian, under whose tuition he played for years continuously Misses Charlotte Tittle and Maud Adams, the leading lady and ingenue of the company, are both natives of California, and had achieved good local reputation before going East. Walter Craven, an Australian actor, supplies the villainy of the east, and Mr. W. B. Royston the second comedy. "The Highest Bidder" will be played for one week only. As Mr. Sothern is preparing an entirely new repertoire for next season, it is more than probable that neither of the plays in which he is known here will be seen after this engagement. In other words, they will be played out.

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