Poster for Bound to Succeed

Poster for Bound to Succeed

Benjamin Oliver took the name George Conquest and with his son George (born in 1837) ran the Grecian Saloon, built in the grounds of the Eagle Tavern, from 1851 to 1879. Bound to Succeed or A Leaf from the Captain's Log Book was the first piece played in the rebuilt and refurbished theatre in 1877 when the Grecian was advertised as 'one of the largest and most beautiful theatres in London, and capable of holding nearly 5,000 persons'. According to the programmes it was 'an entirely New and Original Drama of London and Tasmanian Life' with scenes set in Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, and Tasmania Dock on the River Thames. It was co-written by George Conquest Senior and starred him as Christopher Wobbles, 'a neglected genius', and his son George as 'a nervous gentleman'. This poster dates from a later production, after the Conquests transferred to the Surrey Theatre in 1881, having sold the Grecian for 21,000 (more than 1 million today) to an aspiring impresario who soon parted with it, at a loss, to the Salvation Army.