Natural & Character


Louise HamptonLouise Hampton

No. 18

Louise Hampton as Madam Wang in "Lady Precious Stream"

There are two strongly contrasted sides to Louise Hampton's art. She can play a hard -natured, dried-up woman in The Late Christopher Bean, or she can be gentle and sweet. Here, as the Chinese wife in Lady Precious Stream, she gives a striking example of the latter quality. Every line of her face and her figure expresses submission and resignation. Yet even in this part Miss Hampton is able to suggest her hidden strength, for at the end of the play it is the dominant male who has to obey the dictates of his hitherto unregarded partner.