Category: London theatre


I was recently perusing the excellent website Over the Footlights [www.overthefootlights.co.uk] and came across an entry for a musical, Very Good, Eddie! This had been performed in 1918 at the Palace, a theatre which I had excluded in the 1910-1919 Calendar on the grounds that it presented variety entertainments. However, I clearly should have made an exception for this musical comedy.  Below is the entry as it might have appeared; the information has been gathered from several sources, not least the invaluable Footlights mentioned above.

18.121b Very Good, Eddie! (MC, 2a) Jerome Kern (mus) and Schuyler Greene (lyr) and Melville Gideon (songs) and Sylvio Hein (songs) and Guy Bolton (bk) and Philip Bartholomew (bk; based on his Overnight, 1911). Palace 18/5/1918. 46 perf [w/W, Th, S mats; add mat 21/5]. 1st perfd Van Curler, Schenectady, 9/11/15. Eddie Kettle Nelson Keys; Dick Rivers Walter Williams; Percy Darling Stanley Turnbull; Al Cleveland Ralph Lynn; George François de Rougemont André Randall; A Purser George Grundy; Coloured Steward E. Trimmingham. Georgina Kettle Helen Temple; Elsie Darling Nellie Briarcliffe; Mme Matroppo Veronica Brady; Elsie Gray Madge Saunders; Victoria Lake Beryl Harrison; A Booth Girl Evie Graham. Pres Alfred Butt; Dir Guy Bragdon; Ch George Shurley; Mus dir Jaques Heuvel. Reviews: Stage 23/5/1918, 12; Times 20/5/18, 9. Comment: The plot concerned two couples of differing heights who cross paths on a boat headed to a honeymoon inn in Poughkeepsie and who accidentally trade partners in a farcical manner (Playbill). Times said the piece did not live up to the expectations aroused by the success of the New York production (Princess 23/12/15, 341 perf) but thought it was “just an ordinary cheerful, easy-going musical comedy.” The “first-night audience was thoroughly appreciative.” Stage provided a lengthy description of the “slight but quite sufficiently complicated plot” and concluded the production “provide[d] agreeable light entertainment, and there is no offence in it, despite Eddie’s happily passing exhilaration due to a ‘high ball’ and a ‘chaser.’”

Here’s a review in The Year’s Work in English Studies (2016):

“J.P. Wearing’s epic series of reference books on the London stage has proved an invaluable resource for theatre scholars since it first started to appear in the 1970s. Covering details about productions at every major London theatre from the 1890s to the 1950s, The London Stage: A Calendar of Plays and Players eventually spanned sixteen volumes. The indexes have now been republished in two monumental editions, which retain the same chronological divisions into decades (1890-9, 1900-0, etc.) with related material. This new publication also includes four key indexes to aid information-gathering: general, genre, theatre, and title. While there has been the occasional quibble about discrepancies with production figures, Wearing’s work remains the most reliable and informative source on plays in London during the first half of the twentieth century, and many will find this two-volume edition of great help.”

The list below updates the entries in American and British Theatrical Biographies by providing the date of death for the various subjects:

ABBENSETTS, Michael (1938–2016)
ABERCROMBIE, Ian (1936–2012)
ABSE, Dannie (1923–2014)
ADAIR, Hazel (1920–2015)
ADLER, Richard (1921–2012)
AINSLEY, Paul (1945–2013)
ALBANESE, Licia (1913–2014)
ALBEE, Edward [Franklin] (1928–2016)
ALBERTAZZI, Giorgio (1923/25–2016)
ALBRECHT, Gerd (1935–2014)
ALEXANDER, Cris (1920–2012)
ALLEN, Billie (1925–2015)
ALLMAN, Robert (1927–2013)
ALONSO, Fernando (1914–2013)
ANDERSON, Rona (1928–2013)
ANGELOU, Maya [Marguerite Johnson] (1928–2014)
ANTHONY, Charles (1929–2012)
ARBUS, Allan (1918–2013)
ARMSTRONG, R.G. (1917–2012)
ARQUETTE, Alexis (1969–2016)
ASHERSON, Renée (1915–2014)
ATKINSON, Barbara (1926–2015)
ATTENBOROUGH, Sir Richard (1923–2014)
AVERY, James (1948–2013)
BABILÉE, Jean [né Guttman] (1923–2014)
BACALL, Lauren [Betty Joan Perske] (1924–2014)
BAIN, Conrad (1923–2013)
BARABÁS, Sári  (1914/18–2012)
BARAKA, Amiri [né Everett Leroy Jones; LeRoi Jones] (1934–2014)
BARNES, Billy (1927–2012)
BARTOLETTI, Bruno (1926–2013)
BATE, Anthony (1927–2012)
BAYLER, Terence (1930–2016)
BEDFORD, Brian (1935–2016)
BENESH, Joan Dorothy [née Rothwell] (1920–2014)
BENNETT, Richard Rodney (1936–2012)
BERGEN, Polly (1930–2014)
BERGONZI, Carlo (1924–2014)
BERNHARDT, Melvin (1931–2015)
BEST, James (1926–2015)
BEVAN, Donald (1920–2013)
BIKEL, Theodore (1924–2015)
BORGNINE, Ernest (1917–2012)
BOULEZ, Pierre (1925–2016)
BOWIE, David (1947–2016)
BRADY, Terence (1939–2016)
BREAUX, Marc (1925–2013)
BRENNAN, Eileen (1932–2013)
BRIERS, Richard (1934–2013)
BRIGHTON, Pam (1946–2015)
BROOK, Faith (1922–2012)
BROOKES, Jacqueline (1930–2013)
BROWN, John Russell (1923–2015)
BRYAN, Dora [née Broadbent] (1924–2014)
BYRNE, Patsy (1933–2014)
CAESAR, Sid (1922–2014)
CAFFREY, Sean (1940–2013)
CANARY, David H. (1938–2015)
CAREY, Harry, Jr (1921–2012)
CARNE, Judy (1939–2015)
CARLOS, Laurie (d 2016 [67])
CARROLL, Helena (1928–2013)
CARROLL, Janet (1940–2012)
CARSON, John (1927–2016)
CARTER, Elliott (1908–2012)
CARTER, Jack (1922/23–2015)
CARTER, Myra (1930–2016)
CAVANAUGH, Christine (1963–2014)
CERQUETTI, Anita (1931–2014)
CHAUVIRÉ, Yvette (1917–2016)
CHETWYN, Robert [né Suckling] (1933–2015)
CHOUTEAU, Yvonne (1929–2016)
CIMINO, Leonardo (1917–2012)
CLARKE, Mary (1923–2015)
COE, George (1929–2015)
COLE, George (1925–2015)
COLE, Natalie (1950–2015)
COLLINS, Gary (1938–2012)
CONNELL, Elizabeth (1946–2012)
CORRI, Adrienne (1930–2016)
COWLES, Matthew (1944–2014)
CRAGUN, Richard Allan (1944–2012)
CRAZE, Tony (1944–2016)
CREGAN, David (1931–2015)
CRUTCHLEY, Kate (d 2013 [69])
CURTIN, Phyllis (1921–2016)
DANTZIG, Rudi van (1933–2012)
DARLING, Jean [née Dorothy Jean LeVake] (1922–2015)
DAVALOS, Richard (1930–2016)
DAVENPORT, Nigel (1928–2013)
DAVID, Hal (1921–2012)
DAVIES, Howard (1945–2016)
DAVIES, Peter Maxwell (1934–2016)
DAVIS, Ann B. (1926–2014)
DAVIS, Garry (1921–2013)
DAVIS, Nancy [Mrs. Ronald Reagan] (1921–2016)
DAVIS, Sir Colin (1927–2013)
DEE, Ruby [née Ruby Ann Wallace] (1922–2014)
DELLA CASA, Lisa (1919–2012)
DENKER, Henry (1912–2012)
DEUTEKOM, Cristina (1931–2014)
DILLER, Phyllis (1917–2012)
DOBBS, Mattiwilda (1925–2015)
DOMINGUEZ, Oralia (1925–2013)
DONLAN, Yolande (1920–2014)
DOSSOR, Alan (1941–2016)
DOWLING, Vincent (1929–2013)
DREW, David (1938–2015)
DUNHAM, Joanna (1936–2014)
DURNING, Charles (1923–2012)
DUVAL, Denise (1921–2016)
DVORÁKOVÁ, Ludmilla (1923–2015)
DYSART, Richard A. (1929–2015)
EGGERTH, Marta (1912–2013)
ELLIOTT, Bob [of Bob and Ray] (1923–2016)
ELYOT, Kevin (1951–2014)
FARENTINO, James (1938–2012)
FARINA, Dennis (1944–2013)
FEIST, Gene (1923–2014)
FICHANDLER, Zelda [née Diamond] (1924–2016)
FINKEL, Fyvush (1922–2016)
FINLAY, Frank (1926–2016)
FISCHER-DIESKAU, Dietrich (1925–2012)
FISHER, Carrie (1956–2016) American actress
FO, Dario (1926–2016)
FONTAINE, Joan (1917–2013)
FORBES, Bryan [né Clarke] (1926–2013)
FORBES, Elizabeth (1924–2014)
FOX, Bernard M. (1927–2016)
FRANKLIN, Bonnie (1944–2013)
FRANKLIN, Frederic (1914–2013)
FREEMAN, Al, Jr (1934–2012)
FRELICH, Phyllis (1944–2014)
FRID, Jonathan (1924–2012)
FRIEL, Brian (1929–2015)
FROST, David (1939–2013)
GABOR, Zsa Zsa (1917–2016)
GAM, Rita (1927/28–2016)
GANDOLFINI, James (1961–2013)
GARLAND, Patrick (1936–2013)
GARNER, James (1928–2014)
GASKILL, William (1930–2016)
GAYNES, George [George Jongeyans] (1917–2016)
GAZZARA, Ben (1930–2012)
GEIDT, Jeremy (1930–2013)
GELB, Arthur (1924–2014)
GELIOT, Michael (1933–2012)
GEORGE, Collin (1929–2016)
GIBSON, Virginia (1925–2013)
GILMORE, Peter (1931–2013)
GLASS, Ron (1945–2016)
GOLD, Jack (1930–2015)
GORR, Rita (1926–2012)
GOTTFRIED, Martin (1933–2014)
GRADY, Don (1944–2012)
GRASS, Günter (1927–2015)
GRAY, Elspet [Baroness Rix] (1929–2013)
GRAY, Kevin (1958–2013)
GREGORY, Don (1934–2015)
GRIFFIN, Hayden (1943–2013)
GRIFFITH, Andy (1926–2012)
GRIFFITHS, Richard (1947–2013)
GRIMES, Tammy (1934–2016)
GROSBARD, Ulu (1929–2012)
GROUT, James David (1927–2012)
GUNTER, John (1938–2016)
GUY, Rosa (1922/28–2012)
HAGMAN, Larry [Hageman] (1931–2012)
HAMILTON, Lawrence (1954–2014)
HAMLISCH, Marvin (1944–2012)
HAMMOND-STROUD, Derek (1926–2012)
HANNAN, Eilene (1946–2014)
HARBOTTLE, G. Laurence (1924–2015)
HARRIS, Julie (1925–2013)
HARRISON, Noel (1934–2013)
HARRON, Donald (1924–2015)
HART, Cecilia (1948–2016)
HEELEY, Desmond (1930–2016)
HEMSLEY, Thomas (1927–2013)
HENDERSON, Florence (1934–2016)
HENZE, Hans Werner (1926–2012)
HERRMANN, Edward (1943–2014)
HICKS, Barbara (1924–2013)
HILL, Lucienne [née Palmer] (1923–2012)
HOFFMAN, Philip Seymour (1967–2014)
HOFSISS, Jack (1950–2016)
HOLDER, Geoffrey (1930–2014)
HOLDER, Owen (1921–2016)
HOLM, Celeste (1919–2012)
HOOKS, Jan (1957–2014)
HOPKINS, Antony (1921–2014)
HOSKINS, Bob (1942–2014)
HOWARD, Alan (1937–2015)
HOWARD, Ken (1944–2016)
HUDDLESTON, David (1930–2016)
INGHAM, Barrie (1932–2015)
IRELAND, Kenny (1945/47–2014)
IRVING, George S. [né George Irving Shelasky] (1922–2016)
ISHIOKA, Eiko (1938–2012)
JACKSON, Anne (1926–2016)
JAFFREY, Saeed (1929–2015)
JENN, Stephen (1950–2012)
JOHNSON, Richard (1927–2015)
JONES, Dean (1930/35–2015)
JOOSTEN, Kathryn (1939–2012)
JOSEPHSON, Erland (1923–2012)
JOURDAN, Louis (1920/21–2015)
JUNE, Ava (1931–2013)
KEATING, Charles (1941–2014)
KEEFER, Don (1916–2014)
KEEN, Pat (1933–2013)
KENT, Jean [née Field] (1921–2013)
KERR, Bill (1922–2014)
KERR, John (1931–2013)
KERSLEY, Leo (1920–2012)
KILTY, Jerome (1922–2012)
KIM, Willa (1917–2016)
KING, Larry L. (1929–2012)
KISSEL, Howard (1942–2012)
KLUGMAN, Jack (1922–2012)
KRAUSE, Tom (1934–2014)
KUMALO, Alton (1939–2013)
KÁLMÁN, Charles (1929–2015)
LAUTER, Ed (1940–2013)
LEAR, Evelyn (1926–2012)
LEE, Leslie (1930?/35–2014)
LEHNHOFF, Nikolaus (1939–2015)
LEIGH, Mitch [né Irwin Mitchnick] (1928–2014)
LESSING, Doris (1919–2013)
LEWIS, Geoffrey (1935–2015)
LIBERTINI, Richard (1933–2016)
LIFF, Samuel (1919–2015)
LLOYD PACK, Roger (1944–2014)
LOGGIA, Robert (1930–2015)
LOM, Herbert (1917–2012)
LYNCH, Richard (1936–2012)
LYNDECK, Edmund (1925–2015)
LYUBIMOV, Yuri Petrovich (1917–2014)
MAAZEL, Lorin (1930–2014)
MacDONALD, Brian (1928–2014)
MACNEE, Patrick (1922–2015)
MacRAE, Sheila (1929–2014)
MALINA, Judith (1926–2015)
MALLORY, Victoria (1948–2014)
MANN, Theodore [né Goldman] (1924–2012)
MANSOURI, Lotfi (1929–2013)
MANZI, Warren (1955–2016)
MARCEAU, Félicien (1913–2012)
MARCHAND, Colette (1925–2015)
MARGULIES, David (1937–2016)
MAROWITZ, Charles (1934–2014)
MARRE, Albert [né Albert Moshinski] (1925–2012)
MARRIOTT, Anthony (1931–2014)
MARSHALL, Garry (1934–2016)
MARTIN, Nicholas (1938–2014)
MASUR, Kurt (1927–2015)
MATTHEWS, Francis (1927–2014)
MATTOX, Matt (1921–2013)
MAXTONE-GRAHAM, John (1929–2015)
MAY, Val[entine] (1927–2012)
MAYALL, Rik (1958–2014)
MAZURSKY, Paul (1930–2014)
McCABE, John (1939–2015)
McCARTY, Michael (1946–2014)
McEWAN, Geraldine [née McKeown] (1932–2015)
McMARTIN, John (1929?/1932–2016)
MEDINA, Patricia (1919–2012)
MELIA, Joe (1935–2012)
MENDEL, Deryk (1920–2013)
MICHAELS, Frankie (1955–2016)
MICHELL, Keith (1926–2015)
MILLER, Nolan (1933/35–2012)
MILNER, Martin (1931–2015)
MILNES, Rodney (1936–2015)
MISKOVITCH, Milorad (1928–2013)
MITCHELL, Warren (1926–2015)
MOFFATT, John (1922–2012)
MOODY, Ron [né Ronald Moodnick] (1924–2015)
MOORE, Dick (1925–2015)
MOORE, Juanita (1914–2014)
MORISON, Elsie (1924–2016)
MORNIN, Daniel (1956–2014)
MUNSEL, Patrice (1925–2016)
MURPHY, Gerard (1948–2013)
MURRAY, Barbara (1929–2014)
MYERS, Lou (1938–2013)
NAGY, Ivan (1943–2014)
NEDERLANDER, James (1922–2016)
NEILSON, Perlita [née Margaret Sowden] (1933–2014)
NEUFELD, Peter (1936–2015)
NEWAY, Patricia (1919–2012)
NICHOLS, Mike (1931–2014)
NIMOY, Leonard (1931–2015)
NINAGAWA YUKIO (1935–2016)
NISKA, Maralin (1926/1930–2016) American soprano
NOBLE, James (1922–2016)
NORMENT, Elizabeth (1952–2014)
NUNN, Bill (1952–2016)
OBERLIN, Russell (1928–2016)
OBRATSOVA, Elena (1937–2015)
OLIVERO, Magda (1910–2014)
ONTIVEROS, Lupe (1942–2012)
O’BRIAN, Hugh (1925–2016)
O’DONNELL, Mark (1954–2012)
O’HARA, Maureen (1920/21–2015)
O’MARA, Kate (1939–2014)
O’SHEA, Milo (1926–2013)
O’TOOLE, Peter (1932–2013)
PALILLO, Ron (1949–2012)
PARKER, Eleanor (1922–2013)
PARKER, Joy [Mrs Paul Scofield] (1924–2012)
PARROTT, Ian (1916–2012)
PARRY, Natasha (1930–2015)
PASCO, Richard (1926–2014)
PEARSON, Alfred (1910–2012)
PEMBERTON-BILLING, Robin (1929–2012)
PERCIVAL, John (1927–2012)
PHILLIPS, Robin (1942–2015)
PILBEAM, Nova (1919–2015)
PLATOFF, Marc [Marc Platt] (1913–2014)
PLISETSKAYA, Maya (1925–2015)
POLITO, Jon (1950–2016)
PRIESTMAN, Brian (1927–2014)
RAFFIN, Deborah (1953–2012)
RAINER, Luise (1910–2014)
RAME, Franca (1929–2013)
RAMIS, Harold (1944–2014)
RAUTAVARRA, Einojuhani (1928–2016)
REBHORN, James (1948–2014)
REDMAN, Joyce (1918–2012)
REES, Angharad (1949–2012)
REES, Roger (1944–2015)
REICH, George (1926–2013)
REID, Christina (1942–2015)
REMEDIOS, Alberto (1935–2016)
RESNIK, Regina (1922–2013)
REYNOLDS, Anna (1931–2014)
REYNOLDS, Debbie (1932–2016)
RICE, Peter (1928–2015)
RICE, Peter (1928–2015)
RICHARDS, Martin (1932–2012)
RICHARDSON, Jack (1935–2012)
RICKMAN, Alan (1946–2016)
RIETTY, Robert (1923–2015)
RIVERS, Joan (1933–2014)
RIX, Brian (1924–2016)
ROBERTS, Doris (1925/1930–2016)
ROBERTSON, Toby (1928–2012)
ROCCO, Alex (1936–2015)
RODGERS, Mary (1931–2014)
ROGERS, Paul (1917–2013)
ROGERS, Wayne (1933–2015)
ROGIER, Frank (1918–2013)
ROONEY, Mickey [Joe Yule] (1920–2014)
RUDEL, Julius (1921–2014)
RUSSELL, Iris (1922–2014)
SACHS, Andrew (1930–2016)
SACHS, Robin (1951–2013)
SADDLER, Donald (1918–2014)
SAKS, Gene (1921–2015)
SAWALLISCH, Wolfgang (1923–2013)
SCHALLERT, William (1922–2016)
SCHELL, Maximilian (1930–2014)
SCHELLENBERG, August (1932–2013)
SCHULLER, Gunther (1925–2015)
SEGAL, Zohra (1912–2014)
SELDES, Marian (1928–2014)
SERENI, Mario (1928–2015)
SEYMOUR, Alan (1927–2015)
SHAFFER, Peter Levin (1926–2016)
SHANK, Adele Edling (1940–2014)
SHANKAR, Ravi (1920–2012)
SHARIF, Omar (1932–2015)
SHERIDAN, Dinah (1920–2012)
SHERMAN, Robert B. (1925–2012)
SHERWOOD, Madeleine [née Thornton] (1922–2016)
SHIGETA, James (1929/33–2014)
SHIRLEY-QUIRK, John (1931–2014)
SIM, Sheila (1922–2016)
SIMON, Herb [né Braha] (1946–2016)
SINDEN, Leon (1927–2015)
SINDEN, Sir Donald (1923–2014)
SIZOVA, Alla (1939–2014)
SLATER, Daphne (1928–2012)
SMITH, Carrie (1925–2012)
SMITH, Liz (1921–2016)
SMITH, Nicholas (1934–2015)
SPINETTI, Victor (1929/33–2012)
SPRADBERY, John (1930–2014)
SPRINGER, Ashton, Jr (1930–2013)
STAPLETON, Jean (1923–2013)
STEVENS, Risë (1913–2013)
STIGWOOD, Robert (1934–2016)
STOCK, Gailene (1946–2014)
STORCH, Arthur (1925–2013)
STRITCH, Elaine (1925–2014)
STROUD, Michael (1934–2015)
SUMNER, John (1924–2013)
SYKES, Eric (1923–2012)
TALLCHIEF, Maria (1925–2013)
TALLMER, Jerry (1920–2014)
TARBUCK, Barbara (1942–2016)
TAVENER, John (1944–2013)
TEMPLE, Shirley (1928–2014)
TERRY, Nigel (1945–2015)
THAXTER, Phyllis (1919/20–2012)
THICKE, Alan (1947–2016)
THOMAS, Thom (1941–2015)
THORNTON, Frank [né Ball] (1921–2013)
THRONE, Malachi (d 2013 [84])
TIERNEY, Malcolm (1938–2014)
TOWNSEND, Sue (1946–2014)
TREVOR, William [William Trevor Cox] (1928–2016)
TWAIN, Norman (1930–2016)
TYRRELL, Susan (1946–2012)
VAN PATTEN, Dick (1928–2015)
VAUGHAN, Stuart (1925–2014)
VAUGHN, Robert (1932–2016)
VAUX, Adrian (1936–2012)
VERDY, Violette (1933–2016)
VICKERS, Jon (1926–2015)
VIDAL, Gore (1925–2012)
VIGODA, Abe (1921–2016)
VISHNEVSKAYA, Galina (1926–2012)
VON FURSTENBERG, Betsy (1931–2015)
VOYTEK (1925–2014)
WAGNER, Arthur (1923–2015)
WAITE, Ralph (1928–2014)
WAJDA, Andrzej (1926–2016)
WALL, David (1946–2013)
WALLACE, Marcia (1942–2013)
WALLACE, Mike (1918–2012)
WALLACH, Eli (1915–2014)
WARD, Simon (1941–2012
WEBB, Lizbeth (1926–2013)
WEBER, Carl (1925–2016)
WEKWERTH, Manfred (1929–2014)
WELLAND, Colin (1934–2015)
WELLER, Walter (1939–2015)
WESKER, Arnold (1932–2016)
WHEELER, David (1925–2012)
WHELAN, Peter (1931–2014)
WHITE, Leonard (1916–2016)
WHITE, Michael Simon (1936–2016)
WHITELAW, Billie (1932–2014)
WILDER, Gene (1933–2016)
WILLIAMS, Andy (1928–2012)
WILLIAMS, Camilla (1919/22–2012)
WILLIAMS, Dick Anthony (1938–2012)
WILLIAMS, Hugh Steadman (1935–2016)
WILLIAMS, Robin (1951–2014)
WILLIS, Jerome (1928–2014)
WILMER, Douglas (1920–2016)
WILSON, Elizabeth (1921?–2015)
WILSON, Julie (1924/25–2015)
WILSON, Sandy (1924–2014)
WILSON, Snoo (1948–2013)
WINDOM, William (1923–2012)
WINTERS, Jonathan (1925–2013)
WISE, Herbert [né Weisz] (1924–2015)
WOLSK, Eugene V. (1928–2013)
WOOD, Peter (1927–2016)
WOODS, Aubrey (1928–2013)
WOOLFENDEN, Guy Anthony (1937–2016)
WRIGHT, Martha (1923/26–2016)
WYMARK, Olwen [Mrs Patrick Wymark] (1934–2013)
WYMORE, Patricia [or Patrice] (1926/27–2014)
YOUNG, Alan (1919–2016)
ZAPATA, Carmen (1927–2014)
ZIMBALIST, Efrem, Jr (1918?–2014)