Monsieur Beaucaire

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Monsieur Beaucaire is play by E.G. Sutherland and Booth Tarkington.

The original text

Based on the short novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Booth Tarkington (first published in 1900), it was adapted as a play by Tarkington and Sutherland in 1904 and first performed starring Evelyn Millard and Lewis Waller, the play received a Royal Command Performance at Windsor Castle before Edward VII.

In 1924-25 it was a considerable West End success for Gerald Lawrence, who played the lead.

Performed in South Africa

1929: It was one of the plays performed by a West End theatre company from London, led by actor-manager Gerald Lawrence, which toured South Africa and Rhodesia, putting on a portfolio of five plays. The tour played in venues owned by African Theatres Ltd. and started in Johannesburg on 1st April 1929 and finished in Cape Town on 3rd October.


J. P. Wearing, "The London Stage 1920-1929: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel"[1]

Robert Kay. 2011. "Gerald Lawrence, Elgar and the missing Beau Brummel Music", The Elgar Society Journal: pp.4-28[2]

The S.A. Merry-Go-Round, 2(4):28. August 21st, 1929.

Correspondence from Robert Kay of Acuta Music[3], Monday 13 July, 2015.

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