Theodore & Co.

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Theodore & Co. is an English musical comedy in two acts with a book by H. M. Harwood and George Grossmith Jr. based on the French comedy Théodore et Cie by Paul Armont and Nicolas Nancey. The music is by Ivor Novello and Jerome Kern, with lyrics by Adrian Ross and Clifford Grey. It opened at the Gaiety Theatre in London on 19 September 1916 and became very popular.

Performance history in South Africa

1917 – The first local production by the London Gaiety Co. opened on 19 March 1917 at His Majesty’s Theatre in Johannesburg. It was produced by Wybert Stamford, with musical direction by Ernest Millar and sets by Frank Tyars and A.R. Martin. The large cast included Theodore Leonard, Frank Harrison, William Lester, Derek Downe, Nelson Hancock, Laurence Wensley, Grafton Williams, Brian Kelley, Tom Clark, Patrick Brady, L.J. Stebbings, Thomas Pauncefort, Billie Barlow, Rita Reuas, Blanche Browne, Ivy Louise, Beryl Record, Fame Bennett, Mabel Stuart, Patricia Denvers, Peggy Phyl, Eileen Searsoe, Gertrude Phillips, Winifred Vyvyan, Dorothy Hamilton, Kathlyn Beaumont, Madge Cass, Elise Hamilton (as Tommie Hamilton) and Nancy Benyon.

Sources

Rand Daily Mail, 17 March 1917

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