Hide Articles List

6 articles on this Page

Labour Notes.

The Theatre Royal I


The Theatre Royal I am told that if the railway strike lasts five weeks it is computed that 50 per eent. of the resident managers of theatres and halls will he dead 25 per cent. will he safely tucked inside padded walls, and the remaining quarter will have only escaped hy coming out in sympathy with the railroaders. And yet despite its diffi- culties, T fancy that Mr. Stevens is rather en- joying himself, at least there was exhaltation in his voice when I met him on Wednesday hot and dusty from a rush to Cardiff, when lie announced his securing of 11 Daddalums," the Louis Calvert success that is at the New Theatre, Cardiff, this week. You see, although Mr. Stevens had lost two certain winners in A Sinner in Paradise and the opera week, he had been in the scramble for substitutes, and by sheer grit and smartness had filled this week with a fine little show, and next with the biggest thing that Mer- thyi had ever had. The reaction of this success puts him in the last 25 per cent., sure. Candidly, I looked at Toodle-oo! as a necessary evil to be borne with a. grin. That was before I saw it. To-day I would welcome its early return exultantly. It is a merry little s how full of frolic and fun, with musical trim- mings and brimming belles who smile away even the thought of the strike. Tom Neil is carrying the biggest burden of the s how on his back as j' Blister"—(I hope we don't print as a blis- ter" there)—and his spontaneous rollickiing red-nosed comedy, his wonderful agility and un- flagging high spirits are like briny breezes at Uncle Tom's Cabir. on a cool autumn night. I should put him well amongst the first three comedians we have had for two years. Leon Martin is his foil and an uncommon, good one. Their burlesque boxing interlude is simply a scream. Eva Linacre and Nancy Meron are the principal girls, and rattling good ones too. There is a solo turn that is worthy of tlJe best concert platform in the land. A brief interval of melt- ing melody from a silvern throat that has been perfectly cultured by a. master musician. But unquestionably tho big week is next week, and it is a lucky accident that brings the famous Louis Calvert back to Merthyr, where he was once a prime favourite with such splendid old- timers as "Proof," "Othello," "Robbery of the Mail," "Black-eved Susan," "The Corsi- can Brothers," and the like. But great as he then was, and famous though he has s ince be- come, it is in Daddalums that he has at last found his greatest and best part. It is a play, of a tender father, and a spoiled son, and the! great climax in the second act when "Dadda- lums makes the great sacrifice to save the boy from the terrible consequence of his rashness is one of the most tremendous scenes of the modern stage. The study of father love that the author has told and which Mr. Calvert is telling as no one else could is unique, as is the delineation of that faithful hut irrascible old Scotch retainer, to whose good services the happy ending is so largely due. In this part Ernest Hendrick is makin as fine a study in its way as Mr. Calvert does of the greater etiaoir aeter of the play. The entire company is selec- tion to match, and w hen I give you my word of honour that this company that comes to Merthyr is to open Daddalums for the first time to a London audience a month hence-heaven, the railwaymen permitting—you will rejoice with Mr. Stevens in the success he has scored, and regard the railway strike as a lesser calamity than it had seemed. PLAYGOER.

IHome Rule for India./,

A Policeman's Mind.


To the Land of The Maple Leaf.…