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Amy Webster – £150 – The Era – Wednesday 23rd May 1917

THEATRICAL GOSSIP.

The Ambassadors.

 

“£l5O” was withdrawn from the Ambassadors on Saturday. Towards the end of next month the Ambassadors stage will be taken by new operetta, entitled “Carmenetta,” adapted from the French by Walter Hackett, in which Mme. Delysia and Morton will figure. Meanwhile Morton will appear in a new sketch entitled “Hello, Morton!” at the Coliseum.

 

The Era – Wednesday 23rd May 1917

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Amy Webster – £150 – The Stage – Thursday 26th April 1917

“£150” and “Cheep!”

 

The new revue, entitled “£150,” is now announced for production at the Ambassadors’ on Monday, at 7.45. The author is Walter Hackett, the lyrics are by Douglas Furber, and the music is a trio of composers – Silesu, Emmett Adams, and Fred Sparrow. The principle, Mile. Madeleine Choiseulle, and M. Leon Morton, will be supported by Messrs. Alec S. Clunes, Rube Welch, J. M. Campbell, Murri Moncrieff, and Douglas Furber, and Misses Sheila Hayes, Vera Neville, Binnie Hale, and Daisy Burrell.

 

The Stage – Thursday 26th April 1917

 

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£150 – The Bystander Wednesday 16th May 1917

 

“£150” at the Ambassadors Theatre

BY “JINGLE.” ILLUSTRATED BY NORMAN MORROW

 

THE title of this “war economy” revue is supposed to represent the cost of its production. Mr. C. B. Cochran has since admitted that at the last moment he was obliged to lay out an additional sum of £4 15s., but did not consider this extra outlay justified any alteration in the title in question. I should not be surprised to hear that when the accounts are finally audited it will be found that there is a further threepence or so unaccounted for, and if that should prove to be the fact, I am sure Mr. Cochran will hasten to announce it. I mean, in these matters we ought to be as exact as possible. THE first half of this jovial entertainment is mostly occupied with caricatures of rival revues. Some times I think this idea is not always a safe one, because it assumes that everyone is familiar with the entertainments burlesqued, and that is not always the case. To take the not particularly humble instance of myself, two of the burlesques dealt with meant little to me, because I had not seen the originals; and I am not vain enough to believe that I am a special creation. But the rest of the revue is crowded with rich and rollicking fun that must be good for everybody. A pathetic little incident shows how the far-reaching Defence of the Realm Act affects even obscure individuals who had asked for nothing more than to be left in their agreeable obscurity. Two young people were at supper in a private room of a restaurant. They were just beginning to get along together quite nicely, when the fatal hour of nine-thirty struck The waiter, who always does come in at the wrong moment in these cases, dashed into the room in order to remove the drinks according to law, and, as they say in the papers, the meeting then broke up in disorder.

THEN the temptation of the modern sweet shop is ruthlessly exposed. It seems that what with the general rise in prices, and one thing and another, the dear girls simply cannot afford to buy for themselves the delicately frilled goods their hearts desire. The makers of expensive chocolates, whose occupation is now gone, have, consequently, hit upon the enterprising idea of filling their decorative boxes with more fanciful wares. So that when your best girl asks you to buy her a box of chocolates, and you find you have to pay three guineas for the privilege, you may reasonably conclude that there is more in it than is designed to meet the eye. The scheme is new to me; but one is never too old to learn the things one ought not to know.

THE life and soul of the production is, of course, the désopilant  Leon Morton, who seems to be the one real laughter-maker left in a jaded world. One of his best scenes is concerned with a lady who has been “godmother” to the usual lonely soldier. The lonely soldier has written after many days to say he is calling to see her but instead of a young and handsome fellow in a trench-stained uniform, the “lonely soldier” turns but to be an immaculately dressed old gentle man of the kind usually, I believe, described as a blasé roué.  He explains that he does really well out of this lonely soldier business, as his “god mothers” send him all the champagne and smokes he requires for his simple needs. Morton is quite great as the sinful old gentleman. When his indignant “godmother” orders him out of the house he commences to make gentle overtures to her maid, and sets the house roaring by observing with a fine philosophy, doubtless born of long experience, “Si on ne pent pas avoir la peche, il faut

secontenter dei’’oignon.” What?

An amusing scene is that which shows the interior of a big West End shop before and after the war. Here Morton, who is sometimes the shopwalker and sometimes the commissionaire, is very droll; and the whole scene is very well conceived. The principal lady, the delightful Mlle. Madeleine Choiseulle, is well supported by Miss Daisy Burrell, who sings well and is sprightliness itself. “£150” is full of good things from first to last, and should keep the Ambassadors Theatre busy for many months to come.

 Jingle

 

The Bystander – Wednesday 16th May 1917

 

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