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Theodore & Co.

A Musical Play in 2 Acts, 4 Scenes. Book by H.M. Harwood and George Grossmith, (based on the French of P. Gavault.) Lyrics by Adrian Ross and Clifford Grey. Music by Ivor Novello and Jerome D. Kern.

Produced by Mr. George Grossmith & Mr. Edward Laurillard

Gaiety Theatre, September 19th, 1916. In conjunction with the The Gaiety Theatre Company. (503 perfs)


Lord Theodore Wragge is the head of a group of Society spongers helping out Lady Pansy, daughter of the Earl of Shetland, who has got herself photographed with a common adventurer.

The ploy is to convince the Earl that it is not Pansy in the photograph but an actress called Baby Grand.  When the Earl decides to look at this Baby Grand for himself, Pansy is required to impersonate the actress and a friend's flat is commandeered, but a rendezvous has already been arranged there between the Minister of Movies and the flapper Sapphire.

The complications, fast and furious, involve all the other members of the 'gang', including the former seaside comics, Pony Twitchin and Fudge Robinson, until the requisite happy ending is reached.

Cast and Original Players

  • Bompas, 24th Duke of Shetland - Mr. Davy Burnaby
  • Pony Twitchen (of the "Crimson Comics") - Mr. Leslie Henson
  • Right Hon. George Wye (Minister of Movies) - Mr. Fred Leslie
  • Mr. Blissett (A Husband) - Mr. Frederick Morant
  • Cosmo Legallos - Mr. Henri :Leoni
  • Mr. Satterthwaite (Of Dowton) - Mr. Victor Gouriet
  • Crump - Mr. Robert Nainby
  • Delatour (Manager of the New Casino) - Mr. Frank Hector
  • A Man with a Blue Envelope - Mr. Ralph Roberts
  • The Emir of Baluchistan - Mr. J. Grande
  • His Interpreter - Mr. Fred Raynham
  • Sir Basil Bowlwell, R.H.G. - Mr. Jameson Thomas
  • Lord Theodore Wragge - Mr. George Grossmith
  • Lady Theresa Wye - Miss Gladys Homfrey
  • Lady Pansy (The Duke's Daughter) - Miss Madge Saunders
  • Hon. Sapphire Blissett - Miss Julia James
  • Fudge Robinson (Of the "Crimson Comics") - Miss Peggy Kurton
  • Alma, "The Statute of Liberty " - Miss Irene Richards
  • 'Cleo, "The Tiptoe Queen" - Miss Adrah Fair
  • Lady Diana Camden - Miss Ivey Collette
  • Lady Moya - Miss Violet Ashton
  • Molly Pershore - Miss Barbara Dunba
  • Marjorie Carstairs - Miss Connie Guy
  • Lady Lilly - Miss Vera Davis
  • Lady Billy - Miss Lilian Caldicott
  • Elizabeth Anne - Miss Margaret Gamble
  • Mary Ellen - Miss Maudie Dunham
  • Ethel Emily (Mr. Satterthwaite's Daughter) - Miss Joyce Barbour
  • Rosa Maud (Mr. Satterthwaite's Daughter) - Miss Dorothy King
  • Matilda Kate - Miss Cherry Constant
  • Harriett Jane - Miss Mercia Swinburne
  • Charwoman - Miss Muriel Barney

Musical Numbers:


  1. Opening Chorus- "Isn't there a crowd everywhere " (Words by Adrian Ross. Music by Ivor Novello)
  2. Song - "What a Duke should be " (Words by Clifford Grey. Music by Ivor Novello)
  3. Duet - "I'll make myself at home " (Words by Adrian Ross. Music by Ivor Novello)
  4. Song - "I'm getting such a big girl now " (Words by Clifford Grey. Music by Philip Braham)
  5. Song &Dance - "Ev'ry little girl can teach me something new " (Words by Adrian Ross. Music by Ivor Novello)
  6. Song - "The Candy Girls" (Words by Adrian Ross.Music by Ivor Novello)
  7. Sextette - "You'd better not wait for him" (Words by Clifford Grey. Music by Ivor Novello)
  8. Finale — Act I. - "He's going to call on Baby Grand" (Music by Ivor Novello)


  1. OPENING Chorus - "We are Theodore & Co." (Words by Adrian Ross. Music by Ivor Novello)
  2. Song - "Three Hundred and Sixty-five days" (Words by Clifford Grey. Music by Jerome D. Kern)
  3. Song - "That "Come hither" look " (Words by Clifford Grey. Music by Jerome D. Kern)
  4. Song " Any old where " (Words by Clifford Grey. Music by Ivor Novello)
  5. Song & Chorus - "The Casino Music Hall" (Words by Clifford Grey. Music by Jerome D. Kern)
  6. Dance - "Valse Saracenne " (Music by Ivor Novello)
  7. Song - "My friend John " (Words by Clifford Grey. Music by Ivor Novello)
  8. Duet "All that I want is somebody to love me" (Words by Clifford Grey. Music by Jerome D. Kern)
  9. Finale (Music by Ivor Novello)


Song - "My Second Childhood" (Words by David Burnaby & Eric Blore. Music by Philip Braham)

Special Dance in Scene 3 by Miss Adrah Fair and Mr. Robert Roberty. Musical Director - Mr Willy Redstone
Stage Manager - Mr, Chas. A. Maynard.

Scenes and Settings:

ACT I. — Drawing Room at Shetland House, W.


Scene 1. - Mr. Wye's Flat, 300, Clarges Street.
Scene 2. - Box Office of the New Casino.
Scene 3. - Vestibule of the New Casino.