Box B, 1918
Box B, one-act play by Cosmo Gordon Lennox
The London Coliseum, May 6, 1918
|Captain Robert Stroud||Leslie Howard|
|Programme Girl||Elsie Margetson|
|Elaine Vivash||Iris Hoey|
[…] The last new item to be chronicled is “Box B,” Cosmo Gordon Lennox’s one-act comedy, which first saw light in a Royalty triple bill about a year ago. Although it is a very artificial little piece, and better suited for the pages of a monthly magazine than for the stage, it provides a part well adapted to display the unusual talent of Iris Hoey, who, as an actress, is as clever as they make them (and they make them pretty clever nowadays). In addition to this she wears a lovely dress, and looks most adorable in the private box, which forms the novel setting of the sketch. Leslie Howard plays agreeably as the airman hero, and Elsie Margetson, as a programme girl, treats us to one of the most realistic examples of the nuances of cockney I’ve ever heard. Really, some of her vowel sounds are almost as good as Wish Wynne’s. And that is praise , indeed.
(The Era, May 8, 1918)
Originally produced at the Royalty last summer—and duly noticed in these columns—Cosmo Gordon Lennox’s amusing little piece makes a most acceptable item for a variety programme. While being brightly and wittily written, it is not exactly overburdened in the matter of plot, yet it allows Miss Iris Hoey, in the principal part, to exhibit some of her very best work. Leslie Howard, as the young captain, is excellent and the cast is suitably completed by Elsie Margetson as the Programme Girl. “Box B,” which has been effectively produced by Norman McKinnel, was favourably received by a large audience on Monday afternoon.
(The Stage, May 9, 1918)