Just a Wife or Two, 1919
Just a Wife or Two, adapted from Gerbidon and Armont’s play by Christopher St. John and Anthony L. Ellis
produced by Edith Craig
Stage Manager Arthur Bowers
Music Director H. Crapps
Brighton, West Pier, November 24, 1919, 3.00-8.00 p.m.
Cast: Leslie Howard (Victor Hamilton), C. Wordley Hulse (Mr. Drage), Alan Stephenson (Henry Woolridge), Jack Verity (Alexander MacKoniche), John Killner (Ronald Lang), A. Broomley Davenport (Gabb), Stanley Killby (Mr. Coote), Arthur Bowers (Alfred), Joan Chaloner (Blanche Drage), Hazel Jones (Janet Drage), Jean Cavendish (Georgie Lemaire), Violet Blythe-Pratt (Lulu), Joan Pereira (Madame Robin), Ruth Evelyn (Gertie Trench), Elsie June (Julia)
London, Eng., Dec. 19.—London is rather delighted over the French farce “Just a Wife or Two,” which is being presented here. The play is from the pen of Christopher St. John and A. L. Ellis, who translated it from the French of Gerbidon and Armont.
The story has to do with a certain young man, Victor by name, who has been left a large fortune, on the condition that he marry one of two daughters. He arrives in his full splendor, only to find that the girls are engaged, and that neither of them cares to marry him. However, the money is there and must not be allowed to go to waste. So we find Victor married to the first daughter, Blanche, on the condition that he be only an honorary and platonic husband.
Blanche’s sworn love returns from an expedition, to South. Africa and wants his own girl back. Victor gets a divorce. In order to keep the money, he must marry Janet, the younger daughter. This is done, on the same condition that he married Blanche. After a while, Janet and Victor find that they really love each other, so they become husband and wife in earnest.
In the cast are Leslie Howard, C. Wordley Halse, Bromley Davenport, Jack Verity, John Kilmer, Arthur Bowers, Joan Challoner, Hasel Jones, Jean Cavendish, Violet Wythe-Pratt, Joan Pereira, Ruth Evelyn and Elsie June. Edith Craig produced the play.
(The New York Clipper, December 24, 1919)
[…] The play is full of humour. It is, moreover, presented by a first-class company. Mr. A. Bromley Davenport makes the most of the many opportunities given to him as Gabb, who has an astonishing way of making a muddle of every situation until it is absolutely hopeless. Mr. Leslie Howard plays the difficult part of Victor with much skill. Blanche and Janet are impersonated with marked ability by Miss Joan Chaloner and Miss Hazel Jones, and Miss Jean Cavndish earns golden opinions by her artistic work as a woman of the world.
(The Stage, November 27, 1919)
A programme can be found in the papers of Ellen Terry and Edith Craig at the National Trust property, Smallhythe Place, Tenterden, Kent, UK. (http://www.ellenterryarchive.hull.ac.uk/802)