Leslie Howard On Stage

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1913 December 20 Stanley Hall, Upper Norwood, London – amatorial production
Deception by Leslie Howard Steiner
Directed by H.L. Tracy
Cast: F. G. Mitchell (Rutherford); F.C. Buser (Tollemache); Leslie Howard Steiner (Wilson Smith)
The Perplexed Husband by Alfred Sutro
Cast: Doris Steiner, Lorna Butler, Leslie Howard Steiner
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1916 Summer-Fall tournée Peg O’ My Heart by J. Hartley Manners
1916-1917 Winter-Spring tournée Charley’s Aunt by Brandon Thomas
Brandon Thomas Company
Cast: James E. Page (Stephen Spettigue); J.R. Crauford (Col. Sir Francis Chesney); Leslie Howard (Jack Chesney); G.W. Pilkington (Charley Wykeham); Anthony Holles (Lord Fancourt Babberley); Sydney Compton (Brassett, College Scout); Ada Ferrar (Donna Lucia D’Alvadorez) ; Edith Hobbs (Amy Spettigue) ; Doris Hall (Kitty Verdun) ; Margot Spencer (Ela Delahay)
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1917 June 10

[Strand Theatre, London
The Tidings Brought to Mary by Paul Claudel]
[The information about Leslie Howard's participation in this play is still to be supported by documents]
[Pioneer Players directed by Edith Craig]
Cast: Kathleen Hazel Johns (Violaine); Mona Limerick (Mara); William Stack (Pierre de Craon); Gigia Filippi (The Mother); Orlando Barnett (Anne Vercors); Henry Oscar (Jacques Hury); Patrick Kirwan (Mayor of Chevoche); Hubert Woodward (Perrot); [Leslie Howard (the Apprentice)]

Summer-Fall tournée Under Cover by Roi Cooper Megrue
Matheson Lang Company
Cast: Matheson Lang (Steven Denby); Ida Stratham (Ethel Cartwright); Fred Lewis (Michael Harrington); Helen Russell (Mrs. Harrington); Leyton Cancellor (Daniel Taylor); Jane Grahame (Nora Ruttledge); Leslie Howard (Monty Vaughan)
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1918 February 14 New Theatre, London
The Freaks by Arthur Wing Pinero
Cast: Ordinary Mortals: Irene Rook (Mrs. Herrick nata Smith); Leslie Howard (Ronald, her son); Isobel Elsom (Sheila, her daughter); Helen Ferrers (Lady Ball-Jennings); Fred Kerr (Sir Norton Ball-Jennings); Charles V. France (Rev. Stephen Green); Nigel Playfair (Mr. Edward Waterfield); Ann Walden (Collingridge); Dorothy Stephen (Luff); Extraordinary Mortals: Ben Webster (Horatio Tilney); Walter C. Lake (James Eddows); Katie Snow (Thomas Quincy Pratt); Babs Farren (Julie Maud Pratt); Laura Cowie (Rosa Balmano)
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March 19; April 14 Comedy Theatre; King's Hall, London
Romanticismo by Gerolamo Rovetta, translated by F.M. Rinkin
Pioneer Players directed by Edith Craig
Cast: Cowey Wright (Count Vitaliano Lamberti); Ruth Bower (Countess Anna Lamberti); Martin Lewis (Rodolfo Cezky); Leslie Howard (Marquis Giacomino d’Arfo); Saba Raleigh (Countess Teresa Lamberti); Norman V. Norman (Rienz);Tom Hosiewood
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April 1st Grand Theatre, Croydon
The Morals of Vanda by A.G. Rhode
Cast: William Stack (Dr. Carlyon); Hazel May (Vanda Mortimer); H.K. Ayliff (Joseph Mortimer); Leslie Howard (Leonard Mortimer); Rupert Stutfield (Elsmere Grant); Walter Raymond (Rev. Robert Checksfield); Lillian Tweed (Elizabeth Checksfield); Benedick Butler (Binks); Elsie Donalds (Ellen); Gerald Johns (Charles); Helen Colville (Leeson); Julian Gade (first detective); James Ford (second detective); Frances Wetherall (Lady Gruber)
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May 6 London Coliseum, London
Box B by Cosmo Gordon Lennox
Cast: Leslie Howard (Capt. Robert Stroud); Elsie Margetson (the Programme Girl); Iris Hoey (Elaine Vevash)
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June 3 Prince of Wales Theatre, Birmingham
Sinners by Brandon Fleming
Cast: H.K. Ayliff (Sir Noel Barchester); Dennis Wyndham (John Lynton); Leslie Howard (Robert Ransom); Wilfred E. Payne (James Mountford); Ruth Brook (Maid); Eva Leonard Boyne (Marion Barchester); Gertrude Sterroll (Lady Barchester); Marga La Rubia (Ruth Carleon)
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July 20 Royalty Theatre, London
The Title by Arnold Bennett
Cast: C. Aubrey Smith (Mr. Culver); Leslie Howard (John Culver); Martin Lewis (Tranto); Nigel Playfair (Sampson Straight); Eva Moore (Mrs. Culver); Joyce Carey (Hildegarde Culver); Gertrude Sterroll (Starkey); Archie Varre (Parlourmaid)
The Play Pictorial, no. 198, 1918 (pdf)
Other Documents (pdf)
1919 April 3 Criterion Theatre, London
Our Mr. Hepplewhite by Gladys Unger
Cast: Meta Pelham (Keturah, Countess of Lamberhurst); Mary Moore (Ernestine, Lady Bagley); Kate Cutler (Marchesa Di Candia); Mary Merrall (The Hon. Jane Bagley); Violet Graham (Miss Adela Hacks); Joan Pereira (Mrs. Appenzell); Dawson Milward (The Earl of Lamberhurst); Gerald McCarthy (The Hon. Adrian Dalgieish); A. Bromley Davensport (Sir Nicholan Parritt); Leslie Howard (Lord Bagley); Arthur Wontner (Mr. Herbert Hepplewhite)
Programme (pdf)
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Gallery
November 24 West Pier, Brighton
Just a Wife or Two by Christopher St. John (Christabel Gertrude Marshall) and Anthony L. Ellis, from a play by Gerbidon and Armont
Produced by Edith Craig
Stage Manager Arthur Bowers
Music Director H. Crapps
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)
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1920 January 5 New Theatre, London
Mr. Pim Passes By by A.A. Milne
Cast: Ben Webster (George Marden); Irene Vanbrugh (Olivia); Georgette Cohan (Dinah); Ethel Griffies (Lady Marden); Leslie Howard (Brian Strange); Dion Boucicault (Carraway Pim); Ethel Wellesley (Anne)
Programme (pdf)
February 10 Prince of Wales’ Theatre, London
The Young Person in Pink by Gertrude Jennings
Produced by Ben Webster
Cast: Gladys Calthrop (Emily de Voysey), Reginald Bach (The Park Keeper), Joyce Carey (Leonora), Mary Brough (The Woman With Balloons), Sydney Fairbrother (Mrs. Badger), Mary Jerrold (Ada), Jean Cadell (Miss Winch), Leslie Howard (Lord Stevenage (Toby)), Lady Tree (Lady Tonbridge), Helen Haye (Mrs. Courtney Millar), Mabel Terry Lewis (Lady Sara Aldine), Molly Balvaird Hewett (Louisa); Dora Gregory (Duchess of Hampshire's Maid)
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February 16 Duke of York’s Theatre, London
Kitty Breaks Loose by Kingston Stack
Directed by Charles La Trobe
Cast: O.D. Roberts (Old Mad Pat), Leslie Howard (Jack Wilson/Sir John Wilde), Mary Peter (Kitty Oldfield), Ethel Newman (Lady Hartley Oldfield), Arthur Whitby (Lord Hartley Oldfield), Eric Cowley (Lord Arthur Francis), Helen Haye (Lady Eleanor Sinclair), Roy Beard (Hall), Theodor Stack (Buster), Pete Lade, Barry O' Brien jr., Ernest Norris, W. Earle Grey (the butler, the policeman)
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June 9 Lyric Theatre, London
East Is West by Samuel Shipman e John B. Hymer
Produced by Clifford Brooke
Ouverture and Chinese songs by Robert Hood Bowers
Cast: Leslie Howard (Billy Benson); Frank E. Petley (Lo Sang Kee); Arthur Hatherton (Hop Toy); Iris Hoey (Ming Toy); Frank Wood (Chang Lee); Ronald Squire (James Potter); George Nash (Charlie Young); Julia Hay (Mildred Benson); Helen Rous (Mrs. Benson); Arthur Cullin (Mr. Andrew Benson)
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November 1st Henry Miller’s Theatre, New York
Just Suppose by A.E. Thomas
Directed by A.L. Erlanger
Cast: George Pauncefort (Kingsley Stafford); Lawrence Eddinger (Hannibal); Mrs. Thomas Whiffen (Mrs. Carter Stafford); William J. Keighley (Montgomery Warren); Patricia Collinge (Linda Lee Stafford); Leslie Howard (Hon. Sir Calverton Shipley); Geoffrey Kerr (George); Fred Kerr (The Marquis of Kamaby)
Gallery
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December 10 Morosco Theatre, New York
P’s and Q’s by Annie Nathan-Meyer Cast: Joan McLean (Jessie Denslow); Geoffrey Kerr (Harry Barman); Leslie Howard (Charley Stark§); Mrs. Thomas Whiffen (Mrs. Denslow)
1921 October 10 Gaiety Theatre, New York
The Wren by Booth Tarkington
Cast: George Fawcett (Cap’n Olds); Marion Abbott (Mrs. Freehart); John Flood (Frazee); Sam Reed (Francis); Pauline Armitage (Mrs. Frazee); Leslie Howard (Roddy); Helen Hayes (Seeby)
December 22 Thirty-ninth Street Theatre, New York
Danger by Cosmo Hamilton
Cast: Gilda Leary (Mrs. Sturgess); Leslie Howard (Percy Sturgess); Marie Goff (Mrs. Scorrier) (Tallulah Bankhead took the role on January 23); Ruth Hammond (Elizabeth); Kathlene MacDonell (Mary Hubbard); H.B. Warner (John Fitzroy Scorrier); Stapleton Kent (Albert); Knox Orde (The Hon. Algernon Meskin); J.B. Johnson (Colonel Kaw, a Theatrical Manager); Harry Kittredge (Philippe, a Footman)
1922 14 March Booth Theatre, New York
The Truth About Blayds by A.A. Milne
Produced by Winthrop Ames; Stage design by Norman Bell Geddes
Cast: O.P. Heggie (Oliver Blayds); Alexandra Carlisle (Isobel); Vane Featherston (Marion Blayds-Conway); Ferdinand Gottschalk (William Blayds-Conway); Leslie Howard (Oliver Blayds-Conway); Frieda Inescort (Septima Blayds-Conway); Gilbert Emery (A.L. Royce); Mary Gayley (Parsons)
24 August Little Theatre, New York
A Serpent’s Tooth by Arthur Richman
Produced by John Golden; Staged by Robert Milton
Cast: W. Graham Browne (Morgan Trendell); John Clements (A Caterer); Howard Freeman (Bert Boyd); Leslie Howard (Jerry Middleton); Robert Lowe (Percival Faraday); Ann Merrick (Janet Trendell); Anne Sutherland (Mildred Sherwood); Marie Tempest (Alice Middleton); Josephine Williams (Fanny)
17 November Comedy Theatre, New York
The Romantic Age by A.A. Milne
Produced by Hugh Ford and Frederick Stanhope; Staged by Frederick Stanhope
Cast: Daisy Belmore (Mrs. Knowles); Margalo Gillmore (Melisande, her daugter); Jean Ford (Jane Bagot, her niece); Ida Molten (Alice); Marsh Allen (Mr. Knowles); Neil Martin (Bobby); Leslie Howard (Gervase Mallory); Paul Giaccia (Ern); J.M. Kerrigan (Master Susan)
25 December Broadhurst Theatre, New York
The Lady Cristilinda by Monckton Hoffe
Produced by William Harris, jr.; Staged by Robert Milton
Cast: Frank Arundel (Frederick); Fay Bainter (The Lady Cristilinda); Arthur Barry (The Bishop of Uttoxeter); St. Clair Bayfield (Father Reaney); Henry Burbage (Policeman); Charles Cheltenham (Chauffeur); Roy Cochrane (H. S. Tucker, M.P.); J. Malcolm Dunn (The Marquis of Leith); Courtenay Foote (Rapho); Ferdinand Gottschalk (Iky-Mo); Lawrence Grant (Col. Thackeray Martyn); Ethelbert Hales (Lord Llanelly); Leslie Howard (Martini); A. P. Kaye (His Worship, the Mayor of Hammerpool); Thomas Louden (Mr. Inklethorp); Gavin Muir (H.R.H. the Duke of Calshot); Elizabeth Patterson (Froggy); Eugene Powers (Sir Julius Samoon)
1923 February Comedy Theatre, New York
Anything Might Happen by Edgar Selwyn
Produced and directed by Edgar Selwyn
Cast: Ruth Findlay (Gladys Barry); Roland Young (Richard Keating); Montague Rutherford (Weeks); Leslie Howard (Hal Turner); C. Haviland Chappell (A Doorman); Estelle Winwood (Helen Springer); Lucia Moore (Mrs. Springer); Arthur Lubin (A Waiter); Isabel Garrison (Mrs. Barry); Helen Cromwell (Agnes Farrington); C. Haviland Chappell (Howard Matthews); Arthur Lubin (Maitre d’Hotel); Joan Treffry (Miss Wilson); Florence Clarke (Miss Craig)
21 May Gaiety Theatre, New York
Aren’t We All? by Frederick Lonsdale
Produced by Charles Dillingham
Cast: George Tawde (Morton); Leslie Howard (Hon. Willie Tatham); Mabel Terry-Lewis (Lady Frinton); Denis Gurney (Arthur Wells); Jack Whiting (Martin Steele); Roberta Beatty (Kitty Lake); Cyril Maude (Lord Grenham); Alma Tell (Margot Tatham); F. Gatenby Bell (Roberts); Marguerite St. John (Hon. Mrs. Ernest Lynton); Harry Ashford (Rev. Ernest Lynton); Geoffrey Millar (John Willocks)
1924 7 January Ritz Theatre, New York
Outward Bound by Sutton Vane
Produced by William Harris Jr., directed by Robert Milton
Cast: J.M. Kerrigan (Scrubby); Margalo Gillmore (Ann); Leslie Howard (Henry); Alfred Lunt (Mr. Prior); Charlotte Granville (Mrs. Cliveden-Banks); Lyonel Watts (Rev. William Duke); Beryl Mercer (Mrs. Midget); Eugene Powers (Mr. Lingley); Dudley Digges (Rev. Frank Thompson)
25 August Forty-ninth Street Theatre, New York
The Werewolf by Gladys Unger
adapted from The Werwolf by Rudolph Lothar
Produced by George B. Lellan, directed by Clifford Brooke
Cast: Ruth Mitchell (Caterina); Gaby Fleury (Nina); Vincent Serrano (Vincente); Edwin Nicander (Florencio De Viana); Sydney Paxton (The Priest); Laura Hope Crews (Duchess of Capablanca); Marion Coakley (Camilla); Leslie Howard (Paolo Moreira); Lennox Pawle (Eliphas Leone)
1925 13 January Empire Theatre, New York
Shall We Join the Ladies? by James Matthew Barrie
Produced by Charles Frohman, directed by Frank Reicher
Cast: Grace Ade (Miss Isit); Maud Andrew (Miss Valie); Ilka Chase (Mrs. Castro); Shirley Gale (Lady Wrathie); Denis Gurney (Mr. Gourlay); Mary Heberden (Lucy, the Maid); Leslie Howard (Mr. Preen); A. P. Kaye (Sam Smith); Margaret Lawrence (Lady Jane Raye); Vera Fuller Mellish (Mrs. Bland); Henry Mowbray (Captain Jennings); Robert Noble (Dolphin); Harry Plimmer (Sir Joseph Wrathie); Jane Saville (Mrs. Preen); George Short (Policeman); Lyonel Watts (Mr. Valie)
Isabel by Curt Goetz
Produced by Charles Frohman, directed by Frank Reicher
Cast: Leslie Howard (Peter Graham); P. Kaye (Miteby); Margaret Lawrence (Isabel); Edna May Oliver (Aunt Olivia); Lyonel Watts (Prof. Wilton Shawle)
15 September Broadhurst Theatre, New York
The Green Hat by Michael Arlen
Staged by Guthrie McClintic; produced by A.H. Woods
Cast: Antoinette Parr (A Lady’s Maid); John Buckler (An English Reporter); Gustave Rolland (Manager of the Hotel Vendome); A.P. Kaye (Dr. Conrad Masters); Paul Guilfoyle (Gerald Havele March); Leslie Howard (Napier Harpender); Eugene Powers (Major Gen. Harpender); Gordon Ash (Hilary Townshend); Katharine Cornell (Iris Fenwick, nee March); Margalo Gillmore (Venice Pollen); John Redmond (Lord De Travest); Jane Saville (A Lady); Harry Lilford (Turner); Gwyneth Gordon (Sister Virginia); Anne Tonetti (Sister Clothilde); Florence Foster (Madelaine); Harry Barfoot (Truble)
1926 27 July Queen’s Theatre, London
The Way You Look at It by Edward William Bootle-Wilbraham, Third Earl of Lathom
Cast: Tom Nesbit (Tony Jardine); Reginald Smith (Mears); Martita Hunt (Jill Rendon); Leslie Howard (Bobby Rendon); Isabel Jeans (Sibyl Risley); Edna Best (Joan Merrow); Alan Webb (First Waiter); Edmund Gordon (Second Waiter); Veronica Turleigh (Flower Girl)
20 December Broad Street Theatre, Newark (try-out only, the play never reached Broadway)
Mayfair by St. Clair Scott e Caswell Garth
produced by George C. Tyler and Basil Dean
Cast: Estelle Winwood, Leslie Howard, Margaret Lawrence, David Hawthorne
1927 21 March Empire Theatre, New York
Her Cardboard Lover by Valerie Wyngate e P.G. Wodehouse da Jacques Deval
Produced by A.H. Woods and Gilbert Miller
Directed by Gilbert Miller
Cast: Jeanne Eagels (Simone); Charles Esdale (A Croupier); Leslie Howard (André Sallicel); Arthur Lewis (Charly); Stanley Logan (Tony Lagorce); Terence Neill (Paul Guisard); Ernest Stallard (Monsieur Bonnavant); Henry Vincent (Cloak Room Attendant); Valerie Wyngate (Albine)
29 September Bijou Theatre, New York
Murray Hill by Leslie Howard
Presented by the Messrs. Schubert
Staged by Leslie Howard; settings by Rollo Wayne
Cast: Harry Lillford (Vane); Alice May Tuck (Mrs. Cass); Florence Edney (May Tweedle); Gaby Fay (Elizabeth Tweedle); John Brewer (George Appleway); Genevieve Tobin (Amelia Tweedle); Glenn Anders (Worthington Smythe); Leslie Howard (Wrigley)
26 October Booth Theatre, New York
Escape by John Galsworthy
Produced and staged by Winthrop Ames
Cast: Leslie Howard (Matt Denant); Henrietta Goodwin (The Girl of the Town); Edgar B. Kent (The Plain Clothes Man; The Dartmoor Constable); A.B.I. Imeson (The Policeman; The Warder); F. Cecil Butler (The Other Policeman; The Other Laborer); Lawrence Hanray (The Fellow Convict; The Old Gentleman; The Farmer); Edgar B. Kent (The Other Warder); Frieda Inescort (The Shingled Lady); Cyrena Smith (The Maid); J.P. Wilson (The Shopkeeper); Lily Kerr (His Wife); Ruth Vivian (His Sister); St.Clair Bayfield (The Captain; The Laborer); Alan Trotter (The Man in Plus Fours; The Bellringer); Viva Tattersall (His Wife); Geraldine Kay (The Little Girl); Renee Macready (Miss Dora); Lois Heatherley (Miss Grace); Austin Trevor (The Parson)
1928 21 August Lyric Theatre, London
Her Cardboard Lover by Valerie Wyngate e P.G. Wodehouse da Jacques Deval – (with Tallulah Bankhead)
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1929 6 March Lyric Theatre, London
Berkeley Square by John L. Balderston – (with Jean Forbes-Robertson)
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30 September Empire Theatre, New York
Candle Light by Siegfried Geyer e P.G. Wodehouse
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4 November Lyceum Theatre, New York
Berkeley Square by John L. Balderston – (with Margalo Gillmore)
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1930 8 February Booth Theatre, New York – as director
Out of A Blue Sky by Leslie Howard da Hans Chlumberg
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1932 12 January Broadhurst Theatre, New York
The Animal Kingdom by Philip Barry
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3 March Booth Theatre, New York – as director
We Are No Longer Children by Leopold Marchand
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1933 19 October Lyric Theatre, London
This Side Idolatry by Talbot L. Jennings
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1935 7 January Broadhust Theatre, New York
The Petrified Forest by Robert E. Sherwood
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1936 10 November Imperial Theatre, New York
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
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1937 27 September Little Theatre, Bristol– as director
Alias Mrs. Jones by Leslie Howard
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1942 25 September St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
Cathedral Steps by Clemence Dane– as Horatio Nelson –
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