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Excelsior
The Playhouse Theatre, Charing Cross, London
1928






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"Excelsior", a play that Gladys had previously performed in alongside John Gielgud when it was known as "L'Ecole des Cocottes".   H. M. Harwood adapted the play from the French version.

The play concerned the transition of Ginette from an impoverished Montmartre girl to the mistress of an impressive mansion and a less impressive corset manufacturer.

Gladys' sister Doris also appeared in the cast in the role of Berthe, a maid.  Doris was alarmed to notice a regular hiss from the audiences on several evenings during her performances, only to later discover that it was in fact the audience whispering to each other "That's Gladys Cooper's sister".

The play lasted thirteen weeks at the Playhouse Theatre.



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Play Title :-
Excelsior




Year / Date  Produced :-
1928




Presented at :-
The Playhouse Theatre, Charing Cross, London. 

Sole Lessee, Gladys Cooper.




Presented by :-
Gladys Cooper




Written by :-
Paul Armont and Marcel Gerbidon. 

Adapted by H. M. Harwood.




The Cast :- Naomi Jacob
- Madame Bernoux


Hermione Baddeley
- Amelie


Gladys Cooper
- Ginette


Denys Blakelock
- Robert


Ernest Thesiger
- Stanislas


Nigel Bruce
- Labaume


Doris Cooper
- Berthe


Athole Stewart
- Racinet


David Dilworth
- Auguste


Tom Mills
- Marc


H. Brough-Robertson
- Guard



Act I.
Montmartre.

Act II. Rue d'Anjou.

Act III. 
Avenue du Bois de Boulogne.




Stage Director :- Mr. J. Wallett Waller




Manager :- Mr. Wm. Patrick




Costumes :-
Miss Gladys Cooper's dresses in Acts II and III designed by Molyneux, Paris.




Scenery :- By J. A. Fraser




Furniture :- Furniture in Acts I and II supplied by J. S. Lyon Ltd., High Holborn.

The decoration of the Third Act arranged and the furniture supplied by Mr. Thornton-Smith, of Soho Square, London.