Gladys Cooper




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Gladys Cooper




The Sacred Flame
Duke of York's Theatre, St. Martin's Lane, London


"The Sacred Flame", a controversial play about euthanasia which dealt simply and formally with the right of a mother to allow her son to die when his life becomes no longer feasible.

Gladys had previously appeared in "The Sacred Flame" in 1929 when she managed The Playhouse Theatre and at the time she performed the part of Stella.  Thirty seven years on and Gladys now plays the part of the mother, Mrs. Tabret.

Despite a strong cast including Wendy Hiller the play ran for only seven weeks.


Play Title :-
The Sacred Flame

Year / Date  Produced :-

Presented at :-
Duke of York's Theatre, St. Martin's Lane, London.

Presented by :-
John Gale and Allan Davis & The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.

Written by :-
W. Somerset Maugham. 

The Cast :- Lana Morris
- Stella

Gladys Cooper - Mrs. Tabret

Wendy Hiller
- Nurse Wayland

Jean Holness
- Alice

John Merivale
- Maurice Tabret

Jack Gwillim
- Dr. Harvester

Leo Genn
- Major Liconda

Terence Longdon
- Colin

The action takes place at Gatley House, Mrs. Tabret's residence near London.

Act I.
An evening in June.  After dinner.

Act II. Before lunch the following day.

Act III. 
After lunch.

General Manager :- Martin Tickner

Company and Stage Manager :- Owen Griffith

Deputy Stage Manager :- Simon Wincer

Assistant Stage Manager :- Susan Hardie

Wardrobe Mistress :- Dolly Hodges

General Manager for Duke of York's theatre :- Robert Howard

Ladies Dresses :-
Designed by Owen Hyde-Clarke of Worth.

Wigs by :- Wig Creations

Men's Costumes by :- Nathans

Stand Fast Whisky by :- Grants

Plymouth Gin by :- Coates

Furniture by :- Louis Koch & Son and Old Times Furnishing Co.

Additonal lighting equipment by :- Theatre Projects

Stockings by :- Kayser

Wardrobe care by :- Lux

Floral decoration by :- Flowersby

Light fittings by :- J.M.B.

Soda water by :- Schweppes

Champagne by :- Veuve-Ponsardin

Ladies make up by :- Harriet Hubbard Ayer