(See also 'Wartime Interlude - September 1st. <http://earnoldbennett.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/wartime-interlude.html>)
On Monday, March 3rd., we went to London (Berkeley Hotel) for the dinner to celebrate Mrs. Atkins's recovery, and for the anniversary of "Milestones", and for the rehearsals of "The Great Adventure". After being very lively at the Atkinses' dinner at the Cafe Royal on Monday, Marguerite fell ill. No sleep. No sleep for two nights. I had Farrar and then two nurses. One of them, an Irish woman, lively, who broke most things she touched, came up with us to Comarques on Monday,March 10th., and stayed about a week. The "Milestones" anniversary supper was a great success except for the absence of Marguerite.
"Great Adventure" produced at Kingsway on Tuesday, March 25th.
Knoblock told me about a fortnight ago that in discussing terms for French contract for "Milestones" with Lucien Guitry he said, to shelter himself behind me as regards certain conditions: "M. Bennett est tres autoritaire," whereupon Guitry said: "Quelle belle chose, l'autorite: mais - pourtant ...!"
We went to London on Saturday last, and I saw my first public performance of "The Great Adventure". House held £125. Barrie with an adopted son on either side was there and he never laughed. C.K. Shorter in a box opposite roared nearly all the time. Wish Wynne a genius. (See also 'Wet and dark in London' March 17th. <http://earnoldbennett.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/wet-and-dark-in-london.html>) I formed the opinion that there was a goodish run in the play.
|Janet Beecher as Alice Chalice |
in an American production
of "The Great Adventure"
|Vincent Price and Patricia Routledge|
in "Darling of the Day"