Grafton Theatre, London
Address: London, UK
Performances at this Theatre
|27 Jun 1930||Annajanska, The Wild Grand Duchess||Professional|
Performed for at least one month here. ‘A G.B.S. TRIFLE. Mr. G. B. Shaw … needs no little theatre to encourage him, and his Annajanska seemed rather a poor Joke, and was played much too slowly' (Daily Herald, 28 June 1930). The Era noted: 'Mr. Shaw’s 'Annajanska, the Bolshevik Empress', is certainly not highbrow. It is a little piece that was written for Miss Lillah McCarthy to play the Coliseum, and it is hardly worth reviving at this stage in the famous author’s career; nor was well acted, although Miss Mirian Elliott was vigorously intense as the Grand Duchess' (Era, 2 July 1930). Performed on the same bill were: 'Fledglings', a play in one act by Ferenc Molnar; a burlesque entitled 'Pages from the Magazines: Her Honour in the Toils of Love Pardons All: A Glimpse of Life in 2 Throbs'; dances by Margaret Morris; music-hall songs of 1860; ultra-modern songs of 1930; comic songs of pre-War Germany; 'Patterns', a poem by Amy Lowell; 'The Bright Young People'; 'Les Vedettes'; 'The Old Firm’s Awakening' by A. J. Talbot. (Sources: The Era, 25 and 2 July 1930, The Stage 26 June 1930, The Sketch 23 July 1930).