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The Two Virtues


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A comedy by Alfred Sutro.
[Starring] Hugh Sinclair and Margaretta Scott

The scene is laid in London in 1914 at Jeffery Panton's house on Campden Hill and in Mrs. Guildford's house in Chelsea.

[Photo caption] Margaretta Scott as the mysterious Mrs. Guildlord, Hugh Sinclair as the wealthy Jeffery Ponton, and Fabia Drake as the formidable Lady Milligan.

Jeffery Panton, on whose affairs this comedy is chiefly focused, is a languid and wealthy bachelor, involved with the opposite sex. There is the sweet Isabel who, though she has rejected his suit and wed another, comes to him now to put his avowedly deathless devotion to the test; there is his sister, the formidable Lady Milligan, determined to marry him into the best Society; and there is the mysterious Mrs. Guildford whom that Society has placed "outside the pale".
In bringing these three diverse ladies into conflict, with Panton as their battleground, Sutro writes with an eyebrow raised in affectionate quizzery of the social conventions of his time, a habit that gave point and sometimes pungency to his comedies. He was a playwright who throve in the hey-day of the Edwardian drawing-room comedy, and The Two Virtues is one of his most amusing trifles.
(Kenneth A. Hurren)


Author: Alfred Sutro
Producer: Stephen Harrison
Designer: Stewart Marshall
Jeffery Panton: Hugh Sinclair
Baylis: Jonathan Field
Lady Milligan: Fabia Drake
Isabel Jervoise: Sara Gregory
Alice Exern: Marjorie Stewart
Mrs. Guildford: Margaretta Scott
Mary: Alexis Milne
Claude Jervoise: Peter Copley

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