A Gentle Satire on Glasgow Society by C. STEWART BLACK
Presented by THE PROMPT PLAYERS
Produced by HALBERT TATLOCK
The Characters :
The drawing-room of a coast house in Whiting Bay on a summer afternoon
James Forbes (a prosperous Glasgow tradesman):
Charles R. M.
Mrs Forbes (his wife):
Jim Forbes (his son):
Mamie Forbes (his daughter):
Auntie Mirren (his elderly aunt):
Mrs MacNaught (also from Glasgow):
Eva MacNaught (her daughter):
TOM F. Moss
THE TWELVE MORGANETTES
The Empress Playhouse, Glasgow
THE HISTORY of the Empress Playhouse makes fascinating reading. As the West End Playhouse it was opened on August 4, 1913, as a first-class vaudeville hall. Sadly, it was before its time and at once was doomed to failure. During the War it was leased out and showed pictures interspersed with a few short variety turns. In 1920 the lease expired, the proprietors came back, and with James S. Neilson at the helm, determined to win over a cinema audience to variety. At first short pictures-serials and comedies-were retained, but gradually they were cut down and cut down until vaudeville held complete sway again. The audiences were won over and have been loyal ever since, realising that by spending a modest shilling (or less) they can obtain a variety bill that compares favourably with any other bill in Scotland
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