TRAVELLER'S JOY PLAY CAST - SHOW BILL SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: YVONNE ARNAUD, CHARLES VICTOR, SHELAGH FRASER, DORA BRYAN, NOELE GORDON, DEREK AYLWARD, ARTHUR MACRAE, DOROTHY WARD - HFSID 142996
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TRAVELLER'S JOY PLAY CAST: YVONNE ARNAUD, DORA BRYAN, SHEDAGH FRASER, NOELE GORDON, ARTHUR MACRAE, DEREK AYLWARD, CHARLES VICTOR and DOROTHY WARDThe play cast of Traveller's Joy sign their names on this showbill from 1948 Show Bill Signed: "Dorothy Ward" and "Shedagh Fraser" on front cover and "Best Wishes/Noele Gordon", "Yvonne Arnaud", "Arthur Macrae", "Charles Victor", "Dora Bryan" and "Derek Aylward", 4¾x7. London, June 2, 1948.Showbill for the farcical comedy Traveller's Joy, by Arthur Macrae, at the Criterion Theatre. This door-slamming farce tells the tale of Reggie (Victor) and Bumble Pelham (Arnaud), a divorced couple living hand-to-mouth in Stockholm. Before they can leave for their native England, Reggie and Bumble must first pay their hotel bill. To raise the necessary funds, they must pretend that they're still married. Dorothy Ward (1911-1988) was an actress known for her roles on the stage and screen. She appeared in a series of shorts in the late 1920s-1930s including Joy Street (1929), The Flying Fool (1929), Love Pains (1932) and What's To Do? (1933). Ward was also featured in the Broadway shows "Phoebe of Quality Street" and "The Whirl of New York". Shelagh Fraser (1920-2000) was an English actress. She was best known for her role as Luke Skywalker's ill-fated aunt, Beru Lars in Star Wars (though Fraser's voice was dubbed in some later prints of the film). She appeared in more than 50 films and TV shows during her career. She achieved national prominence as the matriarch of the family in A Family at War (1970-1972). Noele "Nolly" Gordon (1923-1985) appeared on stage and in a few films (Lisbon Story, 1946), but built a large fan following on Britain's ITV-TV soap, Crossroads, as Meg Mortimer, owner of the Crossroads Motel. When ITV ended her contract in 1981, the motel burned down in an episode which left Meg's survival in doubt. She reappeared happily in a subsequent, farewell episode, sailing away on the QE2 to begin a new life. The actress appeared in 219 episodes of the show. Yvonne Arnaud (1892-1958), originally a child prodigy on piano, turned to stage musicals and then to acting. French by birth, she performed often on British and American stages, making her first Broadway appearance in 1911. Arthur Macrae (b. 1908), born William Arthur Schröpfer, was a writer and actor, known for the films She Shall Have Music (1935), Under Your Hat (1940) and Encore (1951).He also wrote or acted in the plays "George and Margaret", Under the Counter", "Traveller's Joy" and "John Murray Anderson's Almanac". British actor Charles Victor(1896-1965), who appeared with Parker in Caesar and Cleopatra (1946), had over 100 other roles on television and film over decades. He's most remembered for his parts in The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) and the 49th Parallel (1941). He travelled internationally portraying Alfred P. Doolittle in the musical My Fair Lady, even performing on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1961. Derek Aylward (1922-2005) was a British actor, known for his parts in such films as School for Sex (1969), Man of Violence (1971) and The Dirtiest Girl I Ever Met (1970). Dora Bryan (1923-2014), a child actress in pantomimes and regional theatre, made her West End debut in a revival of Private Lives. In film from the late 1940s, she often played a loose lady in movies like The Blue Lamp (1950). She won BAFTA's Most Promising Newcomer for A Taste of Honey (1961), and released a Christmas song, "All I Want for Christmas is a Beatle" (1963). She had her own TV series, According to Dora, in 1968. She never abandoned the stage, appearing in popular London productions of "Gentleman Prefer Blondes" (1962) and "Hello, Dolly!" (1966-1968), and hosted her own stage reviews, including "An Evening with Dora Bryan and Friends" (1968). She made her Broadway debut as Mrs. Pearce in "Pygmalion" in 1987 and won an Olivier Award for a West End production of Pinter's "The Birthday Party" in 1996, honored with an OBE the same year. Her autobiography, According to Dora, was published in 1987 and updated a decade later. Lightly creased and soiled. Erased pencil note (unknown hand) at upper margin of cover. Opened seal on left edge of front and back covers. Otherwise, fine condition.
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