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The Better 'Ole,   
or, The Romance of Old Bill

Performances suspended from Aug. 21-Sept. 8, 1919 due to Actors' Equity Strike.
Greenwich Village Theatre, (10/19/1918 - Closing date unknown)
Cort Theatre, (11/18/1918 - Closing date unknown)
Booth Theatre, (6/16/1919 - 8/21/1919)
Booth Theatre, (9/08/1919 - 10/04/1919)
First Preview: Total Previews:
Opening Date: Oct 19, 1918    
Closing Date: Oct 04, 1919 Total Performances: 353

Category: Special, Comedy, Extravaganza, Original, Broadway
Description: A Comedy with Music in Two Acts, 7 Scenes and an Epilogue
Setting: Before Novermber 10, 1918 somewhere in France and somewhere in England

Production Staff
Produced by Charles Coburn and Mrs. Charles Coburn
Book by Bruce Bairnsfather and Capt. Arthur Elliott; Music by Herman Darewski; Lyrics by Percival Knight and James Heard; Music arranged by Herman Darewski; Musical Director: Eliott Schenck; Featuring songs by Florence Methven, Oliver DeGerde and Peter Bernard; Featuring songs with lyrics by Marion Gillespie and W. R. Titterton
Staged by Percival Knight; Choreographed by Lily Leonora
Scenic Design by Ernest Albert; Costume Design by Christie and Co. and Mme. Broich
Kenyon BishopMaggie, Mrs. Bill Busby
Eugene BordenA French Porter
Colin CampbellAlf
Mollie CarrollHelene from Belgium
Nevin ClarkMilitary Postman
An Old Villager
A Tommy
Charles CoburnOld Bill
Mrs. Charles CoburnVictoire
J.M. DeeterA Tommy
Mona DesmondeSuzette from France
Charles EngelsA Tommy
William FishA Tommy
Vici IoucelliA Tommy
Athalie JenkinsMaggie from Scotland
Therese JosephsRosa from Italy
Theodora KeenePeg from Canada
Albert KenwayA Tommy
Gwen LewisAngele
George LoganThe Vicar
A Tommy
Charles McNaughtonBert
Hazel O'BrienSuzette from France
Lillian SpencerCaptain of the Women's Workers' Camp
William SwayneA Tommy
Edwin TaylorThe Sergeant Major
Howard TaylorA French Officer
Lark TaylorCaptain Milne
A Spy
Helen TildenBerthe
Marguerite TorreyMollie from Ireland
Ruth UrbanMary Brown from America
Ruth VivianKate
Henry WardA Tommy
Henry WarwickThe Colonel
Rene WrenA Tommy
Eugenie YoungRachel
Nancy from England
music by Herman Darewski; lyrics by Percival Knight and James Heard
(Unless otherwise noted)

TommySuzette from France and Tommies
(When You Take) That Trip Across the Rhine
(music by Percival Knight)
Captain of the Women's Workers' Camp and Women War Workers
(My Word! Ain't We) Carrying On
(lyrics by Percival Knight, James Heard, Herman Darewski and Melville Gideon)
Bert, Alf and Old Bill
We Wish We Was in Blighty
(lyrics by W. R. Titterton)
Bert, Alf and Old Bill
When You Look in the Heart of a Rose
(music by Florence Methven; lyrics by Marion Gillespie)
(She's) Venus de Milo (to Me)
(music by Oliver DeGerde and Peter Bernard; lyrics by Oliver DeGerde and Peter Bernard)
Old Bill
Je sais que vous etes gentil
(music by Percival Knight and P.H. Christine; lyrics by Percival Knight and Grant Stewart)
Berthe and Bert
(Have a Little) Regiment of Our Own
(music by Percival Knight)
Bert and French Girls
Regiment of Our OwnBert and Mollie from Ireland