An advertisement for Ivor Novello's appearance in The Rat (full title, The Rat, The Story of an Apache), a play in three acts by 'David L'Estrange' (Ivor Novello and Constance Collier) at the Theatre Royal, Brighton for the week beginning Monday, 17 August 1925. This successful play was first produced at the same theatre on 14 January 1924 before its first London opening at the Prince of Wales's Theatre on 9 June 1924; it was transferred on 15 September that year to the Garrick Theatre where it ran until 31 January 1925, a total of 282 performances.
(Brighton & Hove Society & Hove Gazette, Brighton, Thursday, 20 August 1925, p. 10a)
'Mr. Novello could have made the Rat a fearsome and tigerish creature, or again he could have made him a nondescript Apache – a creature of fury and fun. In my opinion the author never quite settled the question in telling this ''story of an Apache.'' The actor takes up firm and well defined lines, and so we have one of those kings of crime who is gradually leavened down until love saps from him all the animal ferocity. He swears gloriously in Act 1, become a modulated oath-flinger in Act 2, and swears not at all previous to the final curtain. Some reformation. He even becomes lovably despite his criminal instincts and his fondness for ''lifting'' other folk's watches and trinkets – in Ivory Novello's reading of his character these advanced little ideas seem to be jovial little pleasantries.
'It's a good healthy coherent story, even if we never get far from Montmartre. Through it all the Rat and Odile (played by Miss Dorothy Batley, her original part) dominate. They are a splendid combination. . . . Miss Constance Collier produced the play.'
(Brighton & Hove Society & Hove Gazette, Brighton, Thursday, 20 August 1925, p. 6a)
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