Happy Returns is an almost first-rate revue. There is all the perfection, of detail and finish, to be expected in a Cochran production: the singers can sing; the dancers can dance; and the chorus can do both. The costumes, by Doris Zinkeisen particularly those of the chOrus—were attractive.
Undoubtedly, the chief source of our enjoyment was Beatrice Lillie. Particularly delightful was her study of a woman of fashion coming into the stalls, late, for the first-night of John Gielgud's Hamlet. But whatever part she played, she was always, and unmistakably—Beatrice Lillie. And what could be better than that?
The Flanagan and Allan sketches were a
trifle disappointing. This was not their fault, it was the fault of the script. But Flanagan found material worthy of his genius in a sketch of la vie tnondaine in classical times in company with Beatrice Lillie. This, like other sketches in the revue, had a good climax.
No doubt, for most people, the most successful item is that in which Beatrice Lillie sits on a kind of perambulating moon which floats round the auditorium what time Miss Lillie throws garters to her admirers in the stalls. But, of course, being Beatrice Lillie, she does more than that; she acts, she sings, she talks, she—well, we could have stayed all night.
Let me add that this is not a "one-woman show," as you may be thinking by now. The whole cast combine to provide a thoroughly enjoyable and laughable evening.
Adelphi. F. B.