Review of "No, No Nanette"

Sat, 09/08/2018 - 11:56

Appeared on page 14 of the Hong Kong Daily Press, 1939-12-14:

Philharmonic Society’s Unqualified Success

No, No, Nanette, that scintillating, sparkling musical comedy that was the rage of London during its record-breaking run at the Palace Theatre in 1925 proved an unqualified success when produced at the Queen's Theatre last night by the Hongkong Philharmonic Society in aid of the British War Organisation Fund.

Judging by the reception accorded the opening performance yesterday there is very promise that the delightful play with its fascinating musical numbers, intriguing dances executed by lovely girls and abundance of wit and humour, will continue to draw crowded house nightly throughout its short run which terminates on Saturday.

Jean Grieg and Harry Cockie were the moving spirits of the whole show and made things go off “with a bang.” They were ably supported by the rest of the cast among whom special mention should be made of Doris Blair (Pauline), Anne Parkes (Jimmy’s wife) and Willie Simpson (lawyer).

The individual performances were altogether of a very high standard for amateurs and those responsible for the organisation, training and production are to be congratulated on the really brilliant turnout.

The production was staged by William, Robertson and Surgeon Capt. G. V. Hobbs was musical director while the orchestration was in charge of Mr H. B. Jordan. A.R.C.M. The dance and ensembles were arranged by Miss Carol Bateman, until recently of Shanghai.

Date picture taken
14 Dec 1939