With its chorus of scantily clad slave-girls paraded around the stage by ranks of muscular men, the West End musical Chu Chin Chow seemed an unlikely choice of festive treat for King George V and Queen Mary. There was certainly much tamer fare on offer in London’s theatreland that Christmas of 1918, including productions of Babes In The Wood, starring ‘the most winsome Principal Boy imaginable’ and a ‘gorgeous and glittering Cinderella’. Yet there the royal couple were on the evening of December 28, taking in a show so daring that complaints had been made about it to the Lord Chamberlain, the censor of the day. Quite what their Majesties made of such numbers as Any Time Is Kissing Time and When A Pullet Is Plump, She’s Tender is not known. Father Christmas gifts two children a doll in 1918. That autumn of 1918, the pandemic had entered its second and most deadly wave in Britain, killing just over 8,000 people in the first week of November alone But this pantomime for adults was certainly a hit with the public, the Globe newspaper describing how the queue for tickets wound ‘its snake-like course’ all along Haymarket and into nearby Waterloo Place…. Read full this story
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