Stage Career

This is a list of the stage shows and performances Jessie was in. It might not be wholly complete. If you are aware of any stage work that I have missed please get in touch.




29th December, 1919,
Metropolitan Theatre, Edgware Road, London,
"Bluebell in Fairyland"



27th December, 1920,
Kennington Theatre, London,
"Dick Whittington"



26th December, 1921,
Alexandra Theatre, Stoke Newington, London,
"Babes in the Wood"


26th Decernber, 1922,
Lewisham Hippodrome, London,
"Red Riding Hood"


Ist January, 1923
Kilburn Empire, London, (and subsequent tour)
"Red Riding Hood"


15th May, 1923,
PalaceTheatre, London
"Music Box Revue".


4th September, 1923,

Duke of York's Theatre, London,
"London Calling"
, with Gertrude Lawrence, Noel Coward, etc.


9th January, 1924,
Times Square Theatre, New York,
"Andre Charlot's Review of 1924",
starring Gertrude Lawrence, Beatrice Lillie and Jack Buchanan.


21st April, 1924,
Selwyn Theatre, New York, re-opened in the chorus of
"Andre Charlot's Review of 1924"
with Gertrude Lawrence, Beatrice Lillie and Nelson Keys.


13th February, 1925
Princess Theatre, Toronto, Canada, took over the lead from Gertrude Lawrence in
"Charlot's Review".


May-September 1925
Prince of Wales Theatre, London,
"Charlot's Review"


5th October, 1925
Prince of Wales Theatre, London, second lead in
"Charlot's Review",
with Dorothy Dickson, Peter Haddon, Edmund Gwenn, Maisie Gay and Henry Lytton Jnr.


26th December, 1925
Golders Green Hippodrome, London, , and six months' tour, lead in
"Charlot's Review"
with Henry Lytton Jnr and Elsie Randolph (later Heather Thatcher).


Prince of Wales Theatre, London, lead in
"The Charlot Show of 1926",


. 4th January, 1927
Earl Carroll Theatre, New York, (and tours) leading lady in
"Earl Carroll's Vanities/The Charlot Show of 1927"


l9th May, 1927
London Pavilion,lead in
"One Dam Thing After Another",
by Ronald Jeans, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart


22nd January, 1928,
Strand Theatre, London, Melanie Page in
"Jordan"
by Mary Kennedy


22nd March, 1928
London Pavilion, lead in



"This Year of Grace"
by Noel Coward, with Sonnie Hale


27th March, 1929,
London Pavilion, lead in
"Wake up and Dream"
by John Hastings Turner and Cole Porter, with Sonnie Hale.


30th December, 1929,
Selwyn Theatre, New York, lead in
"Wake up and Dream"
with Jack Buchanan and Tilly Losch.


3rd December, 1930,
Adelphi Theatre, London, Harriet Green in

"Ever Green",


a musical play by Benn W. Levy, Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers with Sonnie Hale, Jean Cadell, Albert Burdon, Joyce Barbour and Kay Hammond.


23rd December, 1931,
Gaiety Theatre, London, Paula Bond in
"Hold My Hand",
a musical comedy by Stanley Lupino, Noel Gay and Desmond Carter, with Stanley Lupino, Sonnie Hale, Marjery Wyn, Harry Milton and Connie Emerald.


30th May, 1933,
Strand Theatre, London, Sally in



"Sally Who?"
a comedy by Dion Titheradge, with Sonnie Hale, Margaret Scudamore, Mary Jerrold and Eileen Culshaw.


29th October, 1935
London Palladium,, appeared in
The 6th "Royal Command Variety Performance"
before King George V and Queen Mary.


23rd January, 1939
Sheffield Empire, (and tour), Sue Merrick and Gloria Grosvenor in
"I Can Take It"
a musical comedy by Lesser Samuels and Harry Woods, with Sonnie Hale, Directed by Sonnie Hale.

19th March, 1940,
Phoenix Theatre, London, lead in
"Come Out to Play"
by Eddie Pola, Sonnie Hale, Harrg Parr-Davies and Ben Frankel. With Sonnie Hale, George Carney, Peggy Rawlings, Hal Thompson, Robert Dorning and Eddie Matthews. Directed by Sonnie Hale.


24th December, 1940
Prince of Wales Theatre, Birmingham, as
"Aladdin
a pantomime with Sonnie Hale and Sid Field.


December 1941
Shubert Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut, and Shubert Theatre, Boston, Mass.,, As Jill Charters in
"The Lady Comes Across"
a musical comedy by Vernon Duke, Fred Thompson and Dawn Powell, Directed by Romney Brent and Morrie Ryskind, with Mischa Auer, Joe E. Lewis, Ruth Weston and Gower Champion.


6th August, 1942
Princes Theatre, London, , Sally in
"Wild Rose
a revival of "Sally" by Jerome Kern, directed by Robert Nesbitt, with Richard Hearne.


20th August, 1944,
The Casino, Lion-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, special appearances for ENSA, with Gertrude Lawrence, Margaret Rutherford and Ivor Novello


20th November, 1944
Lewisham Hippodrome, London first appearance in a variety tour presented by Bernard Delfont.


20th May, 1946
Grand Theatre, Brighton, a variety tour with her brother Eddie Matthews.


23rd September, 1946
Caird Hall, Dundee,first of a concert tour presented by Harold Fielding.


20th May 1948
Cambridge Theatre, London , leading lady in
"Maid to Measure"
with Tornmy Fields, Eric Palmer, Christine Spencer, Joan Heal, Miriam Karlin and Robert Dorning


London, 22nd February 1949
Wyndham's Theatre, Harriett Stirling in
"Sweethearts and Wives"
a comedy by Gilbert and Margaret Hackforth-Jones, directed by Peter Dearing, with Patricia Burke, Jack Raine, Noel Johnson, and Mignon O'Doherty


18th April, 1949
Q Theatre, Kew Bridge, London, Madeleine in
"Don't Listen Ladies"
a comedy by Sacha Guittry, with Walter Crisham.


30th May 1949
King's Theatre, Hammersmith, London, appeared in Playbill by Terence Rattigan, as Edna Selby in
"A Harlequinade"
and as Millie Crocker-Harris in
"The Browning Version".


29th August, 1949.
Cambridge Theatre, London,, succeeded Zoe Gail as leading lady of
"Sauce Tartare",
by Geoffrey Parsons, Berkeley Fase and Matt Brooks, directed by Audrey Cameron, devised with Renee Houston, Claude Hulbert, Ronald Frankau, Muriel Srnith, Joan Heal, Audrey Hepburn and Jean Bayless.


April-August 1950
Toured Britain , as Eliza Doolittle in
"Pygmalion"
by George Bernard Shaw.


< September-December 1950
Toured Britain , as ''Boss' Trent in
"Castle in the Air"
a comedy by Alan Melville, directed by Michael Hamilton, with Barry Sinclair, Constance C'arpenter, A. J. Brown and Mac Picton.


4th Febnuary, 1951
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, appeared in
"Merely Players"
devised by Diana Morgan and directed by Roy Rich, with Evelyn Laye,and Elizabeth Welch.


21st Jume, 1952
Princess Theatre, Melbourne, Australia, Julia Lambent in
"Larger Than Life"
by Guy Bolton, adapted from Somerset Maugham's novel Theatre the tour ended in Perth on 9th May, 1953.


7th December, 1953
Hippodrome Theatre, Preston, Olivia a Brown in
"Love in Idleness"
a comedy by Terence Rattigan.


June - October 1954
Toured Britain , as Amanda Prynne in
"Private Lives"
a comedy by Noel Coward, directed by John Penrose, with Anthony Howard as Elyot Chase.


5th September, 1955
Arts Theatre, Cambridge, Denise Darvel in
"Dear Charles"
, a comedy by Alan Melville.


October 1955, Toured Britain as Gloria Faraday in
"Nest of Robins",
a comedy by Robert Monro (Sonnie Hale), directed by the author, with Sonnie Hale, Frances Bennett.


16th December, 1955
Alexander Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa,, for a six-week season, again played Julia Lambert in
"Larger Than Life".


< 29th December, 1956,
Theatre Royal, Sydney, Australia, Jessica in
"Janus"
, a comedy by Carolyn Green, presented by J. C. Williamson Theatres Ltd. and directed by William Rees. (She appeared in the same production at the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne, from 23rd March to 4th May, 1957.)


29th July, 1957
Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester and Leeds), Gloria Faraday in
"Nest of Robins"
a comedy by Robert Monro (Sonnie Hale), presented and directed by Anthony Knowles, with Sonnie Hale, Valerie Singleton, Derek Martinus and Natalie Kent. (Tour ended at the Grand Theatre, Leeds, on Saturday, 31st August, 1957.)


6th October, 1960
Unity Theatre, London,and tour of Wales from 10th October to 19th November, 1960, Louise Harrington in
"Five Finger Exercise"
a play by Peter Shaffer, Directed by Hugh Hunt, with Ernest Hare, John Barcroft, Sheila Reid and George Mikell.


22nd December, 1960-18th February, 1961
Theatre Royal, Bristol, Fairy Snowfiake in
"Dick Whittington"
by V. C. ClintonBaddeley, with music by Gavin Gordon, presented by the Bristol Old Vic Company and directed by Frank Dunlop, with Gwen Cherrell, Leonard Rossiter, Robin Phillips, Tony Tanner, Josephine Tewson and John Hewer.


27th February, I961
Theatre Royal, Northampton, Nurse Wayland in
"The Sacred Flame"
, a play by Somerset Maugham, directed by Lionel Hamilton.


8th May-12th August, 1961,
Toured Britain as Alicia Storm in
"Port in a Storm"
a comedy by Rex Howard Arundel, and directed by Brian Tyler, with Ralph Lynn, June Wyndham Davies, Adele Strong.


12th February, 1962
Olympia Theatre, Dublin,(and British tour until 23rd April, 1962), again played Julia Lambert in
"Larger Than Life"
directed by Hector Ross


l9th June-29th September, 1962
Pavilion Theatre, Torquay, Maggie Millward in
"What a Racket"
, a comedy by Dennis Spencer, directed by Philip Weathers, with Arthur Askey, Jack Douglas, Billy Tasker, Adele Strong, Bunny May, Linda James, Carole Gosheron and Michael Lomax.


20th April-16th May, 1964 and 7th-26th December, 1964
Society Restaurant, Mayfair, London, appeared in two seasons of cabaret.


6th June-19th September, 1965
Pier Theatre, Bournemouth,appeared in
"Musical Comedy Memories"
, a series of Sunday evening concerts presented by George and Alfred Black, with Emile Belcourt, Jane Fyffe, Sheila Mathews and Tony Adams.


October 1965
On board the Cunard liners, Queen Mary (Southampton - New York) and Queen Elizabeth (New York-Southampton) appeared in cabaret.
14th-16th October, 1965
Gallery of Modern Art, New York,appeared in person at
"A Tribute to Jessie Matthews" presented by Raymond Rohauer.


31st August, 1966
Cambridge Theatre, London, Mrs. Violet Deakin in
"A Share in the Sun"
directed by Harold French, with Ron Randel, John Bentley, Alan Gifford, Michael Culver, Gordon Tann


14th July-16th August, 1969
Theatre Royal, Norwich, appeared in
"Cockles and Champagne"
a musical entertainment devised by David Kossoff and Paul Elliott, directed by Paul Elliott, with David Kossoff and George Lacy


16th December, 1969
Phoenix Theatre, London, on the seventieth birthday of Noel Coward, appeared in



"A Talent to Amuse"
produced by Martin Tickner, directed by Wendy Toye, Nigel Patrick and Douglas Squires, supervised by Robert Nesbitt.


26th December 1969 -17th January 1970
Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, the Duchess of Monte Polo in
"Puss in Boots"
, a pantomime by Phil Park and Alan Leigh, presented by Charles Vance and directed by Malcolm Clare, with Bruce Trent, Eddie Molloy


30th June-26th September, 1970
Palace Court Theatre, Bournemouth, , Judith Bliss in "Hay Fever" a comedy by Noel Coward, and Mrs. Bramson in
"Night Must Fall"
, a play by Emlyn Williams both presented by the Bournemouth Theatre Company and 1 directed by Michael Winter


27th January, 1971
Casson Studio Theatre, Cardiff, , June Buckridge in
"The Killing of Sister George"
, a play by Frank Marcus, presented by the Welsh Theatre Company and directed by Michael Winter.


10th October, 1972
Theatre Royal, York,, Lady Catherine Champion-Cheney in
"The Circle"
, a play by Somerset Maugham, I directed by Richard Digby Day, with Perlita Neilson


24th July, 1973
Royalty Theatre, London, Mrs. Doasyouwould- Is bedoneby in
"The Water Babies", a musical by John Taylor. Directed by Ross Taylor, with Richard Willis, Hope Jackman, Yvonne Marsh, Eleanor McCready, Ted Merwood, David Morton, Jacob Witkin and Kim Williams.


1978
London - Duches of Berwick in Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windermer's Fan"



1980
Los Angeles - 3 Concerts with Michael Feinstein.

1980
UK tour - Solo Concerts performing 15 songs from her repertoire.

1980
London - Special Appearance in "The Night Of 100 Stars"

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