FIRTH SHEPHARD

firth Shephard

Firth Shephard

(27th April 1891 – 3rd January 1949)

Leslie Henson was a business partner of Firth Shephard, yet another of our Old Boys.

Gary Breyer kindly visited the newspaper

library to ferret out the obituary referred to in The

Review and discovered that a Mrs and Mrs Leslie

Mitchell had been in the congregation when the memorial service at St.Martins-in-the-Fields was conducted by a Reverend A.Williams!

 

A reading was given by Jack Hawkins.

He was also a dramatic author and his entry in a 1936 edition of “Who’s who in the Theatre” lists many of his productions – especially “Parlez-vous Français?” with no less a man than Fred Karno (and that was in 1915 when he was 24 years old)! Alas, I can find no reference to him at school age in The Review but he deserves his place alongside our other thespians.

Gaity Theatre Programme

Gaity Theatre Programme – Firth Shephard

Presents Leslie Henson and the Entire Gaiety Theatre Company in GOING GREEK: A New Musical Show in Two Acts: Theatre Programme

Firth Shephard Presents Leslie Henson and the Entire Gaiety Theatre Company in GOING GREEK: A New Musical Show in Two Acts: Theatre Programme Paperback – 1 Jan 1937 by Firth Shephard (Author), Guy Bolton (Author), Fred Thompson (Author), Douglas Furber (Author), Goodhart and Hoffman (Lyrics and Music) Lerner (Author)

1930 The comedian Leslie Henson and his business partner Firth Shephard co-leased the theatre and presented the first in a series of farces. It’s a Boy! was swiftly followed by It’s a Girl! and in 1936 Aren’t Men Beasts! starred a young John Mills who was learning a few tricks of the trade from Strand stalwart Robertson Hare.