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LADY PHYLLIS ALLEN, sister of the Earl of Lovelace, inspects the engine of her 21 h.p Rytecra/t. This little car can do SO miles to the gallon, so Lady Phyllis can defy the
f Above.) FELICITY WATT, daughter of Mr. Ernest Watt, of Sydney, ivho has daiiced with Mas sine's ballet com- pany, and FREDER- ICK ASHTON at an exhibition of "arab- esques"-studies of personalities in con- temporary ballet-at Sadler's Wells Theatre, vi aid of 1 ¿7ie depot for knitted
! garments for the
JANET JOHNSON and DEREK FARR as the young wartime lovers m "A House in the Square," a new play at the St Mai tin's Theatre Derek Farr, new juvenile discovery, is appearing simultaneously at the Ambassadors Theatre next door, dart- ing ¡tom one theatre to the other vi Older
to continue in the Gate Revue
CYRIL RITCHARD, who is appearing in lite Firth Shephard show, "Up and Doing," re- ceiving the assistance of his wife, MADGE ' ELLIOTT, when making up in his dressing
room at the Saville Theatre, London.
HORSES AND BUGGIES
The London Scene in War-time
FROM BETTY WILSON
LONDON, April 26.
SMART buggy, drawn by a spanking chestnut, dashed up to the Ritz yesterday. The driver was the Hon. Mrs. Victor Bruce, who completed the turnout's general dashingness by wearing the neatest of suits and a little black hat tilted forward over one eye.
"fc/TRS. BRUCE, who is managing director of *'* Air Dispatch, Ltd., is used to travelling at speeds a little above the best that her four-year-old chestnut can do.
She holds the record for the Channel cross- ing from Dover to Calais by motor boat; holds no fewer than 17 world records by car; has covered the record longest distance-either for a man or woman driver-by doing 2,164 miles in 24 hours; did the first solo flight from England to Japan, and a record solo flight from India to
"This is the biggest thrill I've ever had," Mrs.
Bruce said as she handed the reins over to the Ritz's commissionaire.
She bought the hoi se and buggy as soon as war began. They are one of the sights of London
Toy Cars for Mayfair
IT looks as if a noise and buggy-maybe a
governess cart for the outsize family-will soon take the place of all vehicles which depend on petrol.
It is not unusual now to see cars driven by
gas-instead of gasolene. They have an enormous billowing arrangement on the roof like a baby
Australian-born Tania Sharman, who is man- nequin with Aage Thaarup, the Danish hatter, does a. steady 10 m.p.h. round Mayfair in her smart white velocette, with red upholstery, which someone brought back from Paris for her.
. Another Mayfair! te who anticipated a drastic rise in the price of petrol is Lady Phyllis Allen, sister of the Earl of Lovelace. She drives a microscopic car which does 80 miles to the gallon. It is registered as 21 h.p.
Duchess Wears Tulle Turban
EVEN though there is a war on, London res-
taurants are still "made" and "un-made."
Newest-from the point of view of fashion-is the Mirabell, in Curzon Street, which seems to have always been there, but which was seldom heard of until the famous Peter, of the Embassy and Ciro's, took it over.
Cabinet Ministers are often there, and Dukes are two a penny. I counted four at lunch one
i The Duke and Duchess of Kent frequently dine at the Mirabell. They were Lord Dudley's guests at'dinner one night this week. The Duke, in naval uniform, sat at the top of the long table, which was decorated with orchids and roses. The Duchess sat between Mr. Duff Cooper and Mr. Peter Thursby. She looked delightful in a long black dinner dress and white jacket, edged with black sequins. She wore seven strands of pearls round her neck, and the floating veil of her feather-light black tulle hat was caught by a diamond clip shaped like a seashell.
; Captain Harold Balfour, TJiider-Secretary for Air, who is Lady Doverdnle's cousin, Air-Marshal Sir Cyril Newall, Mr. Anthony Eden, and Sir Samuel Hoare were other diners.
"Cyril and Madge" Ritchard in
G.YRIL RITCHARD and Madge Elliott have come
back to a London which seems delighted to see them They both made a tremendous hit iii -pantomime in Manchester. Madge Elliott was engaged to play principal boy there, but refused to go without her husband, who was playing in revue at the Little Theatre at the time. How- ever, he managed to get leave, and took over .a * comparatively small part which immediately leapt into the limelight to match his wife as
¡ They had three days in London before "Up and Doing" opened at the Saville, and found time then to reopen their Sevenoaks cottage. They have taken a service flat in London, too.
; Cyril Ritchard has eleven changes in this show. They are so rapid that be can only get back to his own dressing-room once during the even- ing. The other ten changes all have to be done
in a dressing-room near the stage, which he shares
with Leslie Henson and Stanley Holloway, who ' have some rapid changes, too.
Starts and ends the show in tails, but finds that the most, difficult change of all is from a tall, thin torch singer to a plump, billowing fan dancer. "Tl.'s the nadding that takes the time,"
Hat Covered with Hyacinths
MADGE ELLIOTT, who hopes to spend the
spring and summer in her cottage, had come up to London the night I saw the new show. She was waiting in her husband's dressing-room, looking enchanting in a tiny hat covered with pale blue hyacinths, a plain black frock, and silver fox furs. "Pip," her Maltese terrier-who had his fringe tied up with red ribbon to keep it
out of his eyes when he goes rabbiting-was with '
She told me that Edgar Ritchaid, Cyril Rit-, chard's brother, has joined the Royal Navy as . a signaller He has been in it since war bioke [ out. ;
They have been at a great many parties in '
their first few days in town. The most exciting .' was an enormous party which Firth Shephard, ', whose other revue, "Shephard's Pie," is probably ' the most successful in London, gave at the Savoy j after the revue's first night. Everyone in the ; new revue sang. Cyril Rltchard, too. Popular vote gave him "Yip-i-addy-i-ay" as his tolo
number ¡ Australian Girls' Success i LONDONERS, who love to put a tag to their5
; favourites, like to think of Janet Johnson; as the "girl who turned down Hollywood." When - she returned to London, after being groomed for stardom, this Australian girl simply said, "Holly-
wood made me feel such a fish out of water.", She certainly is not a fish out of water here.
Although she told an Australian friend that» she was "far too busy to think of being married,'; Janet Johnson, as you will have heard by now,' has decided to change her mind.
Her engagement to Mi-. Charles Birkln, nephew and heir of Sir Alexander Birkin, and brother
of the Marquise de Casa Maury (who was io», merly Mrs. Dudley Ward), was announced to-day. Mr. Birkin belongs to a wealthy English family, and is heir to a large fortune. He has already
inherited a fortune from his mother, who was an ' American by birth ;i
He worked for some time in a publisher's office, ' which may have encouraged his flair for short
story writing. He is now attached to the War: Office. ,|
. Miss Johnson is appearing in "A House in the ,1 Square" with Lilian Braithwaite and Margaiet I Rawlings in the West End now. This is the ? fourth Lilian Braithwaite play in which Janef'B Johnson has appeared. She is one of her gieatcst'l admirers. I
Kathleen Robinson is also playing-and pro- M ducing-in the West End. She is a co-producer I of "Without the Prince" at the Whitehall Theatre,, ? and plays a small but very important part as I well. It gives her the opportunity for a delightful-«
piece of character acting. pi
Judy Kelly is rehearsing for her next play.'.« She Is to appear in the new Robertson Hare show,;* "Women Aren't Angels." Judy Kelly is becoming! ? one of London's busiest young actresses. 1 te,E\H phoned her one night this week and found her ? mother listening-in to her daughter's broadcast. ? She has made a number of films, too. "Aren't I Men Beasts," "The Midas Touch," "At the Villa"-« Rose," and "George and Margaret" are among ? the latest. S