Theatre World – Apr 1941

Diversion No. 2

Scenes from Herbert Farjeon’s ‘mixture’ ‘presented by Howard Wyndham and Bronson Albery. Mr.Farjeon and all concerned are to be congratulated for their courage in staging London’s brightest show at a time when depression stalked the West-End; their reward has been the achievement of the first theatrical century of the blitz on London. Scintillating with stars and Mr. Farjeon’s own particular brand of pungent wit, Diversion No. 2 has well deserved its outstanding success.

PICTURES BY TUNBRIDGE-SEDGWICK

Edith Evans

Outstanding among the dramatic actresses of the day, Miss Evans has nevertheless proved herself equally at home in this, her first revue. Her vivid personality and her astounding versatility are well to the fore in the Epilogue and Prologue arid in the four diverse monologues which she contributes to a programme overflowing with talent. Probably but for the war we should not have had this added pleasure of seeing Miss Evans in an entirely new setting.

Dorothy Dickson

Although this is by no means Miss Dickson’s first appearance in revue, she has of recent years devoted herself almost entirely to musical comedy. However she has never before had the opportunity of revealing her undoubted flair for burlesque. Her dancing and singing are as delightful as ever.

Joyce Grenfell

Miss Grenfell became a revue star by accident, for Herbert Farjeon ‘discovered’ her amusing her friends at a private party. He was so impressed by her talent that after some difficulty he persuaded her to join his 1939 Little Revue, when her delicious monologue “Useful and Acceptable Gifts” brought down the house.