Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Matthews mss., twentieth cent., are the typescripts of plays and scenarios by Arthur Kenward Matthews, 1866- , dramatist. His name is written on the covers of several of the plays and his address is given variously as 79 St. Mark's Road, North Kensington, W. 10; 9 Quex Road, South Hampstead; 159, Lancaster Road, Notting Hill, W.; The Square, Burgh, Lines. Most of his works were comedies; others were libretti for musical comedies. The manuscripts in this collection are those professionally typed for submitting to managers and agents. Allardyce Nicoll in his volumes on English drama lists seven plays by Matthews performed in London and in the provinces between 1896 and 1929. One of the plays, Courting, not in this collection, was produced both in England, at the Garrick Theatre on March 20, 1925, and in New York at the 49th Street Theatre on September 14, 1925, and was then published by Samuel French in 1926. Only one of the plays noted by Nicoll appears in this collection, that of A Royal Chef. Several of the plays are variations on the same plot: The Visionary, Two Bachelors and a Governess, and Top of the Hill have the same leading character, Jasper Noakes; A Royal Chef and The Adventures of Marcus Lascelles have Marcus Lascelles and Princess Daphne as principals; Pompania and Princess Daphne (titles) are variations on the same theme and are somewhat related to A Royal Chef and The Adventures of Marcus Lascelles.

Collection size: 27 items

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