BY ALLAN MONKHOUSE
16 March 2011 — 23 April 2011
As the marriage of the elder Timbrell son is eagerly anticipated and wedding presents are arriving, it is revealed that the younger son, in this upwardly mobile family, has become involved with the housemaid, Mary Broome. The results for all are unexpected.
Allan Monkhouse, theatre critic of The Manchester Guardian, was one of the stable of playwrights that thrived in Annie Horniman's Gaiety Theatre, Manchester, in the years before the First World War.
The critic C. E. Montague wrote of the 1911 premiere 'it is of the company of masterpieces in comedy'.