IN telling us about the spirit of ingenium possessed by Mr. Coward, Mr. Agate informs us that to the Romans the word meant the power to attain success, for, he goes on, the capacity for genius and the capacity for getting that genius recognised are two quite different things. Now is Mr. Coward the startling and peculiar commercial success that many herald him to be? Has it been invariably on and on and up and up with him?
Bitter-Sweet and Cavalcade were two plays that had long runs, though Cavalcade, from what has been said about it, seems a little doubtful. Hay Fever, The Vortex, The Marquise, Easy Virtue, The Queen was in the Parlour, and Fallen Angels enjoyed runs of from three hundred and thirty‐ seven to one hundred and twenty-seven performances. If anyone cares to glance at the list of long runs given by Who's Who in the Theatre, they will find that The Farmer's Wife scored a far bigger success than Bitter-Sweet; that Yellow Sands and Mr. Ervine The First Mrs. Frazer came very close to the run of Bitter-Sweet, with Fanny's First Play, Maugham Our Betters, and The Barretts of Wimpole Street, a step or two