Brigadier Gerard at the Imperial
From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
"Brigadier Gerard" at the Imperial is an article published in The Sketch on 7 march 1906.
Illustration by Frank Reynolds.
"Brigadier Gerard" at the Imperial
MR. LEWIS WALLER AS CAPTAIN GERARD IN ACT I. — A FRENCH FARMHOUSE (MESS-ROOM OF THE HUSSARS).
"At the date of the play," says a note in the programme of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's romantic comedy, "Brigadier Gerard," which was produced at the Imperial Theatre on Saturday evening last, "Napoleon, after his gallant winter campaign of 1814, found himself at Fontainebleau with the scanty remains of his army. Paris was already occupied by the Allies, and Talleyrand, having turned against his old master, was busy forming a provisional government. Among the archives at Paris were many papers which it was necessary for Napoleon to recover, and among the brave men who surrounded him he had no difficulty in finding an agent." It need scarcely be remarked that this agent is the redoubtable Gerard, boaster and brave man, and that after much adventure, much misunderstanding, he achieves his ends, saves the papers for his Emperor, and marries the lady of his heart.
DRAWN SPECIALLY, FOR "THE SKETCH" BY FRANK REYNOLDS.