Peter and Wendy
Peter Pan. Both versions tell the story of Peter Pan, a mischievous yet innocent little boy who can fly, has many adventures on the island of Neverland, inhabited by mermaids, Native Americans and pirates; the Peter Pan stories involve the characters Wendy Darling and her two brothers, Peter's fairy Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, the pirate Captain Hook. The play and novel were inspired by Barrie's friendship with the Llewelyn Davies family. Barrie continued to revise the play for years after its debut until publication of the play script in 1928; the play debuted in London on 27 December 1904 with Nina Boucicault, daughter of playwright Dion Boucicault, in the title role. A Broadway production was mounted in 1905 starring Maude Adams, it was revived with such actresses as Marilyn Miller and Eva Le Gallienne. The play has since been adapted as a pantomime, stage musical, a television special, several films, including a 1924 silent film, Walt Disney's 1953 animated full-length feature film, a 2003 live action production.
The play is now performed in its original form on stage in the United Kingdom, whereas pantomime adaptations are staged around Christmas. In the U. S. the original version has been supplanted in popularity by the 1954 musical version, which became popular on television. The novel was first published in 1911 by Hodder & Stoughton in the United Kingdom and Charles Scribner's Sons in the United States; the original book contains 11 half-tone plates by artist F. D. Bedford; the novel was first abridged by May Byron in 1915, with Barrie's permission, published under the title Peter Pan and Wendy, the first time this form was used. This version was illustrated by Mabel Lucie Attwell in 1921. In 1929, Barrie gave the copyright of the Peter Pan works to Great Ormond Street Hospital, a children's hospital in London. Barrie created Peter Pan in stories he told to the sons of his friend Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, with whom he had forged a special relationship. Mrs. Llewelyn Davies's death from cancer came within a few years after the death of her husband.
Barrie unofficially adopted them. The character's name comes from two sources: Peter Llewelyn Davies, one of the boys, Pan, the mischievous Greek god of the woodlands. Andrew Birkin has suggested that the inspiration for the character was Barrie's elder brother David, whose death in a skating accident at the age of fourteen affected their mother. According to Birkin, the death was "a catastrophe beyond belief, one from which she never recovered. If Margaret Ogilvy drew a measure of comfort from the notion that David, in dying a boy, would remain a boy for Barrie drew inspiration."The Peter Pan character first appeared in print in the 1902 novel The Little White Bird, written for adults. The character was next used in the stage play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up that premiered in London on 27 December 1904 and became an instant success. In 1906, the chapters of The Little White Bird which featured Peter Pan was published as the book Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, with illustrations by Arthur Rackham.
Barrie adapted the play into the 1911 novel Peter and Wendy. The original draft of the play was entitled Anon: A Play. Barrie's working titles for it included The Great White Father and Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Hated Mothers. Producer Charles Frohman disliked the title on the manuscript, in answer to which Barrie suggested The Boy Who Couldn't Grow Up. Although the character appeared in Barrie's book The Little White Bird, the play and its novelisation contain the story of Peter Pan mythos, best known; the two versions have much in common. In both versions Peter makes night-time calls on the Darlings' house in Bloomsbury, listening in on Mrs. Mary Darling's bedtime stories by the open window. One night Peter is spotted and, while trying to escape, he loses his shadow. On returning to claim it, Peter wakes Wendy Darling. Wendy succeeds in re-attaching his shadow to him, Peter learns that she knows lots of bedtime stories, he invites her to Neverland to be a mother to his gang, the Lost Boys, children who were lost in Kensington Gardens.
Wendy agrees, her brothers John and Michael go along. Their magical flight to Neverland is followed by many adventures; the children are blown out of the air by a cannon and Wendy is nearly killed by the Lost Boy Tootles. Peter and the Lost Boys build a little house for Wendy to live in. Soon John and Michael adopt the ways of the Lost Boys. Peter welcomes Wendy to his underground home, she assumes the role of mother figure. Peter takes the Darlings on several adventures, the first dangerous one occurring at Mermaids' Lagoon. At Mermaids' Lagoon and the Lost Boys save the princess Tiger Lily and become involved in a battle with the pirates, including the evil Captain Hook. Peter is wounded, he believes he will die, stranded on a rock when the tide is rising, but he views death as "an a
Maude Ewing Adams Kiskadden, known professionally as Maude Adams, was an American actress who achieved her greatest success as the character Peter Pan, first playing the role in the 1905 Broadway production of Peter Pan. Adams's personality appealed to a large audience and helped her become the most successful and highest-paid performer of her day, with a yearly income of more than one million dollars during her peak. Adams began performing as a child while accompanying her actress mother on tour. At age 16, she made her Broadway debut, under Charles Frohman's management, she became a popular player alongside leading man John Drew, Jr. in the early 1890s. Beginning in 1897, Adams starred in plays by J. M. Barrie, including The Little Minister, Quality Street, What Every Woman Knows and Peter Pan; these productions made Adams the most popular actress in America. She performed in various other plays, her last Broadway play, in 1916, was Barrie's A Kiss for Cinderella. After a 13-year retirement, she appeared in more Shakespeare plays and taught acting in Missouri.
She retired to upstate New York. Adams was born in Salt Lake City, the daughter of Asaneth Ann "Annie" and James Henry Kiskadden. Adams' mother was an actress, her father had jobs working for a bank and in a mine. Little else is known of Adams's father. James was not a Mormon, Adams once wrote of her father as having been a "gentile"; the surname "Kiskadden" is Scottish. On her mother's side, Adams's great grandfather Platt Banker converted to Mormonism and moved his family to Missouri, where his daughter Julia married Barnabus Adams; the family migrated to Utah, settling in Salt Lake City, where Maude's mother was born. Adams was a descendant of Mayflower passenger John Howland. At the age of nine, Adams moved to live with her Mormon grandmother and Mormon cousins in Salt Lake City, while her parents remained in San Francisco, it is not clear. She was never baptized Presbyterian. In life, Adams took long sabbaticals in Catholic convents, in 1922 she donated her estates at Lake Ronkonkoma, New York to one of these places, the Sisters of St. Regis, for use as a novitiate and retreat house.
She never discussed the topic in any interviews. Adams appeared on stage at two months old in the play The Lost Baby at the Salt Lake City Brigham Young Theatre, she appeared again at the age of nine months in her mother's arms. Over her father's objections, Adams began acting as a small child, adopting her mother's maiden name as her stage name, they toured throughout the western U. S. with a theatrical troupe that played in rural areas, mining towns and some cities. At the age of five, Adams starred in a San Francisco theater as "Little Schneider" in Fritz, Our German Cousin and as "Adrienne Renaud" in A Celebrated Case, she debuted in New York at age ten in Esmeralda and returned to California. Adams wrote a short essay, "The One I Knew Least", where she described her difficulty in discovering her own personality while playing so many theatrical roles as a child, she returned to Salt Lake City, where she lived with her grandmother and studied at the Salt Lake Collegiate Institute. Adams returned to New York City at age 16 to appear in The Paymaster.
She became a member of E. H. Sothern's theatre company in Boston, appearing in The Highest Bidder, was on Broadway in Lord Chumley in 1888. Charles H. Hoyt cast her in A Midnight Bell where audiences, if not the critics, took notice of her. In 1889, sensing he had a potential new star on his hands, Hoyt offered her a five-year contract, but Adams declined in favor of a lesser offer from the powerful producer Charles Frohman who, from that point forward, took control of her career, she soon left behind juvenile parts and began to play leading roles for Frohman alongside her mother. In 1890, Frohman asked David Belasco and Henry C. de Mille to specially write the part of Dora Prescott for Adams in their new play Men and Women, which Frohman was producing. The next year, she appeared as Nell in The Lost Paradise. In 1892, John Drew, Jr. ended his 18-year association with Augustin Daly and joined Frohman's company. Frohman paired Adams and Drew in a series of plays beginning with The Masked Ball and ending with Rosemary in 1896.
She spent five years as the leading lady in John Drew's company. There, "her work was praised for its charm and simplicity." The Masked Ball opened on October 8, 1892. Audiences came to see its star, but left remembering Adams. Most memorable was a scene in which her character feigned tipsiness for which she received a two-minute ovation on opening night. Drew was the star, but it was for Adams that the audience gave twelve curtain calls, tepid critics gave generous reviews. Harpers Weekly wrote: "It is difficult to see just, going to prevent Miss Adams from becoming the leading exponent of light comedy in America; the New York Times wrote that Adams, "not John Drew, has made the success of The Masked Ball at Palmer's, is the star of the comedy. Manager Charles Frohman, in attempting to exploit one star, has happened upon another of greater magnitude." The tipsy scene started Adams on her path to being a favorite among New York audiences and led to an eighteen-month run for the play. Less successful plays followed, including The Bauble Shop, Christopher, Jr..
The Imprudent Young Couple and The Squire of Dames. But 1896 saw an upturn for Adams with Rosemary. A com
The Finborough Theatre is a fifty-seat theatre in the West Brompton area of London under artistic directorship of Neil McPherson. The theatre presents new British writing, as well as UK and world premieres of new plays from the English speaking world including North America, Canada and Scotland including work in the Scots language; the venue presents music theatre, seen rediscovered 19th and 20th century plays. The Finborough Arms was built in 1868 to a design by George Godwin, it was one of five public houses built by Corbett and McClymont in the Earls Court area during the West London development boom of the 1860s. The ground floor and basement of the building was converted into The Finborough Road Brasserie from 2008 to 2010 and The Finborough Wine Cafe from 2010 to 2012; the pub reopened under its original name of The Finborough Arms in February 2014. June Abbott opened the theatre above the Finborough Arms Public House in June 1980. In its first decade, artists working at the new theatre included Clive Barker, Kathy Burke, Ken Campbell, Mark Rylance, Clare Dowie who appeared in the world première of her own play Adult Child/Dead Child.
From 1991-1994, the theatre was best known for new writing with Naomi Wallace’s first play The War Boys. From 1994, the theatre was run by The Steam Industry under Artistic Director Phil Willmott. Productions included new plays by Tony Marchant, David Eldridge, Mark Ravenhill, Phil Willmott. New writing development included Mark Ravenhill’s Shopping and F*cking and Naomi Wallace’s Slaughter City, the UK première of David Mamet’s The Woods, Anthony Neilson’s The Censor, which transferred to the Royal Court. Productions since 2000 have included the UK premières of Brad Fraser’s Wolfboy. H. Davies' Young directed by Tamara Harvey. In March 2010 the theatre presented the world premiere of A Day at the Racists, a new piece of political theatre by Anders Lustgarten, charting the rise of the BNP in Barking. In 2011 productions included a critically acclaimed production of Mixed Marriage by St John Ervine, as well as Dawn King's Foxfinder, as well as revivals of Emlyn Williams's Accolade and Caryl Churchill's Fen.
Air conditioning was installed in 2011. In 2012 productions at the theatre included John McGrath's Events While Guarding the BoforsGun and revivals of Arthur Miller's The American Clock and J. B. Priestley's Cornelius. In November 2012, the theatre presented twelve new plays as part of its fourth annual Vibrant - A Festival of Finborough Playwrights; the plays include The Andes by Alexandra Wood, The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie by Anders Lustgarten and Pig Girl by Colleen Murphy. 2012 saw transfers of London Wall by John Van Druten to St James' Theatre, Cornelius by J. B. Priestley to Off-Broadway; the Finborough Theatre has presented musical theatre, including Schwartz It All About which transferred to Edinburgh and the King's Head Theatre, the world premiere of Charles Miller and Kevin Hammonds' When Midnight Strikes, the UK premieres of Lucky Nurse and Other Short Musical Plays by Michael John LaChuisa, Darius Milhaud’s opera Médée, Myths and Hymns by Adam Guettel and Jen by Andrew Lippa and Three Sides by Grant Olding, an acclaimed series'Celebrating British Musical Theatre' from the Victorian and Edwardian era with Florodora, O
Spinster is a term referring to an unmarried woman, older than what is perceived as the prime age range during which women should marry. It could indicate that a woman is considered unlikely to marry; the term denoted a woman whose occupation was to spin. A synonymous but more pejorative term is old maid; the closest equivalent term for males is'bachelor', but this does not carry the same pejorative connotations in reference to age and perceived desirability in the marriage. Long before the Industrial Age, "spinster" denoted women who spun wool. According to the Online Etymological Dictionary, spinning was "commonly done by unmarried women, hence the word came to denote" an unmarried woman in legal documents from the 1600s to the early 1900s, "by 1719 was being used generically for'woman still unmarried and beyond the usual age for it' "; as a denotation for unmarried women in a legal context, the term dates back to at least 1699, was used in banns of marriage of the Church of England where the prospective bride was described as a "spinster of this parish".
The Oxford American Dictionary tags "spinster" as "derogatory" and "a good example of the way in which a word acquires strong connotations to the extent that it can no longer be used in a neutral sense." The 1828 and 1913 editions of Merriam Webster's Dictionary defined spinster in two ways: "1. A woman who spins, or whose occupation is to spin. 2. Law: An unmarried or single woman." By the 1800s, the term had evolved to include women. During that century middle-class spinsters, as well as their married peers, took ideals of love and marriage seriously, and... spinsterhood was indeed a consequence of their adherence to those ideals.... They remained unmarried not because of individual shortcomings but because they didn't find the one "who could be all things to the heart". One 19th-century editorial in the fashion publication Peterson's Magazine encouraged women to remain choosy in selecting a mate — at the price of never marrying; the editorial, titled "Honorable Often to Be an Old Maid", advised women: "Marry for a home!
Marry to escape the ridicule of being called an old maid? How dare you pervert the most sacred institution of the Almighty, by becoming the wife of a man for whom you can feel no emotions of love, or respect even?" The Oxford American English Dictionary defines spinster as "an unmarried woman an older woman beyond the usual age for marriage". It adds: "In modern everyday English, spinster cannot be used to mean ‘unmarried woman’. Dictionary.com describes the "woman still unmarried beyond the usual age of marrying" sense of the term as "Disparaging and Offensive". A usage note goes on to say, it implies negative qualities such as being fussy or undesirable". Included is a sense of the word used in a legal context: "a woman who has never married". Wordreference.com describes the "woman still unmarried" sense of'spinster' as "dated". Age is a crucial part of the definition, according to Robin Lakoff's explanation in Language and Woman's Place. "If someone is a spinster, by implication she is not eligible.
"Hence, a girl of twenty cannot be properly called a spinster: she still has a chance to be married." Yet other sources on terms describing a never-married woman indicate that the term applies to a woman as soon as she is of legal age or age of majority. The title "spinster" has been embraced by feminists like Sheila Jeffreys, whose book The Spinster and Her Enemies defines spinsters as women who have chosen to reject sexual relationships with men. In her 2015 book, Making a Life of One's Own, Kate Bolick has written, "To me, the spinster is self-reliant and inscrutable. We think we know what the wife is up to and what the mother is up to but the single woman is mysterious. I like that mystery. So the term is a useful way to hold onto the idea of autonomy that can get so lost inside of marriage or motherhood."In 2005, in England and Wales, the term was abolished in favour of "single" for the purpose of marriage registration. One University of Missouri study found that modern spinsters feel a social stigma attached to their status, a sense of both heightened visibility and invisibility.
"Heightened visibility came from feelings of exposure, invisibility came from assumptions made by others." Women may not marry for a variety of reasons, including personal inclination, a dearth of eligible men and socio-economic conditions. Writer and spinster Louisa May Alcott famously wrote that "liberty is a better husband than love to many of us". Social status issues could arise where it was unacceptable for a woman to marry below her social rank but her parents lacked the funds to support a marriage within their social rank. In the early 19th century in England, women would fall under Coverture, stating that all property and contracts in their name would be ceded to the
Surrey is a subdivision of the English region of South East England in the United Kingdom. A historic and ceremonial county, Surrey is one of the home counties; the county borders Kent to the east, East Sussex and West Sussex to the south, Hampshire to the west, Berkshire to the northwest, Greater London to the northeast. Inhabited by about 1.2 million people, Surrey is the twelfth most populous English county, both the third most populous home county and the third most populous county in the South East. Guildford is considered to be the county town; however despite the town's designation, Surrey County Council has never been based there, being instead seated throughout its history in London. Since the borders of Surrey were altered in 1965 by the London Government Act 1963 which created Greater London, none of these places are now in Surrey, marking an example of a de facto capital, located outside of its administrative area. Surrey is divided into eleven districts: Elmbridge and Ewell, Mole Valley and Banstead, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Tandridge and Woking.
Services such as roads, mineral extraction licensing, strategic waste and recycling infrastructure, birth and death registration, social and children's services are administered by Surrey County Council. The London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and small parts of Lewisham and Bromley were in Surrey until 1889. Since the 1965 reform the bordering boroughs of the capital have been those taken from it in 1965 plus Bromley and Hounslow; the form of Surrey which remains since 1965 is a wealthy county due to economic, aesthetic and logistical factors. It has the highest GDP per capita of any English county, some of the highest property values outside Inner London and the highest cost of living in the UK outside of the capital. Surrey has the highest proportion of woodland in England, having been rural since it was shorn in 1965 of the urbanised swathes of South London which had hitherto been part of the county, it has large protected green spaces. It has four racecourses in horse racing, the most of any Home County and as at 2013 contained 141 golf courses including international competition venue Wentworth.
Surrey has proximity to London and to Heathrow and Gatwick airports, along with access to major arterial road routes including the M25, M3 and M23 and frequent rail services into Central London. Surrey is divided in two by the chalk ridge of the North Downs; the ridge is pierced by the rivers Wey and Mole, tributaries of the Thames, which formed the northern border of the county before modern redrawing of county boundaries, which has left part of its north bank within the county. To the north of the Downs the land is flat, forming part of the basin of the Thames; the geology of this area is dominated by London Clay in the east, Bagshot Sands in the west and alluvial deposits along the rivers. To the south of the Downs in the western part of the county are the sandstone Surrey Hills, while further east is the plain of the Low Weald, rising in the extreme southeast to the edge of the hills of the High Weald; the Downs and the area to the south form part of a concentric pattern of geological deposits which extends across southern Kent and most of Sussex, predominantly composed of Wealden Clay, Lower Greensand and the chalk of the Downs.
Much of Surrey is in the Metropolitan Green Belt. It contains valued reserves of mature woodland. Among its many notable beauty spots are Box Hill, Leith Hill, Frensham Ponds, Newlands Corner and Puttenham & Crooksbury Commons. Surrey is the most wooded county in England, with 22.4% coverage compared to a national average of 11.8% and as such is one of the few counties not to recommend new woodlands in the subordinate planning authorities' plans. Box Hill has the oldest untouched area of natural woodland in one of the oldest in Europe. Surrey contains England's principal concentration of lowland heath, on sandy soils in the west of the county. Agriculture not being intensive, there are many commons and access lands, together with an extensive network of footpaths and bridleways including the North Downs Way, a scenic long-distance path. Accordingly, Surrey provides many rural and semi-rural leisure activities, with a large horse population in modern terms; the highest elevation in Surrey is Leith Hill near Dorking.
It is 294 m above sea level and is the second highest point in southeastern England after Walbury Hill in West Berkshire, 297 m. Surrey has a population of 1.1 million people. Its largest town is Guildford, with a population of 77,057, they are followed by Ewell with 39,994 people and Camberley with 30,155. Towns of between 25,000 and 30,000 inhabitants are Ashford, Farnham and Redhill. Guildford is the historic county town, although the county administration was moved to Newington in 1791 and to Kingston upon Thames in 1893; the county counc
Harry Parr-Davies was a Welsh composer and songwriter. He was born Harry Parr Davies in Briton Ferry, South Wales and was a musical prodigy, having composed whole operettas by the time he was in his teens, he came to the attention of composer Sir Walford Davies. At the age of fourteen he had composed six songs, left Wales to expand upon his juvenile success. In 1931, in an uncharacteristic moment of assertiveness, he talked his way into the dressing room of the singing star Gracie Fields at London's Winter Garden theatre. From 1934, he worked as Fields' accompanist, he wrote songs for Anna Neagle among others. His best-known songs included "Pedro the Fisherman", "Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye" and "Sing as We Go", he provided additional lyrics for Jan Peerce's best-selling recording of "Bluebird of Happiness". In 1939 the show Black Velvet included Parr-Davies's song "Crash, Bang, I Want To Go Home". Other wartime shows which featured his work included Big Top, Full Swing, The Knight was Bold and The Lisbon Story.
In the course of the war he was seconded from his regiment to join Gracie Fields in ENSA. In 1944, his musical, Jenny Jones, which had a Welsh setting, was a flop, but it was followed by the successful revue Fine Feathers, Her Excellency starring Cicely Courtneidge, Dear Miss Phoebe. Parr-Davies was at the peak of his success when he died on 14 October 1955 from an internal haemorrhage caused by a perforated ulcer for which, according to his sister, Billie David, he had declined to seek medical attention, he died at his London home in Knightsbridge, but is buried beside his father and mother in Oystermouth Cemetery near Swansea. "Bell Bottom George" "If I Had a Girl Like You" "In My Little Snapshot Album" "It's in the Air" "Noughts and Crosses" "Swim Little Fish" "Your Way Is My Way" Harry Parr Davies on IMDb
Sir Edward Seymour Hicks, better known as Seymour Hicks, was a British actor, music hall performer, screenwriter, actor-manager and producer. He became known, early in his career, for writing, starring in and producing Edwardian musical comedy together with his famous wife, Ellaline Terriss, his most famous acting role was that of Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Making his stage début at the age of nine and performing professionally by sixteen, Hicks joined a theatrical company and toured America before starring in Under the Clock in 1893, the first musical revue staged in London. Following this, he starred in a revival of Little Jack Sheppard at the Gaiety Theatre, London which brought him to the attention of impresario George Edwardes. Edwardes cast Hicks in his next show, The Shop Girl, in 1894, its success led to his participation in two more of Edwardes's hit "girl" musicals, The Circus Girl and A Runaway Girl, both starring Terriss. He first played the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in 1901 and played it thousands of times onstage.
Hicks, along with his wife, joined the producer Charles Frohman in his theatre company and wrote and starred in a series of extraordinarily successful musicals, including Bluebell in Fairyland, Quality Street, The Earl and the Girl and The Catch of the Season. Hicks used his fortune from these shows to commission the building of the Aldwych Theatre in 1905 and the Hicks Theatre in 1906, opening the latter with a new hit show, The Beauty of Bath, his stage performances were less successful in years, he opted instead to star in music hall tours, including Pebbles on the Beach. He continued to write light comedies, the most popular of, The Happy Day. On film, he first appeared in Scrooge and David Garrick both from 1913. Notable films included The Lambeth Walk and Busman's Honeymoon, his last film was in the year of his death, 1949. Hicks was born in St. Hélier on the island of Jersey. At the age of nine, he appeared as Little Buttercup in Gilbert and Sullivan's H. M. S. Pinafore at his school in Bath.
After that, he was determined to be an actor. Hicks first appeared professionally on stage at the age of sixteen in a production of In the Ranks at the Grand, Islington. In 1889, he joined the theatrical company of Mr. and Mrs. Kendal for an American tour where they presented a repertory of contemporary plays. Hicks starred as Dr. Watson in the first revue show staged in London, Under the Clock, a parody of Sherlock Holmes and Watson written by Hicks with Charles Brookfield, at the Royal Court Theatre; that same year, he married Ellaline Terriss. After that, he starred in a revival of Little Jack Sheppard at the Gaiety London; this brought him to the attention of the impresario George Edwardes. In 1894, Hicks joined his wife in the successful "Fairy pantomime", produced by Henry Irving with music by Oscar Barrett, where she had been playing the title role, he played Thisbe, one of Cinderella's half-sisters who, in this version, were "Girton College girls who can jabber Greek and Latin, read French, play golf, indulge in manly exercises.
Thisbe has an affectation for intellectuality – Ibsen and the new humor." Edwardes gave Hicks the chance to star in his next show, The Shop Girl, which became a hit at the Gaiety in 1894, playing for 546 performances. Hicks's wife joined Edwardes's company during the run of the show, replacing the star in the title role, together they made the musical an bigger hit; the following year, Hicks transferred with the show to Broadway for a short run and toured in America in 1895 with his wife, where they befriended the American novelist Richard Harding Davis. At the instance of W. S. Gilbert, Hicks wrote a drama called One of the Best, a vehicle for his father-in-law William Terriss at the Adelphi Theatre, based on the famous Dreyfus Trial; the Hickses were frequent guests of Gilbert at his estate in Grim's Dyke. Hicks hurried back from America for the opening in December 1895, it ran for over a year. Another early success for the young couple was The Circus Girl. Hicks and Terriss both had a comedy background, they transformed the "lovers" roles in the new genre of Edwardian musicals from overly sentimental to mischievous and light-hearted characters exchanging witty banter.
Hicks worked as co-author on The Yashmak and on one of the Gaiety Theatre's most successful shows, A Runaway Girl, in which Terriss played the title role. This was followed by With Flying Colours. In 1899, Hicks starred as the Duc De Richelieu in A Court Scandal, a comedy adapted by Aubrey Boucicault and Osmond Shillingford from Les Premières Armes de Richelieu by Dumanoir, at the Court Theatre; the same year, he and Terriss adopted a daughter and Terriss gave birth to their second child, Elizabeth, in 1904. In early 1900, the Hickses played in their only Broadway show together, My Daughter-in-law, at the Frohman brothers' old Lyceum Theatre, they joined forces with producer Charles Frohman and, in his company, over a period of seven years, they played the leads in a series of musicals written by Hicks, including Bluebell in Fairyland and The Cherry Girl. Hicks and Terriss starred in Quality Street in 1902. At that time, they moved to The Old Forge, at Merstham, Surrey, their cul-de-sac was renamed "Quality Street".
Hicks wrote the successful The Earl and the Girl and the successful The Catch of the Season