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(1914- 1950). Active on Broadway as an actor/director in the following productions:

(1914). Stage Play: Eliza Comes to Stay. Comedy. Written by H.V. Esmond. Garrick Theatre: 7 Jan 1914- Jan 1914 (closing date unknown/13 performances). Cast: Harry Ashford, Leslie Banks [Broadway debut], Marion Courtnay, Estelle Despa, H.V. Esmond, Fred Grove, Constance Groves, Arthur Hambling [only Broadway role], Eva Moore. Produced by Charles Frohman.

(1914). Stage Play: The Dear Fool. Written by H.V. Esmond. Garrick Theatre: 26 Jan 1914- Feb 1914 (closing date unknown/24 performances). Cast: Harry Ashford, Leslie Banks, Marion Courtnay, Estelle Despa, H.V. Esmond, Reginald Purdell [credited as Reginald Grasdorff], Fred Groves, Constance Groves, Eva Moore, Jessamine Newcombe, Howard Stuart. Produced by Charles Frohman.

(1924). Stage Play: Peter Pan. Fantasy (revival).

(1930). Stage Play: The Infinite Shoeblack. Drama.

(1930). Stage Play: The Man in Possession. Comedy/farce.

(1931). Stage Play: Lean Harvest. Drama. Written by Ronald Jeans. Directed by Leslie Banks. Forrest Theatre: 13 Oct 1931- Nov 1931 (closing date unknown/31 performances). Cast: Vera Allen (as "Celila Hardman"), Leslie Banks (as "Nigel"), Paula Bauersmith (as "Carmen Bracegirdle"), Lillian Bronson (as "Gladys/Miss Moggs"), Nigel Bruce (as "Philip Downes"), Patricia Calvert (as "Anne"), Charles Esdale (as "Duckitt"), Alfred Flanders (as "Jack Crabb"), Peggy Hovenden (as "Leila Perrett"), John Hoyt [credited as John Hoysradt] (as "Dr. Plumtree/Mr. McGowan"), A.C. Fotheringham-Lysons (as "Mr. A. Tellworthy/Dr. Fisher"), Edwin Mills (as "Richard"), Evelyn Mills (as "Ann"), Warren Mills (as "Tommy"), Leonard Mudie (as "Steven"), Molly Pearson (as "Mrs. Trent"), Ada Potter (as "Mrs. Tellworthy"), Harry Sothern (as "Mr. Featherstone"), Joaquin Souther (as "Porteous"). Produced by Kenneth Macgowan and Joseph Verner Reed.

(1931). Stage Play: The Lady with a Lamp. Drama.

(1931). Stage Play: Springtime for Henry. Comedy.

(1932). Stage Play: Too True to Be Good. Comedy. Written by George Bernard Shaw. Directed by Leslie Banks. Guild Theatre: 4 Apr 1932- May 1932 (closing date unknown/57 performances). Cast: Leo G. Carroll (as "Private Meek"), Alexander Clark Jr., Ernest Cossart (as "Colonel Tallboys"), Julius Evans (as "The Monster"), Beatrice Lillie (as "The Nurse, Sweetie"), Minna Phillips (as "The Elderly Lady"), Claude Rains (as "The Elder, Mr. Bagot"), Frank Shannon, Hugh Sinclair, Hope Williams. Produced by The Theatre Guild.

(1937). Stage Play: To Quito and Back. Comedy. Written by Ben Hecht. Production Supervised by Lawrence Langner and Theresa Helburn. Staged by Philip Moeller. Guild Theatre: 6 Oct 1937- Dec 1937 (closing date unknown/46 performances). Cast: Albert Allen, Walter Armin (as "Officer"), Leslie Banks (as "Alexander Sterns"), Harry Bellaver (as "Comrade Patayo"), Tommi Bissell, Samuel Brown, Joseph Buloff, Edilberto G. Burgos, Alfonso Chavez, Fred Clegg, Francis Compton (as "Howard Evans"), Aristes Corona, Natalia Danesi, Juan De Aguenta, Manuel De Moya, Joseph Monneret De Villard, Isobel Donald, Sidonie Espero, Fredericka Fortello, Tuan Garcia, Walter Greaza (as "Harold Frazer"), Virginia Gregori, Louis Halprin, Muggsie, Virginia Holden, Don Kelly, Manart Kippen (as "Colonel Pizarro"), Michael Lackman, Henry Levin, Mildred Levin, George J. Lewis, Lone Mountain, Lena Peters, Charles H. Pinkham, Eugenia Rawls, Shelia Richart, Manuel Risto, Sylvia Sidney (as "Lola Hobbs"), Horace Sinclair (as "Captain Stewart"), Jack Soanes, Jan Ullrich, Evelyn Varden, Augustin Gonzales Villaverde. Produced by The Theatre Guild.

(1938). Stage Play: Wine of Choice. Comedy. Guild Theatre: 21 Feb 1938- Mar 1938 (closing date unknown/43 performances). Produced by The Theatre Guild.

(1949). Stage Play: Lost in the Stars. Musical/Tragedy. Book by Maxwell Anderson. Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Music Box Theatre: 30 Oct 1949- 1 Jul 1950 (273 performances). Cast: Roy Allen, Leslie Banks [final Broadway role], LaCoste Brown, Robert Byrn, Sibol Cain, Herbert Coleman, Warren Coleman, Joseph Crawford, Todd Duncan, La Verne French (as "The Young Man"), Russell George, William Greaves (as "Matthew Kumalo"), Charles Grunwell, Sheila Guyse, Mabel Hart, Georgette Harvey, Alma Hubbard, Joseph James, Gertrude Jeanette (as "Grace Kumalo"), Mark Kramer, Moses La Mar, Elen Longone, Paul Mario, William Marshall, Inez Matthews (as "Irina"), Julian Mayfield, Robert McFerrin, June McMechen, Charles McRae, John Morley (as "Arthur Jarvis"), Van Prince, Biruta Ramoska, Judson Rees, Elayne Richards, Frank Roane, Jerome Shaw, Gloria Smith, William C. Smith (as "Jared"), Guy Spaull, Christine Spencer, John W. Stanley, Constance Stokes, Joseph Theard, Lucretia West. Produced by The Playwrights' Company (Maxwell Anderson, Elmer Rice, Robert E. Sherwood, Kurt Weill, John F. Wharton). Note: Music Box Theatre owned and operated by Irving Berlin [who had no direct involvement in production] and The Estate of Sam H. Harris.

(1921- 1950's). Throughout his career, English-born Leslie Banks divided his time between the British stage, Hollywood and Broadway. The following is an admittedly incomplete list of his notable productions other than Broadway:

(1921) He acted in Lord Dunsany's play, "If," at the Ambassador's Theatre in London, England with Gladys Cooper, Henry Ainley, Marda Vanne, and George Hayes in the cast. Nigel Playfair was director. C. Lovat Fraser was designer.

(May 1, 1926- July 1926) He acted in Edgar Wallace's play, "The Ringer," at the Wyndham's Theatre in London, England with Dorothy Dickson, Leslie Faber, Franklin Dyall, Gordon Harker, Eric Stanley, Nigel Bruce, Henry Forbes, Betty Hicks, Arthur Stratton, and Naomi Jacob in the cast.

(1931) He acted in Ronald Jeans' play, "Lean Harvest", at the St. Martin's Theatre in London, England with Diana Wynyard, Nigel Bruce, Isobel Wilford, Wilfred Babbage, J.H. Roberts and Evelyn Moore in the cast. Raymond Massey was the director.

(March 15, 1937) He acted at the The Vic-Wells Coronation Year Ball at the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington, London, England with Lilian Baylis, Ivor Novello, Edith Evans, Harold Turner, Robert Helpmann, Mary Honer, Margot Fonteyn, Michael Somes, Leslie Edwards, Charles B. Cochran in the cast. Ninette De Valois was choreographer. Edith Evans and Laurence Olivier presented prizes. Charles B. Cochran, Ivor Novello, and he were judges for the Fancy Dress Parade.

(1937) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "The Taming of the Shrew", at the New Theatre in London, England with Edith Evans, Alec Clunes and Coral Browne (played "Widow") in the cast.

(1938) He acted in Barbara Burnham's stage adaptation of James Hilton's novel, "Goodbye, Mr. Chips," at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London, England with Constance Cummings, Peter Copley, Stuart Burge, Charles Quartermaine, Nigel Stock, Godfrey Kenton, Gillian Lind, Wilfred Babbage, Gerald Campion, and Robin Maule in the cast. Murray MacDonald was director.

(1938) He acted in Pat Wallace and Guy Bolton's play, "The Sun Never Sets," at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, London, England with Edna Best, Todd Duncan, Adelaide Hall, Stewart Granger, Henry Oscar, Mackenzie Ward, Frank Cochrane, Shelagh Furley, Wally Patch, and Charles Farrell in the cast. Basil Dean was director.

(1943) He acted in William Congreve's play, "Love for Love," at the Phoenix Theatre in London, England with John Gielgud, Yvonne Arnaud, Leon Quartermaine, Miles Malleson, Max Adrian, Rosalie Crutchley, Cecil Trouncer, Marian Spencer, Angela Baddeley, and Isabel Dean in the cast. (1944) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet," at the Opera House in Manchester, England with John Gielgud, Marian Spencer, Hazel Terry, Miles Malleson, Max Adrian, John Blatchley, Leon Quartermaine, and Richard Johnson in the cast. George Rylands was director.

(1944) He played King Claudius in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, England with John Gielgud, Marian Spencer, Peggy Ashcroft, Miles Malleson and Richard Johnson in the cast. George Rylands was the director.

(1944- 1945) He acted in W. Somerset Maugham's play, "The Circle", at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, England with John Gielgud, Yvonne Arnaud, Cecil Trouncer, Rosalie Crutchley and John Blatchley in the cast. William Armstrong was the director.

(1945) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "A Midsummer's Night Dream," at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, England with John Gielgud, Peggy Ashcroft, Max Adrian, Leon Quartermaine, Miles Malleson, Leslie Banks, John Blatchley, Rosalie Crutchley, Isabel Dean, Marian Spencer, and Richard Johnson in the cast. Nevill Coghill was director.

(October 1950) He acted in Arthur Wing Pinero's play, "The Second Mrs. Tanqueray", at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London, England with Eileen Herlie, Marie Ney, Basil Dignam, Ronald Ward and Robert Urquhart in the cast. Murray Macdonald was the director and Sir Cecil Beaton was the art director.


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