The Better 'Ole - Toronto Company
The first of Mr & Mrs Coburn's touring companies of "The Better 'Ole" to go on the road opened at the Princess Theatre, Toronto on 30 December 1918. It was headed by James K Hackett as Old Bill.
Hackett's company played for 2 weeks at Toronto, and then set off on the road, following a route which would take them to more than 20 cities in a dozen or more States from Syracuse to San Francisco.
Cities visited by James K Hackett's company of "The Better 'Ole" between January and May 1919 included:
Syracuse - Buffalo - Cleveland - Winnipeg - Kansas City - Omaha - Des Moines - Minneapolis - Saskatoon - Baltimore - Allentown - Scranton - Trenton, NJ - Harrisburg - Washington DC - Pittsburgh - Sacramento - Oakland - San Francisco
Old Bill --- James K Hackett
Bert --- Harry Radford Allen
Alf --- Horace Sinclair
Rachel --- Penelope Rowland
Colonel --- Arthur Clare
A Spy --- Henry Sherwood
Suzette --- Gladys George
A Tommy --- Henry Pyper
Victoire --- Marcia Abbe
captain of Women War Workers --- Helen Murdock
Mlitary Postman --- Thomas Ellis
Captain Milne --- Harry Kendall
Berthe --- Aida St Clair
French Officer --- Henry Sherwood
French Porter --- Gus Pittleoud
Maggie --- Ada Sinclair
Kate --- Marion Berry
Vicar --- William A Evans
Following Hackett's unexpected departure from "The Better 'Ole" the role of Old Bill was taken up by Leonard Booker, who had up until this time been playing the Sergeant Major in the play. From 15 May 1919 Old Bill was played by Dewolf Hopper, who travelled to San Francisco specially to take over.