Frederick Lonsdale Estate

Frederick Lonsdale Estate Portrait


Frederick Lonsdale, born in Jersey in 1881 as Lionel Frederick Leonard, began his career in theatre as lyricist and book-writer on numerous musical comedies including MONSIEUR BEAUCAIRE, MADAME POMPADOUR and THE MAID OF THE MOUNTAINS.

His first play was produced in London in 1908 and his last in 1950, whilst his first successful comedy, AREN'T WE ALL? was produced in 1923 and was followed by SPRING CLEANING (1925), THE LAST OF MRS CHEYNEY (1926), ON APPROVAL (1927) and CANARIES SOMETIMES SING (1929) amongst others.

His last play, THE WAY THINGS GO, was written in 1949, five years before his death. Lonsdale remains with Noel Coward and Somerset Maugham one of the most successful dramatists to emerge from Great Britain in the '20s and '30s.