THE LEADING MEN: Jefferson Mays Wears Many Hats (and Boots and Bustles and Coats) in the New Musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

By Evan Henerson
12 Mar 2013

Mays, with Heather Ayers, as Lord Adalbert D'Ysquith.
Photo by Henry DiRocco

Lord Adalbert D'Ysquith, the 8th Earl of D'Ysquith — an Arrogant Formidable Presence
Mays: "We wanted him to stand out. I suggested to Linda the pink coat, the red crimson fox hatting, the top hat, jodhpurs and boots and riding crop or a whip with the antlers at the end. And gloves. He's always in full fox-hunting regalia even at the dinner table."

Lord Asquith D'Ysquith — Elderly Banker Not Usually Given to Public Displays of Emotion
Mays: "He's a man of business. I embraced the stereotypes from all the Ealing Studios comedies I saw. He has the mourning clothes, the top hat and a cane. He seems a bit feeble."


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