The series of illustrated
articles by H W Whanslaw, in the 1923 ‘Chatterbox
Annual’, were re-published in 1924 as a book
under the title ‘Everybody’s Theatre’.
The interest created by
this book, resulted in the formation of ‘The
British Model Theatre Guild’ in 1925 and in turn,
to a partnership between Harry Whanslaw and
Lanchester and Whanslaw’s
pioneering experiments and successes with their
London Marionette Theatre (founded 1927) formed the basis for a
series of further finely illustrated books by H W Whanslaw and it was the
renewed enthusiasm generated by these highly practical
and informative “how to do it” puppet books that forged
the future course of puppetry in the UK.