Chu Chin Chow pot

Chu Chin Chow pot

This pot is one of hundreds made during the run of Chu Chin Chow. Every night, a potter from the famous firm of Wedgwood made a pot as part of the ‘atmosphere’ in the market scene. The show opened in 1916, and smashed all box office records of the time by running for five years. The pot is signed by the show’s creators, husband and wife Oscar Asche and Lily Brayton. This husband and wife team had had a big success with Kismet in earlier years. Asche wrote Chu Chin Chow along similar lines, basing it on Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. It was a tale of melodrama and murder, comedy and colour in 15 extravagant scenes. Full stage oriental sets and extravagant, sculptural costumes combined in a fabulous visual pageant.