In 1946, Godfrey Tearle performed in Anthony and Cleopatra at the Piccadilly Theatre. When the young actor playing his servant Eros suddenly fell ill, an unprepared replacement was pushed on at the last moment to assist in removing Anthony's armor. "Unarm, Eros," Godfrey instructed. "The long day's task is done. Off! Pluck, off!" The young replacement appeared aghast. "I'm so sorry!" he cried, and promptly retired from the scene.