Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

This is a sentimental melodrama, with many confused issues loosely connected by sentimental songs and social politics of to-day. Its main story is that of a strike at a Welsh Foundry, engineered by a German spy. The secondary plot finds its motive in the vengeful desire of the Foundry proprietor's illegitimate son to ruin him, as a punishment for his ill-treatment of the betrayed woman who died after being deserted. Other threads in the complicated and ignorantly -made fabric are provided by the villainy of the Foundry proprietor's legitimate son, who has seduced the daughter of the local Innkeeper and (in order to avoid discovery by the heroine whom it is imperative that he should marry in order to save the business from ruin) gets his victim lured away to a disreputable night-club in London, where he tries to attribute her disgrace to his unknown half-brother. The scenes at this night-club are even more crude than those at the Foundry; but the curious mixture is quite innocuous, as are also the ditties which are to accompany and illustrate its presentation. Recommended for License. Ernest A. Bendall

Licensed On: 12 Jan 1916

License Number: 6

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British Library Reference: LCP1916/1

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66122 F

Performances

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17 Jan 1916 Elephant and Castle Theatre, LondonProfessional Licensed Performance
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The play was produced by Leonard Mortimer's company. It featured: Leonard Mortimer (Slow), Violet Wilkinson (Gwendoline), Rupert Talbot (Geoffrey Gard), Ernest Stidwell (Noel), Henry G Gilpin (Otto Nuber), Louis Gaye (Peebles), and Whitchurch Welsh Quartette.
7 Feb 1916 Theatre Royal, BoltonProfessional
14 Feb 1916 Empire Theatre, RipleyProfessional
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This production was performed by Marie Danvers Smith and Co.
14 Feb 1916 New Theatre Royal, CastlefordProfessional
28 Feb 1916 Alhambra, StourbridgeProfessional
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Featuring Leonard Mortimer (Slow), Violet Wilkinson (Gwendoline), Rupert Talbot (Geoffrey Gard), Ernest Stidwell (Noel), Henry G Gilpin (Otto Nuber), Louis Gaye (Peebles), Winifred Rees (Meegan Morgan), Ida Clifford (Blodwyn Jenkins), Whitchurch Welsh Quartette
6 Mar 1916 Theatre Royal, SmethwickProfessional
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Performed by Leondard Mortimer's company.
13 Mar 1916 Theatre Royal, AstonProfessional
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Performed by Leonard Mortimer (Slow), Violet Wilkinson (Gwendoline), Rupert Talbot (Geoffrey Gard), Ernest Stidwell (Noel), Henry G Gilpin (Otto Nuber), Louis Gaye (Peebles), Winifred Rees (Meegan Morgan), Ida Clifford (Blodwyn Jenkins), Whitchurch Welsh Quartette, Winifred Rees (singer), Louis Walsh (singer)
20 Mar 1916 Grand Theatre, NottinghamProfessional
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Performed by Leonard Mortimer's company.
21 Mar 1916 Prince's Theatre, BradfordProfessional
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Performed by Leonard Mortimer's company.
27 Mar 1916 County Theatre, ReadingProfessional
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The 'Reading Observer' noted that 'it would not be easy to find an all round better entertainment' (1 April 1916)
3 Apr 1916 Theatre Royal, LeedsProfessional
10 Apr 1916 Pavilion Theatre, NorthwichProfessional
17 Apr 1916 Theatre Royal, WolverhamptonProfessional
24 Apr 1916 Bordesley Palace, BirminghamProfessional
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Performed by Leonard Mortimer's Company.
1 May 1916 Theatre Royal, LeicesterProfessional
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Performed by Leonard Mortimer's Company.
15 May 1916 Scala Theatre, SeacombeProfessional
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Performed by Leonard Mortimer's Company.
4 Sep 1916 Theatre and Opera House, CheltenhamProfessional
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Performed by Leonard Mortimer's Company.
11 Sep 1916 Queen's Theatre Leeds, LeedsProfessional
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Performed by Leonard Mortimer's Company.
18 Sep 1916 Theatre Royal and Opera House, BarnsleyProfessional
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Performed by Leonard Mortimer's Company.
25 Sep 1916 Metropole Theatre, GatesheadProfessional
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Performed by Leonard Mortimer's Company.
2 Oct 1916 Theatre Royal, JarrowProfessional
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Performed by Leonard Mortimer's Company.
16 Oct 1916 Theatre Royal, DewsburyProfessional
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Performed by Leonard Mortimer's Company.
23 Oct 1916 Palladium, HartlepoolProfessional
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Performed by Leonard Mortimer's Company.
30 Oct 1916 ?, RotherhamProfessional
13 Nov 1916 Hippodrome, AberdareProfessional
11 Dec 1916 Rotunda, LiverpoolProfessional