Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

Ned enlisted like a man. He was, however, unwise enough to take in his friend Phil to live with him and his wife Lily, his wife's sister Eva and her aged father and mother. Phil was not only a slacker but a villain. He had already seduced Eva and refused to marry her whereupon she fled from home. Ned being reported killed he induced Lily to marry him, treated her abominably and drove her to steal a handbag to save their child's life. But of course Ned turned up well and hearty, downed Phil, and took his wife back - her marriage with Phil being void. Eva also turned up again and was espoused by a good young man. Phil was carried off to a recruiting station. It is rather an unpleasant feature that the villain's two victims should be sisters, and there is an unpleasant episode when the villain gets a villainous pal to take away Eva’s character. But the tone of the play is not objectionable and there is no indecency of speech or incident. It is, in fact, the ordinary sort of machine-made melodrama. Recommended for license. G. S. Street

Licensed On: 15 Feb 1916

License Number: 61


British Library Reference: LCP1916/3

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66124 I


21 Feb 1916 Theatre Royal, HydeUnknown Licensed Performance