Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

This is not the problem play that its title suggests. It is simply an amateurish and wildly improbable melodrama, having for its central motive the determination of a father to prevent its daughter’s marriage to the man she loves in order to force her to marry a hated rival of his own choice. To achieve his end the father stops at no crime. Although he knows that his daughter’s marriage is necessary in order that her expected child may be legitimate, he tops it by a blow which lays her lover senseless on the morning of the intended wedding, and by then kidnapping him to carry him off to his regiment -he is a young soldier just ordered off on Foreign Service. The deserted girl swears that she will never forgive her lover, whose letters from abroad her father suppresses, and whose death he announces, though he knows the lad to be a prisoner in a German camp. From the crudely illustrated brutalities of that camp the hero is rescued by the puerile strategy of a couple of his comic but benevolent English friends, posing as medical inspectors authorised by the American embassy: and a happy ending to the foolish romance is provided in the utter discomfiture of the wicked father, and in his daughter’s forgiveness of the lover who had never intended to add faithlessness to seduction. Poor stuff but harmless. Recommended for license Ernest A. Bendall.

Licensed On: 27 May 1916

License Number: 266

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British Library Reference: LCP1916/12

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66133 T

Performances

DateTheatreType
3 Apr 1916 Globe Theatre, StocktonProfessional
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Performed on the bill with three films one of which was "Four Feathers"
6 Jun 1916 Theatre Royal, LiverpoolUnknown Licensed Performance
12 Jun 1916 Royal Palace, LiverpoolProfessional
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The play ran here for two weeks. The Era wrote that the 'authoress must certainly be complimented on it's sound construction' (14 June 1916). Cast included Will Casey, Edward Swinton, Edward Aldworth, George Delaforce, Annie Mitchell, A C Ashton-Roe, Tom E Wood, Henry Bedord, Phyllis Massey, and Florrie Kelsey.
26 Jun 1916 Theatre Royal, South ShieldsProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and Company
10 Jul 1916 Hippodrome, WednesburyProfessional
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Performed here for three weeks.
31 Jul 1916 Alexandra Theatre, BirminghamProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
7 Aug 1916 Hippodrome, BilstonProfessional
14 Aug 1916 Metropole Theatre, GlasgowProfessional
21 Aug 1916 Theatre Royal, BarnsleyProfessional
28 Aug 1916 Queen's Theatre Leeds, LeedsProfessional
4 Sep 1916 Rotunda, LiverpoolProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
11 Sep 1916 Royal Osborne Theatre, ManchesterProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
18 Sep 1916 Hippodrome, SalfordProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
25 Sep 1916 Metropole Theatre, OpenshawProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
9 Oct 1916 Theatre Royal, WoolwichProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
16 Oct 1916 Hippodrome, NuneatonProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
30 Oct 1916 Hippodrome, BatleyProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
6 Nov 1916 Victoria Theatre, WalthamstowProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
13 Nov 1916 Theatre Royal, AstonProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
20 Nov 1916 Theatre Royal, SmethwickProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
27 Nov 1916 Alexandra Theatre, HullProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
11 Dec 1916 Theatre Royal, ChathamProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
26 Dec 1916 Imperial Theatre, Canning Town, LondonProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
12 Feb 1917 Globe Theatre, DealProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
19 Feb 1917 Elephant and Castle Theatre, LondonProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
5 Mar 1917 Opera House, WakefieldProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
12 Mar 1917 Metropole Theatre, GlasgowProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
19 Mar 1917 Theatre Royal, AstonProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
26 Mar 1917 Theatre Royal, SmethwickProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
9 Apr 1917 Theatre Royal, LeedsProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
16 Apr 1917 Opera House, WakefieldProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
23 Apr 1917 Theatre Royal, DarlingtonProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
30 Apr 1917 Theatre Royal, WolverhamptonProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
7 May 1917 Palace, WellingboroughProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
14 May 1917 Palace Theatre Wrexham, WrexhamProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
25 Jun 1917 Theatre Royal, South ShieldsProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
2 Jul 1917 Theatre Royal, SeahamProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
9 Jul 1917 Palace, NewcastleProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
16 Jul 1917 Her Majesty's Theatre, WalsallProfessional
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Performed by the Walsall Repertory Company.
16 Jul 1917 Palace Theatre, SelbyProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
23 Jul 1917 Alexandra Theatre, BirminghamProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
30 Jul 1917 Prince's Theatre, BlackburnProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company for two weeks.
13 Aug 1917 Theatre Royal, StanleyProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
20 Aug 1917 Public Hall, RuncornProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
10 Sep 1917 Palace theatre, BordesleyProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
17 Sep 1917 Hippodrome, WednesburyProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
3 May 1920 Theatre Royal, SheffieldProfessional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.