Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

A play about the war, and far above the average of such efforts, being written by someone with knowledge - or so it seems to me - of military matters and being worked up to an exciting finish. Two German spies are living in Belgium and posing as Dutch farmers. A Frenchwoman, who has fled from justice and was destitute, lives with them as their servant. They find out that she knows their secret and are going to kill her, when an English sergeant arrives in advance of a battery and requires their room and some supper for their captain. He goes and they inform the Germans by wireless and when the captain comes give him wrong information. To make sure they drug his coffee, but Stephanie, the Frenchwoman, contrives to warn him. Later there is a fine fight; the captain is temporarily disabled by one of the ruffians seizing him from behind, but Stephanie comes to the rescue and shoots that one; the other shoots her, being shot in return by the returning sergeant, and she dies, having saved the battery from certain destruction. It is well enough written to be really effective.

Licensed On: 20 Nov 1914

License Number: 3034

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British Library Reference: LCP1914/34

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66082 C

Performances

DateTheatreType
N/A Palace, WalthamstowUnknown Licensed Performance
7 Dec 1914 Palace Theatre, WalthamstowProfessional
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Mary Mayfren and Company
14 Dec 1914 Syndicate Hall, LondonProfessional
21 Dec 1914 Palace Theatre, LondonProfessional
4 Jan 1915 Palace Theatre, LondonProfessional
11 Jan 1915 Empire Theatre, LondonProfessional
18 Jan 1915 Palladium, LondonProfessional
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'one of the best-written and most capably-acted War sketches we have seen' (The Stage, 21 January 1915). Mary Mayfren (actor), F Tennant (actor), H A Lyons (actor), L Cancellor (actor), Jack Vyvyan (actor).
25 Jan 1915 Metropolitan Theatre, LondonProfessional
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'it is quite one of the best War sketches at present to hand.' (The Stage, 28 January 1915)
1 Feb 1915 Palace Theatre, LondonProfessional
8 Feb 1915 Palace Theatre, LondonProfessional
15 Feb 1915 Empire Theatre, LondonProfessional
10 May 1915 Empire Theatre, NottinghamProfessional
17 May 1915 Olympia, LiverpoolProfessional
24 May 1915 Empire, SwanseaProfessional
31 May 1915 Empire Theatre, NewportProfessional
14 Jun 1915 Empire, HartlepoolProfessional
21 Jun 1915 Palace Theatre, LondonProfessional
28 Jun 1915 Coliseum, GlasgowProfessional
5 Jul 1915 Empire, NewcastleProfessional
12 Jul 1915 Empire Theatre, SheffieldProfessional
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'The little play is full of thrills and is acted with great realism ...' (Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 13 July 1915)
26 Jul 1915 Empire Palace, South ShieldsProfessional
2 Aug 1915 Empire Theatre, LondonProfessional
9 Aug 1915 Palace Theatre, LondonProfessional
11 Oct 1915 Syndicate Hall, LondonProfessional
18 Oct 1915 Hippodrome, AstonProfessional
25 Oct 1915 Hippodrome, CoventryProfessional
15 Nov 1915 Alhambra, BradfordProfessional
6 Dec 1915 Argyle Theatre, LiverpoolProfessional
13 Dec 1915 Hippodrome, PaisleyProfessional
20 Dec 1915 Hippodrome, HamiltonProfessional
27 Dec 1915 Royal Hippodrome, BelfastProfessional
3 Jan 1916 Coliseum, DublinProfessional
19 Jan 1916 Palace Theatre, HuddersfieldProfessional
24 Jan 1916 Argyle Theatre, LiverpoolProfessional
31 Jan 1916 Hippodrome, IlfordProfessional
7 Feb 1916 Hippodrome, GloucesterProfessional
14 Feb 1916 Palace Theatre, SouthamptonProfessional
21 Feb 1916 Hippodrome, NorwichProfessional
28 Feb 1916 Hippodrome, IpswichProfessional
20 Mar 1916 Empire Theatre, DewsburyProfessional
27 Mar 1916 Hippodrome, RotherhamProfessional
3 Apr 1916 Hippodrome, DerbyProfessional
17 Apr 1916 Palace & Hippodrome, BurnleyProfessional
24 Apr 1916 Palace Theatre, HalifaxProfessional
1 May 1916 Hippodrome, WiganProfessional
8 May 1916 Empire Theatre, CardiffProfessional
15 May 1916 Hippodrome, StocktonProfessional
22 May 1916 Palace Theatre, BradfordProfessional
29 May 1916 Coliseum, GlasgowProfessional
5 Jun 1916 Empire Theatre, PrestonProfessional
3 Jul 1916 Palace Theatre, HullProfessional
14 Aug 1916 Empire Theatre, SunderlandProfessional
21 Aug 1916 Empire, HartlepoolProfessional
18 Sep 1916 Empire Theatre, BirminghamProfessional
25 Sep 1916 Royal Hippodrome, RochdaleProfessional
23 Oct 1916 King's Theatre, DundeeProfessional
4 Dec 1916 Empire Theatre, NottinghamProfessional
18 Dec 1916 King's Theatre, PortsmouthProfessional
15 Jan 1917 Palace Theatre, ReadingProfessional
22 Jan 1917 Palace, BathProfessional
5 Feb 1917 Royal Hippodrome, BelfastProfessional
12 Feb 1917 Theatre Royal, DublinProfessional
19 Feb 1917 Grand Theatre, BirminghamProfessional
5 Mar 1917 Palace Theatre, LondonProfessional
20 Mar 1917 Empire Palace, EdinburghProfessional
2 Apr 1917 Empire Theatre, LeedsProfessional
9 Apr 1917 Palace Theatre, HullProfessional
23 Apr 1917 Argyle Theatre, LiverpoolProfessional
7 May 1917 Empire, NewcastleProfessional
28 May 1917 Palace Theatre, SouthamptonProfessional
4 Jun 1917 Jubilee Hall, WeymouthProfessional
11 Jun 1917 Palace Theatre, SalisburyProfessional
25 Jun 1917 Hippodrome, CoventryProfessional
10 Sep 1917 Granville Theatre of Varieties, LondonProfessional
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Mary Mayfren and Company
10 Sep 1917 Hippodrome, AstonProfessional
20 Sep 1917 Grand Theatre, BoltonProfessional
19 Nov 1917 Palace & Hippodrome, BurnleyProfessional
26 Nov 1917 Hippodrome, BirminghamProfessional
3 Dec 1917 Palace Theatre, HuddersfieldProfessional
22 Apr 1918 Hippodrome, LiverpoolProfessional
16 Dec 1918 Hippodrome, LondonProfessional
30 Dec 1918 Palace Theatre, LondonProfessional