Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

A Revue of the kind now familiar, in its incoherence and its reliance for its point upon the 'specialities' of song and dance and comic 'business' introduced by its star interpreters. Such story as it has deals with the brief dash cut by a furniture-remover when he suddenly comes into a fortune, and throws over his humble fiancee, a factory girl, for a damsel who visits an East-end constituency in order to capture votes for a lordling Parliamentary candidate. After we have seen the lowly hero engaged at  Inchend, otherwise Whitechapel, idling as usual over his thirst-provoking work, we accompany him to his unaccustomed revelry at Nagg's Island, to his ventures at the card tables, to his burlesque of the entertainments at the Alhambra and Barnet Fair, and finally to his mock-melodramatic parting from the aristocratic charmer who has helped him to run through his wealth. The raison d'etre of the play is its contrast between the representatives of Park Lane and Whitechapel who constitute its dramatis personae. There is nothing in it to offend, and little to amuse, save what may be imparted by the personal drollery of the performers. The words of the ballad scene IV, page 36a, should if new be resubmitted for approval. Ernest A. Bendall  [Additional licence 30th September 1916] The first of these new scenes deals with fresh business for the Picnic up the River and the quarrel after its failure. The second is a Trench-episode in which German officers and soldiers are shown displaying cowardice, greed and treachery on the approach of conquering British troops whom they have just disgustedly watched playing football, to the accompaniment of bagpipes. The third is a new finale in place of the previous Barnet fair, in which the burlesque melodrama of the plot, such as it is, is wound up with much the same result as before. Harmless, if cheap, in it's ridicule of our enemies' trench manners. [manager infd. That these new scenes can be included in licensed MS] [...]

Licensed On: 12 Jul 1916

License Number: 337



British Library Reference: LCP1916/16

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66137 G


17 Jul 1916 London Opera House, LondonUnknown Licensed Performance