Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

A rather well-written melodrama with an exciting finish. Elsie, the heroine, lives with her widowed and ruined mother in an old castle on the Firth of Forth. The latter opposed her marriage with Capt. Charlton and it was put off till too late, as they had lived together and he went to the front and was killed in saving the life of Lieut. Hope, R. N.. Hope promised the dying man to give Elsie the protection of his name, not knowing hers. But of course he turned up at the castle, now a hydro run by the wife of a German spy. A plot is laid to make hope think Elsie was an immoral person by finding her in his room: she had been told it was now hers. But he discovers her identity and confounds the plotters by marrying her. The latter part of the play is a complicated spying scheme-signalling from the turret to a U-boat and so forth which Elsie, after being unjustly suspected herself, defeats the spies plot and other villains are disposed of and Elsie and Hope are going to be happy ever after. There is no harm in the play, though one may regret the frequency of the ‘unmarried mother’ in contemporary melodramas. I paused, naturally, over the bed-room scene - slip: the pages are not numbered - but there is no offence in it: Hope simply finds Elsie in bed and as soon as matters are explained alarms the house. Moreover the actual bedroom is in a recess of the stage, I gather, with curtains between it and the main stage where the dialogue takes place. Recommended for license, G. S. Street

Licensed On: 24 Jul 1916

License Number: 361

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British Library Reference: LCP1916/17

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66138 F

Performances

DateTheatreType
2 Aug 1916 Rotunda, LiverpoolProfessional Licensed Performance
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Performed during the weeks of 2 August and 7 August by: Harry Tresham (John Hope), Clifford Rean (Robert Charlton), John Burton (Simon Keen), J P Marsden (Tom Tough), J Fulton Millar (Otto Brandt), P Neston (Capt. Johnson), H Webster (Dr Stanton), H Sydney (Pte Brown), Nancy Mitchell (Winnie Wilson), Emma Rainbow (Mrs Maynard), Gabrielle Romero (Mrs Brandt), Winifred Rutland (Isobelle Brandt), Leah Corentez (Elsie Maynard). Described by the Era as 'One of the best which has come from the gifted pen of Miss Elwes' (9 August 1916).
14 Aug 1916 Metropole Theatre, OpenshawProfessional
21 Aug 1916 Theatre Royal, CastlefordProfessional
28 Aug 1916 Theatre Royal, JarrowProfessional
4 Sep 1916 Palace, NewcastleProfessional
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Performed by Messrs Jazon and Montgomery Company.
11 Sep 1916 Theatre Royal, LeedsProfessional
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'There is war in abundance in this piece' (Yorkshire Evening Post, 12 September 1916)
18 Sep 1916 Grand Theatre, StocktonProfessional
25 Sep 1916 Alexandra Theatre, HullProfessional
9 Oct 1916 Empire Theatre, Cradley HeathProfessional
16 Oct 1916 Theatre Royal, AstonProfessional
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Performed by Messrs Jazon and Montgomery Company.
23 Oct 1916 Palace Theatre, GloucesterProfessional
30 Oct 1916 Prince's Theatre, PortsmouthProfessional
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Performed by Messrs Jazon and Montgomery Company
6 Nov 1916 Queen's Theatre, PoplarProfessional
13 Nov 1916 Elephant and Castle Theatre, LondonProfessional
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Cast included: Harry Tresham (John Hope), Clifford Rean (Robert Charlton), John Burton (Simon Keen), Newton Pearce (Tom Tough), J Fulton Millar (Otto Brandt), P Neston (Capt. Johnson), H Webster (Dr Stanton), H Sydney (Pte Brown), Nancy Mitchell (Winnie Wilson), Emma Rainbow (Mrs Maynard), Gabrielle Romero (Mrs Brandt), Winifred Rutland (Isobelle Brandt), Leah Corentez (Elsie Maynard)
20 Nov 1916 King's Theatre, LongsightProfessional
27 Nov 1916 Hippodrome, SalfordProfessional
4 Dec 1916 Pavilion, LiverpoolProfessional
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Performed by Messrs Jazon and Montgomery Company
11 Dec 1916 Hippodrome, PrestonProfessional
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Performed by Messrs Jazon and Montgomery Company
18 Dec 1916 Theatre Royal, MiddlesboroughProfessional
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Performed by Mr C Hill Mitcheson's Royal Stock Company.
18 Dec 1916 Theatre Royal, SunderlandProfessional
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Performed by Albert Sember and Company
18 Dec 1916 Royal Osborne Theatre, ManchesterProfessional
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Performed by Messrs Jazon and Montgomery Company
1 Jan 1917 Hippodrome, WednesburyProfessional
4 Jan 1917 Hippodrome, BilstonProfessional
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Performed by Messrs Jazon and Montgomery Company
8 Jan 1917 ?, NorwichProfessional
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Performed by Messrs Jazon and Montgomery Company
15 Jan 1917 Hippodrome, DarwenProfessional
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Performed by Messrs Jazon and Montgomery Company
22 Jan 1917 Grand Junction Theatre, HulmeProfessional
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Performed by Messrs Jazon and Montgomery Company
5 Feb 1917 Rotunda, LiverpoolProfessional
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Performed by Messrs Jazon and Montgomery Company
19 Feb 1917 Grand Theatre, PlymouthProfessional
26 Feb 1917 Palace Theatre, RochdaleProfessional
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Performed by Messrs Jazon and Montgomery Company
22 Jul 1918 Alexandra Theatre, HullProfessional
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Performed by Harry Tresham (John Hope), John Hooker (Robert Charlton), F Thorpe Tracey (Simon Keen), Will E Moss (Tom Tough), Charles Yorke (Otto Brandt), Arthur Bell (Capt. Johnson),Harry Harrop (Dr Stanton), Nancy Mitchell (Winnie Wilson), Miss Bell (Mrs Brandt), May Payne (Isobelle Brandt), Dora Marriott (Elsie Maynard).