Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

This is a thrilling little sketch of an attempt by a German spy to get temporary control of a British wireless station, and from thence to send bogus messages luring the fleet to its destruction by mines. Before it is successfully carried through by drugging and shooting the operator, the plot is fortunately discovered by the Red Cross Nurse in attendance upon the wounded telegraphist, and is defeated in the nick of time through her lucky acquaintance with Morse and other codes. Quite timely in its sensationalism: and recommended for license. Ernest A. Bendall

Researcher's Summary:

'Saved By Wireless' was first performed on 11 October 1909 at the Palace Theatre, Gloucester. Heron rewrote the story to contain a war element and had it relicensed. Gilbert Heron wrote, produced and performed in the play with several other family members. Drawing on his work as a radio engineer and with Marconi, he used real Marconi electronic instruments as dramatic props. When the Great War started, government officials visited the theatre where it was being performed and shut down the electrical effects from the radio transmitter, worried that they might be used to send information to Germany.

Licensed On: 8 Aug 1916

License Number: 392

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British Library Reference: LCP1916/18

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66139 P

Performances

DateTheatreType
N/A Hippodrome, RotherhitheUnknown Licensed Performance
14 Sep 1914 Hippodrome, RochdaleProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
9 Nov 1914 Theatre of Varieties, GranvilleProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
16 Nov 1914 Coliseum, PortsmouthProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
14 Dec 1914 Market Theatre, AylesburyProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
18 Jan 1915 Empire Theatre, PrestonProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
15 Feb 1915 Theatre Royal, GuildfordProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
19 Jul 1915 Empire Electric Theatre, MotherwellProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
26 Jul 1915 Electric Theatre, FalkirkProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
6 Sep 1915 Alhambra, LeithProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
13 Sep 1915 Palace Theatre, ArbroathProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
8 Nov 1915 Palace Theatre, SouthamptonProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
5 Jun 1916 Palace Theatre, Chelsea, LondonProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
12 Jun 1916 Metropolitan Theatre, LondonProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
17 Jun 1916 Empire Theatre, Ardwick Green, ManchesterProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
26 Jun 1916 Palace Theatre, HalifaxProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
3 Jul 1916 Palace Theatre, BradfordProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
6 Nov 1916 ?, Tottenham, LondonProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
20 Nov 1916 Hippodrome, Poplar, LondonProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
27 Nov 1916 Palace, HammersmithProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
15 Jan 1917 ?, East HamProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
7 May 1917 Empire Theatre, IslingtonProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
21 May 1917 Hippodrome, PutneyProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
6 Aug 1917 Hippodrome, BirminghamProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
13 Aug 1917 Palace Theatre, Camberwell, LondonProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
24 Sep 1917 Hippodrome, BalhamProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company.
24 Dec 1917 Theatre of Varieties, GranvilleProfessional
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Gilbert Heron and company
27 Jan 1919 Hippodrome, Poplar, LondonProfessional
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Performed by Gilbert Heron and company