Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

"Where is He?" Is the question troubling the simple mind of the devout chapel-going widow of an agnostic miner, who has just lost his life in a pit accident and lies in his coffin in a room adjoining the scene of this depressing little play. All of the widow's religious teaching from the pulpit leads her, and the deacon of her chapel, to believe that the deceased, in spite of his virtues as a man, a husband and a father, must be suffering in hell he punishment of his refusal of a creed. The poor woman defends his memory as best she may, in the course of a characteristic argument over a proposed prayer-meeting to be held in sympathy with her and her children. But she is getting the worst of it when the news comes that the poor fellow's death was due to his deliberate self-sacrifice of [on] behalf of a fellow-workman; whereupon the Pastor sensibly ends the discussion with the quotation "Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends." Didactic rather than dramatic; but sound if heavy-hand in its teaching [...]

Researcher's Summary:

A performance was also given at the Royal Court in January 1917 by Annie Hornimann's company. 'It was so much like life that half of it was inaudible from the dress circle' (unidentified newspaper article, Court Theatre records, VAM)

Licensed On: 26 Aug 1916

License Number: 422



British Library Reference: LCP1916/20

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66141 C


4 Sep 1916 Gaiety Theatre, ManchesterUnknown Licensed Performance
8 Jan 1917 Court Theatre, LondonProfessional
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Performed in a double bill, as the second piece following 'The Amazons' by Arthur Wing Pinero. Performed by Annie Horniman's company as part of their season at the Court, every afternoon at 2.15 and Weds, Thurs and Sat evenings at 7.45pm. Performed until further notice.