Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

The only objection to this melodrama is that it deals with sailors and the battle of Jutland and therefore offends one’s sense of proportion: there is of course no bad intention and the objection, except in one instance, is only one of taste. The story is of a usual type. Before the play begins Admiral Hardy was led falsely to believe that his wife was faithless and had become the mistress of one Beaumont, in reality a German spy. The admiral kept their daughter, his wife their son. Starkey, another scoundrel, wants to marry the daughter, Rose. Beaumont and he lured her to Beaumont’s house on promise of meeting her mother, with the object of forcing the admiral, when he follows her, to betray the movements of the Fleet by threatening to kill Rose. That plot is defeated and Beaumont gets into the Admiral’s ship, having got a defaulting sailor’s uniform, and when the battle of Jutland begins places a bomb, which is rendered harmless by the Admiral’s son Jack, joined as first class boy under a different name. Beaumont is shot, first confessing the falseness of his charges. The ship is afterwards saved by the heroism of Jack and all ends happily. The comic relief includes a sailor, but though he is absurd he is made a good fellow and there is no harm intended. More serious is the introduction of another sailor in a hopelessly drunken state- Part II p.p.45-47 - and I think that should be cut out. There is a caustic reference (p.61) to the Admiralty’s first report of the battle, but that is merely a reflection of a pretty general opinion. Apart from the drunken sailor I do not think there is anything in the play which can be cut out, though, as I have suggested, the introduction of the Jutland battle and its heroism into a tawdry melodrama annoys one. Recommended for license. G. S. Street

Licensed On: 2 Sep 1916

License Number: 438

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British Library Reference: LCP1916/21

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66142 G

Performances

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11 Sep 1916 Hippodrome, SalfordProfessional Licensed Performance
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"an interesting story, which appeared to give much pleasure to a large and enthusiastic audience", The Era. Performers: Dot Stephens (Rose Hardy), Muriel Marsden (Jack Dunstone), Dora Wynne (Beatrice Dunstone), H Cooper (Rear Admiral Sir J Hardy), V Gamon (Lieut Hampton), George Hazlehurst (Montague Beaumont), James Macintosh (Graham Starkey), Charles Buxton (Bob Crumpet), John Errol (Ben Diggle), G Vickers (Polly Cooksey)
18 Sep 1916 Royal Osborne Theatre, ManchesterProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Company
2 Oct 1916 Theatre Royal, LiverpoolProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Company
9 Oct 1916 Junction Theatre, ManchesterProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Company
16 Oct 1916 Prince's Theatre, PortsmouthProfessional
23 Oct 1916 Corporation Theatre, ChesterfieldProfessional
30 Oct 1916 Palace Theatre, DerbyProfessional
6 Nov 1916 Empire, RipleyProfessional
13 Nov 1916 Palace Theatre, GloucesterProfessional
1 Jan 1917 Palace Theatre, BelperProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Company Other acts on bill: "Should They Marry"
5 Feb 1917 Hippodrome, BatleyProfessional
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Performers: Dot and Company Other acts on bill: "Should They Marry"
26 Mar 1917 Grand Theatre, FalkirkProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Company Other acts on bill: Shall They Marry
2 Apr 1917 Metropole, GlasgowProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Co Other acts on bill: Should They Marry On Friday 6th Dot Stephens played Jo, the crossing sweeper in "Bleak House" in a special benefit.,
16 Apr 1917 Metropole, GlasgowProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Company
7 May 1917 Grand, HartlepoolProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Co
21 May 1917 Theatre Royal, JarrowProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Co
11 Jun 1917 Palace, NewcastleProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Co
18 Jun 1917 Hippodrome, HuddersfieldProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Co
25 Jun 1917 Theatre Royal, SheffieldProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Co
3 Sep 1917 Grand Theatre, PlymouthProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Co
10 Sep 1917 Alexandra Theatre, BirminghamProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Co
24 Sep 1917 Theatre Royal, SunderlandProfessional
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Performers: Albert Sember's Company
8 Oct 1917 New Theatre Royal, CastlefordProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Co
29 Oct 1917 Alexandra Theatre, HullProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Co
8 Nov 1917 Theatre Royal, Bury St EdmondProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Co
19 Nov 1917 Her Majesty's Theatre, WalsallProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Co
10 Dec 1917 Prince's Theatre, BradfordProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Co
12 Mar 1918 Hippodrome, HamiltonProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Company Other acts on bill: Should They Marry
20 Apr 1918 Hippodrome, HamiltonProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Co
22 Apr 1918 Garrick Theatre, EdinburghProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Co
27 May 1918 Royal Theatre, BuryProfessional
10 Jun 1918 Grand Theatre, HalifaxProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Co
1 Jul 1918 Theatre Royal, North ShieldsProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Co
29 Jul 1918 Opera House, CoventryProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Co
5 Aug 1918 Royalty Theatre, ChesterProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Co
5 Aug 1918 Royalty Theatre, ChesterProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Co
9 Sep 1918 Alexandra Theatre, HullProfessional
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Performers: Watson Mill Stock Repertory Company
30 Sep 1918 Shodfriar's Hall, BostonProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Co
1 Apr 1921 Her Majesty's Theatre, WalsallProfessional
11 Jul 1921 Grand, LancasterProfessional
10 Aug 1921 Theatre Royal, DewsburyProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Co