Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

At the Hotel de Waterloo in Brussels, in a room whose portraits of wellington and some of his staff recall memories of 1815, there is staying, on the eve of the present War, the beautiful Liane, an Austrian spy, bent upon the purchase of secret plans from the bankrupt and broken English officer, Captain Cardale. much as he despises himself, Cardale is nearly yielding to the temptation of the big bribe and of Liane’s personal fascination, when he is suddenly pulled up by the sound of ‘The British Grenadiers’ played by a passing band, and by his sight of the portrait of the great duke, he puts the plans in the fire, and in his shame is about to shoot himself; but Liane, indignant though she is at having sold her kiss without getting the price for it, prevents his suicide, and even encourages him to re-join his army and redeem his honour. Pleasantly human in its effective treatment of a hackneyed theme; and, recommended for license. Ernest A. Bendall.

Licensed On: 29 Sep 1916

License Number: 484



British Library Reference: LCP1916/23

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66144 N


N/A Court Theatre, LondonUnknown Licensed Performance
13 Nov 1916 King's Theatre, SouthseaProfessional
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Presented and Performed by Ethel Irving who had recently returned from a 9-month tour of South Africa. Also performing was Owen Roughwood. In the same bill were The Selbinis, a cycling act in black and white, May Starr (dancer), Ermay and Rey, W. O. Robinson (Canadian with a mouth organ), and Dora Lyric (comedienne and singer).