Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

Col. Drury bases his little play on the ‘historical note; to the effect that Theodore Palaeologus, fourth in direct line from the last byzantine emperor, lies buried (date, 1636) in Landulph on the Tamar, and on the tradition his descendants still live there. He imagines a ‘Balkan emissary’, at the outbreak of war, coming to old Simon Paleol, a miner, and suggesting that the Balkans should be peacefully united under him as emperor. Simon hesitates, until he learns he will have to change his religion and leave his wife, when he is properly indignant. Then he hears of the death of his son fighting in the War, and that no one else may tempt him from his allegiance to King and country flings the old ring, the proof of his decent [sic] into the Tamar. It is of course a purely fanciful story and is written with grace and feeling. Recommended for license. G. S. Street.

Licensed On: 5 Oct 1916

License Number: 502




British Library Reference: LCP1916/24

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66145 I


11 Oct 1916 Repertory Theatre, PlymouthUnknown Licensed Performance