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Examiner of Plays' Summary:

An old-fashioned melodrama. Count Paul D’Auvergne and Lorette, the beautiful niece of the dear old priest, are in love. But Paul only inherits his fortune on condition of his marrying within a year, failing which it passes to his wicked cousin Pierre. So Pierre and Mathilde, the villainess, after Paul has gone away, (1) suppress all letters between Paul and Lorette, so that the former does not know she is to become a mother and she does not know he is coming back to marry her, (2) tell her that Paul is already married, (3) try to murder Lorette’s child, think they have succeeded and (4) accuse her of the crime. But Paul turns up in time and after being repulsed by Lorette, who has inherited money and become a “giddy votary of fashion” convinces her of his truth, and the Abbe produces the rescued child, and Mathilde, after the convenient habit of villainesses, murders the villain. It is all naïve and harmless, with nothing over-violent in dialogue or action. Recommended for Licence. G.S. Street

Researcher's Summary:

This licensed script for this play did not list an author but subsequent research identified Eva Elwes as the playwright.

Licensed On: 6 Nov 1916

License Number: 560

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British Library Reference: LCP1916/27

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66148 I

Performances

DateTheatreType
N/A Empire Theatre, Heaton, NottsUnknown Licensed Performance
26 Dec 1916 Royal Theatre, BarnsleyProfessional
22 Jan 1917 King's Theatre, LongsightProfessional
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Twice nightly
30 Jan 1917 Opera House, CoventryProfessional
5 Feb 1917 Theatre Royal, WoolwichProfessional
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'The piece is well-staged and dressed, and the story is strong and full of incidents and movement. ... Produced at Barnsley on Boxing Day, the play has since been toured with increased success at each town visited; and now upon its appearance in Greater London, it should gain even more popularity.' ('The Stage', 8 February 1917 p. 16)
26 Feb 1917 Osborne Theatre, ManchesterProfessional
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Twice nightly
12 Mar 1917 Theatre Royal, JarrowProfessional
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Twice nightly
10 Apr 1917 Theatre Royal, AstonProfessional
16 Apr 1917 New Hall, BargoedProfessional
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'The play, which is by Eva Elwes, is brimful of interest. Brittany (Northern France) is one of those strange, primitive corners of the world, which has remained unaffected by modern progress. This powerful play gives a fascinating glimpse into the life of the superstitious people of that land of sunshine and flowers.' ('Monmouth Guardian', 13 April 1917)
7 May 1917 Elephant and Castle Theatre, LondonProfessional
21 May 1917 Alexandra Theatre, BirminghamProfessional
21 May 1917 Alexandra Theatre, BirminghamProfessional
6 Aug 1917 Palace theatre, BordesleyProfessional
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'"The Fisherman of Old St Malo" that chequered drama of passion and sentiment, which has for background the picturesque life of Brittany...' ('The Era', 8 August 1917, p. 5)
13 Aug 1917 New Theatre, CreweProfessional
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'This drama is based upon historical facts, and some fine scenes are produced.' Matinee on Saturday. ('Nantwich Guardian, 14 August 1917, p. 2)
20 Aug 1917 Theatre Royal, LeicesterProfessional
27 Aug 1917 Royal, HanleyProfessional
17 Sep 1917 Palace, NewcastleProfessional
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Twice nightly
24 Sep 1917 Theatre Royal, North ShieldsProfessional
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Twice nightly
1 Oct 1917 Grand Theatre, Stockton-on-TeesProfessional
29 Oct 1917 Hippodrome, Queen's Park, ManchesterProfessional
20 Nov 1917 Prince's Theatre, PortsmouthProfessional
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Twice nightly
18 Feb 1918 Alexandra Theatre, HullProfessional
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'The play is a very popular one, and Mr C. Watson Mill should do good business this week. Refinement rather than sensation is the keynote.' ('Hull Daily Mail', 19 February 1918, p. 3)
10 Jun 1918 Royalty, Barrow-in-FurnessProfessional
18 Nov 1918 Palace, NewcastleProfessional
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Performed only on Monday 18th. Other plays performed during the week, by Mary Austin and Co., were 'Maria Martin' and 'Trilby'
15 Sep 1919 Theatre Royal, JarrowProfessional
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Performed Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs and Sat. On Friday 'Trilby' was performed. ('Jarrow Express', 12 September 1919, p. 1)
6 Jun 1921 Grand Theatre, PlymouthProfessional
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'The charming domestic drama "The Fisherman of Old St Malo" will be presented, for the first time in Plymouth, at the Grand Theatre next week. The scenes are laid in picturesque and romantic surroundings and the story is of great interest.' ('Western Morning News', 4 June 1921, p. 6) It is staged by the stock company. ('The Stage', 9 June 1921, p. 3)
9 Mar 1925 Hippodrome, RotherhitheProfessional
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Twice nightly
30 Aug 1926 Palace Theatre, AberdeenProfessional