Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

Miss Hastings-Walton has written other melodramas, for her audiences, which seem never to tire of the impossible stage villains and the impossible stage “nuts”. In this case Villain number I is a would-be seducer who by a trick lures the heroine, a gifted Irish peasant girl, to his house where her brother who has lost his memory and is insane at the time from a wound, makes his way and slays the villain. She then marries the eminent surgeon who has almost cured her brother, so he remembers everything except the murder. Villain number I being dead, Villain number II takes his place – his cousin and a blackmailer. This villain finds out about the murder but the heroine takes it on herself and her husband thinks she was the first villain’s mistress; but her brother recovers his memory and other evidence proves her sexual innocence. An amiable old Irish priest, as is so often the case, forwards [sic] the play. He talks religiously rather much and there is a good deal of religious matter otherwise in the play, perhaps too much for good taste but audiences who take these plays more or less seriously would be rather edified than offended. The boy who kills the villain – and is let off by the authorities, is going into the priesthood at the end of the play. This strikes me as rather irregular, but since he was irresponsible at the time of the deed and is otherwise estimable, I do not think that anyone would object. Recommended for licence G. S. Street

Licensed On: 18 Dec 1916

License Number: 676

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British Library Reference: LCP1916/32

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66153 L

Performances

DateTheatreType
22 Dec 1916 Prince's Theatre, PortsmouthUnknown Licensed Performance
25 Jun 1917 Grand Theatre, NottinghamProfessional
2 Jul 1917 Prince's Theatre, BradfordProfessional
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Performed by Frank Bateman and company with Mrs Bateman in the lead role.
2 Jul 1917 Her Majesty's Theatre, WalsallProfessional
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Performed by Her Majesty's Repertory company.
23 Jul 1917 Theatre Royal, WolverhamptonProfessional
30 Jul 1917 Royal Opera House, CoventryProfessional
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Performed for the week by Frank Bateman and company
6 Aug 1917 Theatre Royal, SheffieldProfessional
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Performed by Frank Bateman and company
13 Aug 1917 Alexandra Theatre, BirminghamProfessional
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Performed by Frank Bateman and company
20 Aug 1917 Opera House, DudleyProfessional
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Performed by Frank Bateman and company alongside "Sapho", and "The King and the Orange Girl".
8 Oct 1917 Grand Theatre, PlymouthProfessional
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Performed by Frank Bateman and company.
27 Oct 1917 Grand Theatre, JarrowProfessional
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Performed for one night only by Frank Bateman and company. "Sappho" and "East Lynne" the other nights.
5 Nov 1917 Metropole Theatre, GlasgowProfessional
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Performed by Frank Bateman and company.
4 Mar 1918 Lyric Opera House, HammersmithProfessional
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Performed Mon, Fri, Sat only with Ibsen's "Ghosts" the other nights. Performed by Miss L Bateman and London company
6 May 1918 Hippodrome, ChesterfieldProfessional
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Performed Mon, Fri, Sat only with 'Tainted Goods' (probably 'Tainted Humanity') and 'Ghosts' on the other nights. Performed by Miss L Bateman and London company.
27 May 1918 Opera House, DudleyProfessional
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Performed by Miss L Bateman and Fred W Goddard.
5 Aug 1918 Mechanics Theatre, DumfriesProfessional
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Performed Mon, Wed, Sat with 'Tainted Humanity' (adults only) the other nights. Performed by Miss L Bateman and company.
23 Jun 1919 Theatre Royal, BristolProfessional
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Performed by the Theatre Royal Repertory Company with Arthur Goff, Digby Hayes, Courtney Robinson, Matt Wilkinson, Ernest Nixon, T Parker, Sophie Fane, Eileen Leoville, Nan Sheldon, and Florrie Hall.
13 Oct 1919 Cambridge Theatre, SpennymoorProfessional
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Other pieces performed included: 'Has England Forgotten' and 'Lady Audley's Secret'. Cast included: Ernest Lodge, Charles Childe, and Frank Pearce.