Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

[...] Didactic little war play inculcating rather crudely but with some vigour the duty of patriotism [...]

Researcher's Summary:

On the licensed copy the author, Alfred Denville, calls himself 'a patriot'. The work was advertised to theatres as being 'under the patronage of the naval and military authorities'. It included a tableau of the Angels of Mons, and scenes showing the interior of munition works, No Man's Land, Potsdam, Captain Fryatt, Jack Cornwall and Edith Cavell (see The Era, 24 January 1917).

Licensed On: 10 Jan 1917

License Number: 738

British Library Reference: LCP1917/1

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66156 W

Performances

DateTheatreType
N/A Theatre Royal, BoltonUnknown Licensed Performance
5 Mar 1917 Palace Theatre, GloucesterProfessional
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Performed for this week. Performers were: Isa Steele (actress), Charles Carter (actor), Will Gardiner (actor), Horace Whitwell (actor), Alec Gillette (actor), George Steele (actor)
12 Mar 1917 Gillsmith's Hippodrome, CheltenhamProfessional
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Performed here for one week by cast including: Dolly Douglas (actress), Alex Gillette (actor), Issa Steele (actress)
19 Mar 1917 Theatre Royal, SmethwickProfessional
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Performed here for one week.
26 Mar 1917 Theatre Royal, Aston CrossProfessional
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Performed for one week.
2 Apr 1917 Theatre Royal, ChathamProfessional
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Performed for one week.
9 Apr 1917 Elephant and Castle Theatre, LondonProfessional
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Performed for one week.
16 Apr 1917 Hippodrome, WoolwichProfessional
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Performed for the week.
23 Apr 1917 Hippodrome, BirkenheadProfessional
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Performed for one week.
30 Apr 1917 Hippodrome, ChesterfieldProfessional
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Performed for one week.
7 May 1917 Theatre Royal, OldhamProfessional
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Performed for one week.
21 May 1917 Hippodrome, WiganProfessional
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Performed for one week. Described as 'The most novel patriotic play in the world' (Wigan Observer, 22 May 1917)
25 Jun 1917 Hippodrome, SalfordProfessional
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Performed for one week. Described as having 'Strong patriotic appeal and shows many war incidents' (Manchester Evening News, 26 June 1917).
16 Jul 1917 Public Hall, RuncornProfessional
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'Under the Patronage of the Naval and Military Authorities. Nothing like this ever been seen in Runcorn and District before.' (Nantwich Guardian, 13 July 1917)
30 Jul 1917 Prince's Theatre, BradfordProfessional
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Performed for one week.
13 Aug 1917 Theatre Royal, SheffieldProfessional
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Performed for one week.
27 Aug 1917 Empire Theatre, GarstonProfessional
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Performed for one week.
3 Sep 1917 Hippodrome, BilstonProfessional
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Performed for one week.
17 Sep 1917 King's Theatre, OswestryProfessional
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Performed for one week.
8 Oct 1917 Hippodrome, CannockProfessional
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Performed for one week.
15 Oct 1917 Public Hall, RuncornProfessional
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Performed for one week.
29 Oct 1917 Grand Theatre, NottinghamProfessional
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Performed for one week. Cast including: Charles Carter (actor) and Isa Steele (actress)
12 Nov 1917 Metropole Thetare, BootleProfessional
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Performed for one week.
19 Nov 1917 King's Theatre, SunderlandProfessional
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Performed for one week. A review noted: 'It deals with incidents of the war, presenting them in 'arguments' (11 in number) in three scenes. It is apparently the story of the Empire's awakening' (Sunderland Daily Echo, 17 November 1917).
26 Nov 1917 Palace Theatre, GloucesterProfessional
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Performed for one week.
3 Dec 1917 Theatre Royal, LeedsProfessional
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Performed for one week.
24 Dec 1917 Theatre Royal, CoatbridgeProfessional
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Performed for one week.