Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

An author with nerves, trying to write, is fatally distracted by newsboys etc and finally by a gramophone in the next flat. He rushes in to stop it and finds only a dear old lady, who shames him by her patriotic keenness about the war, and it appears that she and her soldier son have agreed to play the same tune when possible at the same [time], she at home and he in his dug out. The son arrives unexpectedly on leave and the author, changed in spirit, goes back to his flat. Recommended for Licence. G. S. Street

Licensed On: 6 Feb 1917

License Number: 783

British Library Reference: LCP1917/3

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66158 S


21 Feb 1917 Hippodrome, PortsmouthUnknown Licensed Performance
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The performance was licensed for this performance but no record has been found of it taking place.
26 Mar 1917 Hippodrome, PortsmouthProfessional
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Performed by Nina Boucicault (Mrs Lane), A S Homewood (Walter Loring), and Joan Blair (Ann Loring). 'The Stage' (29 March 1917) commented that the play 'at times is almost Ibsen-like in its touches and is not without its dramatic moments' and that it 'marks Miss Boucicault's debut in variety'.
25 Jun 1917 Victoria Palace, LondonProfessional
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The cast included Nina Boucicault (Mrs Lane), A. S. Homewood (Walter Loring), Joan Blair (Ann Loring), and Arthur Hardy (producer)
23 Jul 1917 Alhambra, GlasgowProfessional
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Cast included: Nina Boucicault (Mrs Lane) and Hubert Willis.
3 Dec 1917 Palace Theatre, SouthamptonProfessional
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The cast were listed as Kate Cutler and Co.