His Last Leave
Examiner of Plays' Summary:
This crude old-fashioned melodrama, brought up to date in this violence of motive and action by the convention aid of the war. Its hero, the son of a country clergyman, and happily married to a girl who has the misfortune to rouse the passion of a villain, resolved, as he says, to ‘possess her at any risk and at any cost’. The hero enlists in a regiment of which the villain is a major, and when he comes home on leave he is induced by the major’s female accomplice to believe that his wife has been guilty of an intrigue of which she is really innocent. His stupidity in falling into this trap is equalled only by his folly in leaving his poor wife to be the defenceless prey of her base admirer, who nearly succeeds in forcing her to become his wife after he and his confederate - who has become a hospital nurse - have made out that her husband has been killed in the trenches. The absurd scenes on the battlefield, the breaches of discipline, etc have no more verisimilitude than is possessed by the extraordinary series of coincidences which is always bringing all the dramatis personae, serious and comic, together in the least likely places. But there is no offence, save that of wild improbability, in any of sensational nonsense, which may accordingly be recommended for license, Ernest A. Bendall.
Licensed On: 30 Apr 1917
License Number: 930
British Library Reference: LCP1917/9
British Library Classmark: Add MS 66164 Q
|4 May 1917||Theatre Royal, Middlesborough||Unknown||Licensed Performance|