Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

A little melodrama, vigorously written apparently for an occasion, that of a charity Belgian matinee. Its scene is laid in Brussels, in the secret editorial office of a newspaper under the ban of the German tyrants now in occupation of that city. Its main argument is carried on, partly in prose and partly in verse, by the patriotic Belgian conspirators and their actress allies whose ‘friend’, a German, preaches to them the duty and expediency of obedience to the brutal authorities against whose policy of deportation they protest with rash eloquence. The story, which does not count for so much as the rhetorical dialogue, culminates in the proposed self-sacrifice of the heroine, in order that she may betray the enemy of her beloved country. Recommended for license. Ernest A. Bendall.

Licensed On: 6 Jul 1917

License Number: 1043

British Library Reference: LCP1917/14

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66169 P

Performances

DateTheatreType
6 Jul 1917 New Theatre, LondonUnknown Licensed Performance
13 Jul 1917 New Theatre, LondonProfessional
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'At the New Theatre next Friday a matinee will be held in aid of the Royal Naval and Marine Orphanage Home and the British Club for Belgian Soldiers. This will be the only occasion on which will be performed Libre Belgique a play by the Belgian actor-dramatist, Mr. Charles Montbars. Five of the most famous Raemaeker war cartoons will he arranged as tableaux vivants by Lady Diana Manners, who will figure these, together with Lady Gwendoline Churchill, Lady Drogheda, and the Hon. Mrs. H. Nicholson, Mrs. John Lavery, Mrs. Aubrey Herbert, and little Lord Eleho (Globe, Monday 2 July 1917)