Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

This is a vigorous little war-sketch of the misery suffered by the Belgians at the hands of the German masters, some of whom pretend, for the purposes of espionage, to be Belgians themselves. One of these, a horrible old hag who occupies a farm a few miles behind the Hun lines and is in the pay of a German General, is defied in her brutal treatment of a Belgian child by an unhappy woman from Louvain, who also undertakes the dangerous task of concealing in the farm-house a British airman and a Tommy, who has come to grief hard by. The arrival of the general on the scene leads to much cruelty on the part of his minion and too much risk for the fugitives. But the desperate ‘woman from Louvain’ proves equal by her courage and resource to all emergencies. The general and his spy are killed; the airman escapes on a canal-boat bound for Holland, and insists upon taking with him his brave rescuer, whose memories of her past shame render her reluctant to save her own wretched life. Vigorous and painful; but sound and wholesome, even in its horror. Recommended for license. Ernest A. Bendall

Licensed On: 19 Jul 1917

License Number: 1065

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British Library Reference: LCP1917/15

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66170 P

Performances

DateTheatreType
23 Jul 1917 Collins' Music Hall, Islington, LondonProfessional Licensed Performance
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren (Ottiie Van Heyden), Gertrude Le Sage (Meyrow Schmucker), Frank Tennant (British Flight Lieutenant), John MacMahon (German officer), Huntley Gifford (Cockney Tommy), Kathleen Henry (Lizette). Reviews: "This is one of the most thrilling one-act plays it has been our lot to witness, for Mr John G Brandon has written a play that grips throughout." | "Miss Mary Mayfren ... achieved quite a personal triumph. At times with delightful reserve, and at others with flaming scourn, her performance was highly meritorious." | "an ovation for all concerned at the close".
30 Jul 1917 Palace, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren and company Reviews: "John G Brandon ... would appear to have a special aptitude for writing dramatic sketches with a bite in them. The sketch under notice, although scarcely in the same dramatic category as 'The Frenchwoman' is, nevertheless, quite qualified to rank as a companion picture to that interesting war piece, so successfully exploited on the variety stage by Mary Mayfren." Also on the bill: Variety acts: Hudson and Kirby, Military Competition, Carlton, Amandus, Josie Leyton, Leonard and Douglas, Divina, The Sisters Griffiths
6 Aug 1917 Syndicate Hall, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren and company Other acts on the bill: Variety acts: Cliff Burzac, Cavendish Four, Tom Hearn, Yetta, Tom Leamore, Little Irene, W B Raby, Yazo.
20 Aug 1917 Syndicate Hall, LondonProfessional
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Performers: Mary Mayfren and company Other acts on the bill: Alf P James and company in "The Strike". Variety acts: Cooper and Lait, Lawrence Barclay, W B Raby, Little Irene, Lily Morris, Four Powers, Selwyn
27 Aug 1917 Hippodrome, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren Other acts on the bill: Variety acts
17 Sep 1917 New Cross Empire, LondonProfessional
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Performers: Mary Mayfren and company Other acts of the bill: Variety acts: Talbot O'Farrell (entertainer), Olga Charna (vocalist), Nita Hayes (comedienne/dancer)
15 Oct 1917 Syndicate Hall, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren and company Other acts on the bill: Variety acts: Rinaldo, The Four Swifts, The Royal Crests, Lydia and Francis, Herbert La Martine, Two Devons, Gaye Gordon, George Crowther
22 Oct 1917 Hippodrome, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren and company Other acts on the bill: Variety acts: Marie Lloyd, Anita Hayes, Jessie Preston, Gerrard, Dale and O'Malley, The Mezettis, Chas. Bignell
29 Oct 1917 Metropolitan Music Hall, LondonUnknown
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren and company Other acts on the bill:Variety acts: Cashmore's Circus, The Mullaney Bros in "On and Off", Lotto, Lilo and Lotto, Tambo and Tambo, Jose Baptisti, Arthur Slater, Marjorie Ayling
5 Nov 1917 Walthamstow, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren Other acts on bill: Variety acts
12 Nov 1917 Syndicate Hall, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren and company Other acts on bill: Variety acts: Tucker, Harry Brown, The Miyako Troupe, Edis and Forbes, Divina, Ana Hanna, George Benson, Marie Elliott
19 Nov 1917 Brixton Theatre, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren Other acts on bill: Variety acts
26 Nov 1917 Holborn Empire, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren and company Other acts on bill: Variety acts: Kate Carney (singer), Max Darewski (pianist), Dainty Doris (song and dance), Clovelly Girls (jugglers), Kuba Quartet (song and dance) Reviews: "Mary Mayfren and company in their dramatic sketch"
3 Dec 1917 Syndicate Hall, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren and company Other acts on the bill: Variety acts: Three Canadians, Theo Ward, Gwladys Soman, Ragard and Madge Brownie, Ian McLean, Dora Delise, Jimmy Walsh, Miyako Troupe
12 Dec 1917 Olympia, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren and company Other acts on the bill: Variety acts: S W Wyndham, Gus Harris, Mary Wynne Hulm, Isa Wise, Fulgoni, May and Bertha Pasqualis
17 Dec 1917 Hippodrome, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren Other acts on bill: Variety acts
30 Dec 1917 Hippodrome, BrightonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren Variety acts on bill
7 Jan 1918 Empire, CroydonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren Other acts on bill: Variety acts: Golda Quartette, Chas Cohan, Bert Weston, Takio, Cecil Lyle, 5 Jovers, Rosie Reys, Connie Howard
14 Jan 1918 Palace Theatre, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren Other variety acts on bill
21 Jan 1918 King's Theatre, PortsmouthProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren and "a capital company" Other acts on bill: Variety acts: Three Jees, Four Kemptons, De Busse, Peter Bernard, Herbert Winter, Graham and Givre Reviews: "Miss Mayfren is clever in the title role"
4 Feb 1918 Empire, BirminghamProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren Reviews: "a powerful one-act play"
4 Feb 1918 Islington Theatre, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren
11 Feb 1918 Lewisham Theatre, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren
25 Feb 1918 Kilburn Empire, LondonProfessional
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Performed by:Mary Mayfren
3 Mar 1918 Hippodrome, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren Other acts on bill: Variety acts: Gertie Gitana, Edie Veno, Garadini, Dale and O'Malley, Barts Trio, Takio, Harry Leybourne, Shawlene
11 Mar 1918 Kilburn Empire, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren
25 Mar 1918 Holborn Empire, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren Other acts on the bill: Ernie Lotinga & Co in "Wanted, A Wife", Percy Honri, Anna Dorothy, Maggie Benson, Lilian Byrne, Barleycorn Players, Holson and Bert
15 Apr 1918 Palace Theatre, SouthamptonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren and company Other acts on the bill: Variety acts; The Diving Belles, Noblett (French "mystific" actor), Lily Eyton (singer), Eddie Brown, Rosie Reys (singer), Howard Flynn and Elsie Haynson (singers)
29 Jun 1918 Empire Theatre, NewportProfessional
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Performed by:Mary Mayfren Other acts on bill: Variety acts: Jack Lane, Rosie Reys, Edie Veno
15 Jul 1918 Palace, HalifaxProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren
5 Aug 1918 Empire, Golder's Green, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren
12 Aug 1918 Empire, LiverpoolProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren
19 Aug 1918 Palace, BlackburnProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren
26 Aug 1918 Empire, LeedsProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren Reviews: "a powerful sketch"
9 Sep 1918 Carlisle, CarlisleProfessional
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No confirmation as to performers. No cast but assume Mayfren
23 Sep 1918 Palace Theatre, HullProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren
30 Sep 1918 Granville Theatre, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren
14 Oct 1918 New Cross Empire, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren Other acts on the bill: Variety acts: Rinaldo, May Henderson, The Gresham Singers, Burr and Hope, Kiddy Kennedy, Lee Bliss.
18 Nov 1918 Hippodrome, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren Other acts on the bill: Variety acts: Marie Lloyd, Tom Costello, Ray and Bunny Kingston, Mezzettis, Bros. Curran, May Starr
25 Nov 1918 Hippodrome, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren and company Other acts on the bill: Variety acts incl. Marie Lloyd
2 Dec 1918 Hippodrome, LondonProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren
8 Jul 2118 Empire, SwanseaProfessional
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Performed by: Mary Mayfren