Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

The persons who are 'dressed up and then have 'nowhere to go’ are the wife and child of a cockney costermonger, who has left them to 'carry on' bravely while he is at the front, and who, after two years absence, is now expected home on short leave. Their happy anticipation while they attire themselves in all their coster glory for his welcome on his return are dashed to the ground when, in his place, there arrives a telegram announcing that his leave has been stopped, or rather has been given up by him in favour of a comrade who is anxious to get back to Blighty to see a dying mother. Wholesome study of cockney character alike in sentiment and humour. Recommended for license. Ernest. A. Bendall

Licensed On: 19 Jul 1917

License Number: 1067



British Library Reference: LCP1917/15

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66170 R


23 Jul 1917 New Theatre, NorthamptonProfessional Licensed Performance
13 Aug 1917 Hippodrome, PoplarProfessional
10 Sep 1917 Pavilion Theatre, GlasgowProfessional
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The performance ran here for one week. A review in the 'Daily Record and Mail' on 11 September 1917 noted that this was 'the farcical comedy sketch which took London by storm, and if the reception given last night means anything, Glasgow will follow the lead. 'All Dressed Up' is a scream.'
17 Sep 1917 Collins' Music Hall, LondonProfessional
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A review of this run notes that the piece has "been winning golden opinions at various London and provincial halls, [and] has the merit of being a particularly bright and amusing entertainment" (The Stage, 20 September 1917)
24 Sep 1917 Empire Theatre, EdmontonProfessional
22 Oct 1917 Palace, HammersmithProfessional
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A review in 'The Stage' commented that "All Dressed Up" evidently thoroughly enjoyed. In addition to its humorous qualities, it has just the right amount of sentiment to make it effective. The reading by Sally of the letter received from her husband in the trenches is very effective, Jenny Lynn striking a particularly sympathetic note." (The Stage, 25 Oct 1917).