On the Verge of War, or For the Flag We Love
Examiner of Plays' Summary:
A rather dramatic little spy piece. The idea of the spy is to get an important document from John Tavener, 'of the Foreign Office', which is to be delivered by him to an emissary of the French Embassy at 12 o'clock, two days before the declaration of war. His scheme is complicated by his being in love with Eileen, John's wife, and when John apparently trusting to idiocy, come in and throws a blue envelope on the table, the spy outs with his gun, discloses himself in his true colours and offers to bet a kiss from Eileen that the document will never be delivered. Lights out; a hand thrust from a curtain towards the document and transfixed by the Spy's knife; the clock strikes, each stroke penetrated with triumphant boasting of the spy; toot of motor which goes away, and then - lights up, spy covered by John's revolver, the document only a summons and the hand a plaster cast, spy defeated, telephone for police. The document to be delivered to the Embassy business - peace or war, apparently depending on it - is of course ridiculous, but no one would take it seriously as history. It might possibly be considered, in the interest of history, that this importance should be toned down, but I hardly think that necessary. Recommended for license. G. S. Street.
Licensed On: 1 Jan 1915
License Number: 3119
British Library Reference: LCP1915/1
British Library Classmark: Add MS 66087 C
|11 Jan 1915||Grand Theatre, Old Hill, Staffordshire||Unknown||Licensed Performance|