Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

This seems to be a well-meant play with the design of inculcating harmony between classes and hard work after the war. There is mixed up with that, of course, a plot of love and villainy. It begins while the war is in early stage. John Williams, villain, stirs up disaffection in the Ross works and vows he will wed Mary, in spite of her love for Peter Ross. Peter goes away to the front; John shirks and makes a fortune by profiteering. Peter is reported dead and John keeps the subsequent news of his survival from Mary and persuades her, as the price of saving Peter’s father from ruin, to marry him. Only however in name. Peter of course turns up and then peace is declared. The elder Ross has closed his works, but Peter with much eloquence about patriotism etc. persuades him to open them. John however, stirs up hatred against Peter, who escapes from the mob and is hidden by Mary in her innocent bed room; John arrives and is extremely brutal to Mary, but learns of his bankruptcy and dies of heart disease, leaving Peter and Mary free. There is rather a violent scene near the end, but nothing of a really objectionable sort. Recommended for licence. G. S. Street

Licensed On: 8 Nov 1917

License Number: 1227

British Library Reference: LCP1917/22

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66177 M


12 Nov 1917 Playhouse, FavershamUnknown Licensed Performance