Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

This is a new edition, for touring purposes, of the revue produced at the Palace and reported on last June. I have read it all through again, and think there is very little change in the dialogue. There are some omissions. As the piece stands now the first scene is rural, with people working on the land, an artists and so forth; a comic recitation a la Sims is new; scene 2 is a dialogue between two window cleaners; scene 3 an Assyrian scene, much abridged from the original; scene 4 is the duologue between an officer and his batman about an actress; scene 5 begins with the song of the policewoman which I though unfair chaff, but it is a matter of taste and was passed; it goes on with an amusing courtship and a contest in lying; scene 6 is new, a brief dialogue about a man getting married; scene 7 is a rather long burlesque of ‘Seven Days Leave’ and scene 8 the cat scene. There are some new songs, quite unobjectionable. It is quite a good show and there is nothing in this edition to censor. Recommended for license. G. S. Street

Researcher's Summary:

See also the original London production

Licensed On: 28 Nov 1917

License Number: 1255



British Library Reference: LCP1917/23

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66178 O


N/A Grand Theatre, Hanley, StaffordshireUnknown Licensed Performance
26 Nov 1917 Empire, BristolProfessional
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Whilst the revised script for the touring performance was licensed to be performance at the Grand Theatre, Hanley the first performance took place in Bristol. Esta Stella replaced Gertie Millar in the cast.
3 Dec 1917 Grand Theatre, HanleyProfessional
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Ambrose Thorne played Old Bill.
10 Dec 1917 Hippodrome, NottinghamProfessional
17 Dec 1917 Empire, NewcastleProfessional
24 Dec 1917 Palace Theatre, HullProfessional
31 Dec 1917 Empire Theatre, EdinburghProfessional
7 Jan 1918 Empire Theatre, LeedsProfessional
14 Jan 1918 Empire Theatre, NewportProfessional
4 Feb 1918 Hippodrome, SheffieldProfessional
11 Feb 1918 Olympia, LiverpoolProfessional
18 Feb 1918 Hippodrome, NewcastleProfessional
25 Feb 1918 Alhambra, GlasgowProfessional
4 Mar 1918 King's Theatre, DundeeProfessional
11 Mar 1918 Tivoli, AberdeenProfessional
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The 'Aberdeen Press and Journal' praised the production as "unquestionably the best revue that has ever been presented in Aberdeen" (12 March 1918)
14 Mar 1918 Albyn Place Military Hospital, AberdeenProfessional
18 Mar 1918 Grand Theatre, BirminghamProfessional
25 Mar 1918 Empire Theatre, CardiffProfessional
1 Apr 1918 Hippodrome, DevonportProfessional
8 Apr 1918 Palace Theatre, ManchesterProfessional
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The 'Manchester Evening News' commented that the revue contained "some really ingenious skits on present-day affairs" (9 April 1918)
15 Apr 1918 Pleasure Gardens Theatre, FolkestoneProfessional
29 Apr 1918 Empire Theatre, Finsbury ParkProfessional
3 May 1918 ?, LewishamProfessional
6 May 1918 Empire Theatre, StratfordProfessional
13 May 1918 ?, BrightonProfessional
20 May 1918 ?, PortsmouthProfessional
27 May 1918 ?, IlfordProfessional
17 Jun 1918 Palace Theatre, CamberwellProfessional
24 Jun 1918 ?, WoolwichProfessional
29 Jul 1918 Middlesex Theatre, LondonProfessional
5 Aug 1918 Empire Theatre, StratfordProfessional
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Cast for this performance are listed as including: Dorothy Roseveare, Ennis Parkes, Jimmy Leslie, J C Piddock, and Ambrose Thomas.
12 Aug 1918 Hippodrome, NewcastleProfessional
12 Aug 1918 Hippodrome, NewcastleProfessional
19 Aug 1918 Empire Theatre, LeedsProfessional
26 Aug 1918 Alhambra, GlasgowProfessional
2 Sep 1918 King's Theatre, DundeeProfessional
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The 'Dundee Courier' commented that "The King's Theatre was crowded out at both performances last night" (3 September 1918)
9 Sep 1918 Hippodrome, SheffieldProfessional
16 Sep 1918 Empire Theatre, SunderlandProfessional
23 Sep 1918 Empire, LiverpoolProfessional
30 Sep 1918 Hippodrome, PortsmouthProfessional
7 Oct 1918 Empire, BristolProfessional
14 Oct 1918 Hippodrome, SouthamptonProfessional
28 Oct 1918 Hippodrome, BrightonProfessional
4 Nov 1918 Grand Theatre, BirminghamProfessional
11 Nov 1918 Empire Theatre, Finsbury ParkProfessional
18 Nov 1918 Empire Theatre, NewportProfessional
25 Nov 1918 Empire Theatre, NottinghamProfessional
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The performance was described as "Bright in every scene, and endowed with all the best elements of song, dance and comedy" (Nottingham Evening Post, 26 November 1918)