Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

This ‘revue’ is a series of sketches, connected only by the fact that the principal character of each is played by the same low comedian. He begins as the comic village-loafer who will do anything rather than work, but is driven to see a job rather than volunteer for the company in process of enlistment by the local squire. To start with, he figures as the inventor of the old expedient for discovering illicit kisses by a mechanical device which rings a bell whenever the brooch of the lady comes into magnetic contact with the man’s scarf-pin. He then appears as the burlesque manager of a boot-shop and afterwards, in the best of the rather poor skits, as the ‘lonely soldier’ of a gushing widow, who finds that she has been wasting her money and sympathy on the absconding husband of her best friend. He finally distinguishes himself as the temporary keeper of a school for teaching the art of love-making. The humour is rather crude and mechanical but there is no offence in the dialogue acting or songs. Recommended for license. Ernest A. Bendall.

Licensed On: 10 Jan 1918

License Number: 1337

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British Library Reference: LCP1918/1

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66183 N

Performances

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14 Jan 1918 Empire, PengeUnknown Licensed Performance
28 Jan 1918 Empire New Cross, LondonProfessional
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Performers: Fred Kitchen, Nora Delany
11 Feb 1918 Empire, LiverpoolProfessional
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Performers: Fred Kitchen, Nora Delany
18 Feb 1918 Empire, GlasgowProfessional
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Performers: Fred Kitchen, Nora Delany
25 Feb 1918 Empire, GlasgowProfessional
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Performers: Fred Kitchen, Nora Delany
11 Mar 1918 Empire, NewcastleProfessional
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Performers:Fred Kitchen, Nora Delany
18 Mar 1918 Hippodrome, BirkenheadProfessional
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Performers: Fred Kitchen, Nora Delany
25 Mar 1918 Palace Theatre, ManchesterProfessional
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Performers: Fred Kitchen, Nora Delany
1 Apr 1918 Empire, BirminghamProfessional
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Performers: Fred Kitchen, Nora Delany
15 Apr 1918 Olympia, LiverpoolProfessional
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Performers: Fred Kitchen, Nora Delany
22 Apr 1918 Grand Theatre, BirminghamProfessional
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Performers: Fred Kitchen, Nora Delany
17 Jun 1918 Empire, LondonProfessional
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Performers: Fred Kitchen, Nora Delany
8 Jul 1918 Grand, BlackpoolProfessional
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Performers: Fred Kitchen, Nora Delany
15 Jul 1918 Palace Theatre, HullProfessional
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Performers: Fred Kitchen, Nora Delany
22 Jul 1918 Coliseum, GlasgowProfessional
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Performers: Fred Kitchen, Nora Delany
29 Jul 1918 Empire Palace, EdinburghProfessional
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Performers: Fred Kitchen, Nora Delany
5 Aug 1918 Empire Palace, SheffieldProfessional
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Performers: Fred Kitchen
12 Aug 1918 Olympia, LiverpoolProfessional
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Performers: Fred Kitchen
19 Aug 1918 Empire, NewcastleProfessional
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Performers: Fred Kitchen
26 Aug 1918 Palladium Southport, SouthportProfessional
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Performers: Fred Kitchen
2 Sep 1918 Empire Palace, BirminghamProfessional
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Performers: Fred Kitchen
23 Sep 1918 Empire, LondonProfessional
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Performers: Jimmy Godden instead of Fred Kitchen
10 Mar 1919 King's Theatre, SouthseaProfessional
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Performers: Fred Kitchen, May Beatty
24 Mar 1919 Olympia, LondonProfessional
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Performer: Stan Paskin understudied for Kitchen
7 Apr 1919 Empire, CardiffProfessional
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Performers: Fred Kitchen
14 Apr 1919 Empire, LondonProfessional
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Performer: Fred Kitchen
21 Apr 1919 Empire, LondonProfessional
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Performer: Fred Kitchen
28 Apr 1919 Empire, NottinghamProfessional
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Performer: Fred Kitchen
5 May 1919 Palace Theatre, HullProfessional
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Performer: Fred Kitchen Review: "a splendid tonic for after-the-war nerves" Hull Daily Mail
12 May 1919 His Majesty's, AberdeenProfessional
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Performer: Fred Kitchen
19 May 1919 Empire, GlasgowProfessional
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Performer: Fred Kitchen