Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

[The Examiner's notes for this script are missing from the file at the British Library]

Researcher's Summary:

'The Era' (8 May 1918) reviewed the play as follows: 'The evils of profiteering are strikingly shown in Mr C. Vernon Proctor's vigorous and well-told story, which, in addition to a salutary warning to the scoundrels who traffic in the people's food contains many thrilling episodes and some agreeable comedy. A well-to-do merchant (Gideon Blackiston) in a munition centre, not content with huge profits he has accumulated in profiteering in his haste to get rich quick, gets into touch with a gang of German spies, at the head of which is a dangerous character, Wilhelmina Kay, masquerading as the niece of an English officer. He arranges with this woman to supply the enemy's submarine's with petrol and stores. [...] Gideon's nephew (Capt. Blackiston) who has been invalided out of the Service after gallant conduct and twice wounded, is employed by his uncle in the stores, and suspects that all is not above-board. With the help of his sweetheart (Norah Ruston) a fellow-employee, and Rose Selfridge and Teddy Parker, he determines to solve the mystery.'

Licensed On: 31 Jan 1918

License Number: 1371



British Library Reference: LCP1918/2

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66184 AA


11 Feb 1918 Elephant and Castle Theatre, LondonUnknown Licensed Performance
15 Apr 1918 Theatre Royal, LeicesterProfessional
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Performed for the week beginning 15 April 1918 (The Stage, 9 May 1918)
6 May 1918 Elephant and Castle Theatre, LondonProfessional
10 Jun 1918 Prince's Theatre, PortsmouthProfessional
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Reported as 'next week' in the 'Hampshire Telegraph' on Friday 7 June 1918.