Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

A war melodrama, as its title denotes. The villain is a sham pacifist, really a profiteer. He persuades the hero that his girl has been false with an officer. In reality she and the officer had befriended the girl’s sister, but she has sworn not to tell. So the hero goes to France vowing to kill the officer, but saves his life instead. Then, after the villain has falsely said that he was shot for cowardice he returns with distinction and everything is explained. There are several scenes in the trenches, the usual medley of comic business and heroism. To me this way of exploiting the war is distasteful, but it has been done in numerous plays, and it is to be said in favour of this play that it is well meant and the tone of it throughout, patriotic. Recommended for Licence. Ernest A. Bendall

Licensed On: 12 Feb 1918

License Number: 1399

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British Library Reference: LCP1918/3

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66185 Y

Performances

DateTheatreType
18 Feb 1918 Theatre Royal, South ShieldsProfessional Licensed Performance
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Performers: Harry Foxwell (role not listed but advert suggests - Producer). Performing: Twice nightly performance of new play
4 Mar 1918 Theatre and Opera House, CheltenhamProfessional
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Performers: Sheila Walsh (writer), Courtney Robinson (actor) Review: "The piece has very popular elements, and the many good fellows in khaki in the audience rocked with laughter" The Gloucestershire Echo
9 Mar 1918 Theatre and Opera House, CheltenhamProfessional
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Performers: Sheila Walsh (writer), Roy Selfridge (actor), Lilian Maitland (actress), Ernest Leslie (actor), Courtney Robinson (actor), Edgar C. Milton (actor), Arthur Edwards (actor), Frank Irish (actor)
1 Apr 1918 Grand Theatre, NottinghamProfessional
16 Apr 1918 Hippodrome, SalfordProfessional
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Performers: "Harry Foxwell's Company"
8 May 1918 Theatre Royal, MiddlesboroughProfessional
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Listing for twice-nightly performance
13 May 1918 Theatre Royal, BoltonProfessional
20 May 1918 Palace, NewcastleProfessional
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Performers: "Harry Foxwell"s London Company" Review: "successful and Sensational drama" - listing, Newcastle Daily Journal
10 Jun 1918 Elephant and Castle Theatre, LondonProfessional
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Performers: Frankie Hertie (actor), Roy Selfridge (actor), Wyndham Clare (actor), Ernest Lester (actor), Courtney Robinson (actor), Pat Quinn (actor), Arthur Crawley (actor), Percy Steven (actor), Florrie Hall (actress), Lilian Maitland (actress) Reviews: "First time in London" - review, The Era.
24 Jun 1918 Theatre Royal, SmethwickProfessional
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Played for a week
30 Jun 1918 Theatre Royal, AstonProfessional
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Performers: Harry Foxwell (Company), Lilian Maitland (actress), Roy Selfridge (actor) Reviews: "attractive production" "by Miss Sheila Walsh, author of "Keep the Home Fires Burning", Birmingham Mail
8 Oct 1918 Metropole, GlasgowProfessional
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Performers: Harry Foxwell (Company), Lilian Maitland (actress), Roy Selfridge (actor) Review: "new play", "is an interesting story with many tense moments pleasantly varied by interludes of pathos and humour", Daily Record
4 Nov 1918 Theatre Royal, SheffieldProfessional
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Performers: Harry Foxwell (Company) Reviews: "an appreciative welcome was accorded", Sheffield Daily Telegraph " a capital company", Sheffield Independent
16 Dec 1918 Opera House, CoventryProfessional
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Performers: Harry Foxwell (Company), Lilian Maitland (actress), Roy Selfridge (actor) Reviews: "story of strong emotional interest, which holds the attention from beginning to end", Coventry Standard. Review - "All the players take their parts excellently" Coventry Daily Telegraph.
6 Jan 1919 Empire, Mountain AshProfessional
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Performers: Harry Foxwell (Company)
20 Jan 1919 Empire Theatre, New TredegarProfessional
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Performers: Harry Foxwell (Company) Listed to run for a week
16 Jun 1919 Theatre Royal, North ShieldsProfessional