Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

This play, an odd blend of Ruritanian and Gilbertian fairy-comedy, concerns itself mainly with the peaceful invasion of the country belonging to the gentle Queen Nedecia by a neighbouring potentate, the dashing knave of Lazeda. Since the Queen would do anything rather than embroil her subjects in war, and since her 'enemy' is obviously in love with her the invasion would soon come to a happy issue in a marriage between the queen and the knave, but for the sinister plottings of the jealous princess Helen, and for the loyal opposition of the queen's adherents. These motives of a rather confused story - in which there figure also the hunchback sister of the wicked princess, the queen's valiant jester and various satellites of her primitive Court - lead to some rather violent episodes of imprisonment, attempted assassination and finally of murder. There is no offence, if little reasonable interest, in any of them; nor is there in the amateurishly affected dialogue in which the crude tale is told. Recommended for licence, Ernest A. Bendall.

Licensed On: 6 Jun 1918

License Number: 1610

British Library Reference: LCP1918/10

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66192 W

Performances

DateTheatreType
29 Jul 1918 Theatre Royal, WhitehavenProfessional Licensed Performance
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Performed as part of the Theatre Royal, Whitehaven Repertory Season by Emma Litchfield (author and actress) who 'acted with dignity and restraint' (Stage, 1 August 1918).
5 Aug 1918 Theatre Royal, South ShieldsProfessional
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Performed for the week by Emma Litchfield and her company for the week and described as a 'high class production [...] of great charm' (Shields Daily News, 6 August 1918)
12 Aug 1918 Theatre Royal, JarrowProfessional
9 Sep 1918 Palace, NewcastleProfessional
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Performed for the week (except Thursday when theatre closed for a public meeting), twice nightly (6.45 and 8.50) by Emma Litchfield's company.
16 Sep 1918 Grand, LancasterProfessional
14 Oct 1918 Hippodrome, HuddersfieldProfessional
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Performed for the week by Emma Litchfield's company. The cast included Emma Litchfield, Mr C.. E. Stratford, Miss W. Rutland, Miss C. Elkington, Rose Carr, Lena Tarver, Mr T. C. Jackson, Mr J. Cooper, Mr B. Raymond, and Mr S. Bryant.
28 Oct 1918 Theatre Royal, WolverhamptonProfessional
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Performed for the week by Emma Litchfield's company.
4 Nov 1918 Palace theatre, BordesleyProfessional
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Performed twice nightly this week at 6.30 and 8.30 with matinee Weds at 2.30. Cast included Emma Litchfield (author and actress) and Conrad E. Stratford.
18 Nov 1918 Theatre Royal, SheffieldProfessional
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Performed for the week at 7pm.
25 Nov 1918 Theatre Royal, LiverpoolProfessional
2 Dec 1918 Theatre Royal, SmethwickProfessional
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Performed for the week.
9 Dec 1918 Theatre Royal, Aston CrossProfessional
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Performed for the week at 5.40 and 8.40pm, matinees Monday at 2.30.
16 Dec 1918 Grand Theatre, Pentre, Rhondda valleyProfessional
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Performed for the week.
23 Dec 1918 Empire, Mountain AshProfessional
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Performed for the week.
7 Jan 1919 Pavilion Theatre, PontnewynddProfessional
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Performed for the week.
13 Jan 1919 Playhouse, FavershamProfessional
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Performed for the week.
21 Jan 1919 Elephant and Castle Theatre, LondonProfessional
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Performed for the week by Emma Litchfield's company.
10 Feb 1919 Empire Theatre, EdmontonProfessional
19 May 1919 Royalty, Barrow-in-FurnessProfessional
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Performed by The Royalty Stock Company with cast including Mr Hugh Robertson and Mr T. E. Evans.
30 Jun 1919 Theatre Royal, SunderlandProfessional
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Performed by the Albert Sember company for two weeks.
10 Jul 1919 New Theatre Royal, WhitehavenProfessional
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Performed on 10 and 11 July.
1 Sep 1919 Theatre Royal, JarrowProfessional
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Performed on Monday-Wednesday this week by Emma Litchfield's company who were at the theatre two weeks and presented the play in their second week of the visit along with 'A Clever Imposter' on the remaining nights. Emma Litchfield performed alongside Mr T. C. Jackson, Miss Claire Elkington, Miss Winifred Rutland, Mr Tony Snape, Mr Percy J. Barnett, Mr J. C. Cooper, Mr Frank Rothwell and Miss Rose Carr.
8 Sep 1919 Cambridge Theatre, SpennymoorProfessional
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Performed in repertory for the week alongside 'The Rival Mothers' and 'Queen of the Red Skins'.