Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

This is the bright and pleasant, but rather long-winded, little comedy of the adventure of Lady Gillian, a high-spirited young VAD who poses as a professional nurse to a wounded officer whose likeness she has admired in the illustrated paper. This imposition she is enabled to carry out through the chance that her proposed patient is a great friend of a half-hearted lover of her own chosen for her by her faddist uncle, the president of the league for popularizing deprivations. The circumstances under which Lady Gillian is accepted as 'Nurse Benson' are ingeniously contrived, as is also the more conventional plot in which, during her amiably fraudulent stay at the house of her patient's nouveau-riche parents, she eventually wins their hearts - as well as their son's - by unmasking a couple of really sinister imposters. The difficulties of her situation are artfully increased by the arrival on the scene of her own former lover and of the real Nurse Benson's brother, a sergeant. The fun of the complicated misunderstandings is farcically worked; but the characterisation is that of pure comedy, while the dialogue has a good deal of humour as innocent as that of the story itself, which is cordially recommended for licence, Ernest A. Bendall.

Licensed On: 12 Jun 1918

License Number: 1618

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British Library Reference: LCP1918/10

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66192 EE

Performances

DateTheatreType
21 Jun 1918 Globe Theatre, LondonUnknown Licensed Performance