Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

The nonsensical plot of this melodrama is very complicated. The villain learns that the heroine is entitled to a large fortune in chancery, of which of course she knows nothing and therefore persuades a hussy to make mischief between her and her lover, a naval lieutenant. At this point an admiral of the 'Mazillian' navy, really an Englishman and the husband of the famous Madam Tona, whom he does not know to be alive and who refuses to see him until he has found their daughter, abducted by the villain - this admiral is persuaded to make a bigamous marriage with the heroine, so that everybody shall be under the villain's thumb. However, the villain had previously defrauded the 'mazillian' Government, so the admiral has him kidnapped and there is a scene at sea and an explosion, after the villain has knocked down the hussy, now repentant, who turned out to the admiral's long lost daughter. Perhaps it is sufficient to add that everything is eventually put right for everybody except the villain. Some of the comic relief is vulgar horseplay but no harm is intended. And of course the bigamous marriage is 'in name only' and no harm is done. Recommended for Licence G. S. Street

Licensed On: 27 Jun 1918

License Number: 1641

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British Library Reference: LCP1918/11

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66193 V

Performances

DateTheatreType
1 Jul 1918 Theatre Royal, LiverpoolUnknown Licensed Performance
9 Sep 1918 Theatre Royal, West BromwichProfessional
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Miss Eva Elwes' Company ('The Era', 4 September 1918, p. 7)
21 Oct 1918 Hippodrome, HuddersfieldProfessional
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Eva Elwes in the leading role of Madame Tora ('Huddersfield Daily Examiner', 22 October 1918, p. 3)
28 Oct 1918 Prince's Theatre, BradfordProfessional
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Miss Elwes is a dignified Madame Tora. ('The Stage', 31 October 1918, p. 8)
4 Nov 1918 Theatre Royal, LeedsProfessional
30 Dec 1918 Theatre Royal, CrookProfessional
17 Mar 1919 Theatre Royal, South ShieldsProfessional
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Twice nightly.
12 May 1919 Theatre Royal, SheffieldProfessional
2 Jun 1919 Elephant and Castle Theatre, LondonProfessional
4 Jun 1919 Corn Exchange, ChelmsfordProfessional
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'The Girl Mother' and 'Should a Woman Forgive' were also performed by Eva Elwes's Repertoire Company in the same week. ('Chelmsford Chronicle', 6 June 1919, p. 1)
29 Dec 1919 Alexandra Theatre, HullProfessional
8 Mar 1920 Grand Theatre, PlymouthProfessional