Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

This is apparently a new filling-in of the frame-work provided in a former and wittier 'passing show'. it has, however, rather more of a story than its predecessor, as it shows among other things how its hero, a non-marrying young peer in the Flying Corps falls in love with the showman's fair daughter, who pluckily becomes a W.R.N and helps him to safety when he and his aeroplane have come to grief; and who ultimately becomes his wife. Among the topical subjects incidentally chaffed are a tribunal for celibates, a journey in a train filled by bomb-dodging and card-playing aliens, a quarrel between jealous allotment-holders: and a familiar scene in 'The Better 'Ole!' The fun, if occasionally rather rough and pantomimic, is always good-humoured in its spirit, and suggests no offence. Recommended for licence. Earnest A. Bendall

Licensed On: 2 Jul 1918

License Number: 1652

British Library Reference: LCP1918/12

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66194 H


8 Jul 1918 Theatre Royal, BirminghamUnknown Licensed Performance
9 Jul 1918 Theatre Royal, BirminghamProfessional
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"Miss Elle Retford, in the variety of parts which a passing show exacts, equally admirable in all; her imitation of Arthur Bouchier as Old Bill being almost as popular as her imitation of Billy Merson as the pirate of the good ship "Yacky-Hicky-Doolah" and rather more closely observed. Mr Harry Angers, the principal comedian of the North Country type, is also very amusing, and the rest bear their proper share of the the burden" Birmingham Daily Post, Tuesday 9 July 1918.
15 Jul 1918 Hippodrome, LeedsProfessional
22 Jul 1918 Palace Theatre, ManchesterProfessional
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'"The Passing Show of 1918" is an entertainment of rare qualities, which secure for it emphatic appreciation." Manchester Evening News, 23 July 1918.
29 Jul 1918 Hippodrome, NewcastleProfessional
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"Eleven Magnificent Scenes" Newscastle Evening Chronicle, 29 July 1918.
5 Aug 1918 King's Theatre, EdinburghProfessional
12 Aug 1918 Alhambra, GlasgowProfessional
19 Aug 1918 Hippodrome, LiverpoolProfessional
26 Aug 1918 Theatre Royal, PlymouthProfessional
9 Sep 1918 Alhambra, BradfordProfessional
16 Sep 1918 Hippodrome, NottinghamProfessional
23 Sep 1918 Palace Theatre, ManchesterProfessional
7 Oct 1918 Grand Theatre, BirminghamProfessional
14 Oct 1918 Hippodrome, NewcastleProfessional
21 Oct 1918 Alhambra, GlasgowProfessional
28 Oct 1918 Hippodrome, SheffieldProfessional
25 Nov 1918 Hippodrome, LiverpoolProfessional