Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

This is a poignant little war-drama of the days of 1914 in Belgian Flanders. It is realistic yet reasonable in its sketch of the horrors of the German occupation. The burgomaster's daughter is married to the Hun Lieutenant who, with the major, is sent to take possession of her father's house, and finds himself in an agonizing position when the gentle old man is condemned to be shot because one of the German officers has been murdered - probably by one of his own taking vengeance upon a brutal bully. The burgomaster is to be killed because he will not provide a bogus criminal to be executed for what has undoubtedly been a crime: and the discussion of the situation between father and daughter and son-in-law is in the best though least typical style of the famous author. Specially to be praised is the manner in which murderers as well as murdered are shown to be victims of a hideous system of militarism: and the play thus performs fine through sad propaganda work. Recommended for licence. Ernest A. Bendall.

Licensed On: 25 Sep 1918

License Number: 1789

British Library Reference: LCP1918/16

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66198 HH

Performances

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2 Oct 1918 Lyceum Theatre, EdinburghUnknown Licensed Performance
4 Oct 1918 Lyceum Theatre, EdinburghProfessional
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The play was initially planned to be performed on Wednesday 2, Thursday 3 and Friday 4 October 1918. However, 'The Scotsman' announced on 3 October that the play was to be postponed until Friday 4 October when it would make its world premiere. Cast: Martin Harvey, Miss N. de Silva, Vere Bennett, Fred Grove, Walter Pearce, Leo Caselli, Alfred Ibberson, Rutland Barrington, J. Cooke Beresford, Roger Alywyn, Alfred Fisher (actor & Stage Manager), Leonard Cassell (actor & Assistant Stage Manager).
11 Oct 1918 Grand Theatre, LeedsProfessional
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Performed on 11 and 12 October 1918.
23 Oct 1918 Windsor Theatre, SheffieldProfessional
24 Oct 1918 Court Theatre, LiverpoolProfessional
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Performed on 24, 25 and 26 October 1918.
9 Nov 1918 Theatre Royal, BirminghamProfessional
12 Nov 1918 New Theatre, CardiffProfessional
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Performed between 12 and 15 November 1918.
28 Nov 1918 Prince's Theatre, BristolProfessional
4 Dec 1918 Pleasure Gardens Theatre, FolkestoneProfessional
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Performed here on 4 and 5 December 1918.
1 Sep 1919 Theatre Royal, TorquayProfessional
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Presented as part of a series of plays at the theatre this week by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.
29 Sep 1919 Court Theatre, LiverpoolProfessional
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Performed as part of a series of plays this week.
13 Oct 1919 Theatre Royal, HalifaxProfessional
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Performed as part of a series of plays presented at the theatre this week.
27 Oct 1919 Theatre Royal, NottinghamProfessional
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Performed as part of a series of plays.
10 Nov 1919 Scala Theatre, LondonProfessional
9 Mar 1920 His Majesty's Theatre, AberdeenProfessional
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Performed for one night.
11 Mar 1920 Lyceum Theatre, EdinburghProfessional
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Performed for one night only at a special matinee in aid of homes for nurses broken in the war.
22 Mar 1920 ?, BirminghamProfessional
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Performed over the following two weeks alongside other plays.
19 Apr 1920 Theatre Royal, ManchesterProfessional
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Performed as part of a series of plays.
13 Aug 1920 Opera House, BlackpoolProfessional
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Performed for one night by Martin Harvey and M. de Silva, at a matinee performance in aid of the funds of the Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
4 Sep 1920 ?, HarrogateProfessional
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Princess Victoria was present at the performance, given as a matinee.
4 Nov 1920 Prince's Theatre, BristolProfessional
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Presented for a Thursday matinee as part of the week's repertoire at the theatre.
18 Nov 1920 New Theatre, OxfordProfessional
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Performed as part of the week's repertoire of plays.
23 Nov 1920 Theatre Royal, BrightonProfessional
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Performed as an evening performance at 8pm as part of a series of plays over the week.
1 Dec 1920 ?, CardiffProfessional
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Performed on 1 December as a special matinee on behalf fo the actors' Benevolent Fund. It was part of a scheme which recommended that there should be a matinee for the fund of every London success after it had achieved 100 performances (Era, 17 November 1920)
17 Dec 1920 Kennington Theatre, KenningtonProfessional
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Performed on Friday and Saturday by Martin Harvey, N. de Silva and company.
26 Oct 1921 Lyceum Theatre, LondonProfessional
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Performed on Wednesday and Thursday matinees for the season, by John Martin Harvey returning from his Canadian tour. The season ended around late November/early December.
8 Apr 1922 Theatre Royal, WorthingProfessional
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Performed by the London company with Martin Harvey for one night only.
10 Apr 1922 ?, BirminghamProfessional
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Performed as part of Sir John Martin Harvey's tour which included a number of plays. This was the first performance of the tour.
25 May 1922 Theatre Royal, WorcesterProfessional
26 May 1922 Theatre Royal, Leamington SpaProfessional
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Performed as a Flying Matinee on Friday afternoon.
30 May 1922 Theatre Royal, BathProfessional
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Special matinee. Also listed as being performed on Friday 2 June (Western Morning News, 24 May 1922)
1 Jun 1922 Lyceum, TauntonProfessional
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A special performance.
2 Jun 1922 Theatre Royal, PlymouthProfessional
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Flying matinee.
7 Jun 1922 Opera House, Tunbridge WellsProfessional
8 Jun 1922 King's Theatre, SouthseaProfessional
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Flying matinee.
8 Sep 1922 Theatre Royal, NottinghamProfessional
29 Sep 1922 Lyceum Theatre, EdinburghProfessional
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Performed for one night as part of a week's repertoire by the company.
13 Oct 1922 Grand Theatre, LeedsProfessional
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Performed for one night as part of a week's repertoire by the company.
3 Nov 1922 Prince's Theatre, BristolProfessional
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Performed for one night as part of a week's repertoire by the company.
17 Nov 1922 Lyceum Theatre, SheffieldProfessional
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Performed for one night as part of a week's repertoire by the company.
4 Dec 1922 Theatre Royal, BournemouthProfessional
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Performed for one night as part of a week's repertoire by the company.
4 Dec 1922 Theatre Royal, BournemouthProfessional
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Performed as part of the week's programme.
23 Feb 1923 Garrick Theatre, LondonProfessional
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Performed on 23 and 24 February by Martin Harvey, to close his season.
14 Mar 1923 Grand Theatre, FalkirkProfessional
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Performed for one matinee whilst the company were appearing at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow.
23 Mar 1923 His Majesty's Theatre, AberdeenProfessional
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Performed on the Friday only by Martin Harvey. Other plays performed this week by Harvey include 'Via Crucis' (Mon-Thurs) and 'David Garrick' (Saturday).
27 Mar 1923 Her Majesty's Theatre, DundeeProfessional
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Performed Monday and Friday.
10 Apr 1923 Royal Court, LiverpoolProfessional
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Performed for the night as part of the company's visit to the theatre this week.
16 Apr 1923 Opera House, BlackpoolProfessional
24 Apr 1923 Theatre Royal, BirminghamProfessional
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Performed for one night as part of a week's repertoire by the company.
11 Nov 1924 Theatre Royal, BirminghamProfessional
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Performed for one night as part of a week's repertoire by the company.
18 Nov 1924 Grand Theatre, HullAmateur
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Performed for one night as part of a week's repertoire by the company.
5 Jan 1925 Theatre Royal, BrightonProfessional
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Performed for one night as part of a week's repertoire by the company.
10 Feb 1925 Theatre Royal, NottinghamProfessional
23 Feb 1925 Theatre Royal, HuddersfieldProfessional
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Performed for one night as part of a week's repertoire by the company.
24 Feb 1925 Opera House, BlackpoolProfessional
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Performed for one night as part of a week's repertoire by the company.
27 Mar 1925 Lyceum Theatre, EdinburghProfessional
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Performed for one night as part of a week's repertoire by the company.
13 Apr 1925 Theatre Royal, BournemouthProfessional
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Performed for one night as part of a week's repertoire by the company.
2 Nov 1925 Ambassadors, LondonProfessional
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Performed for three weeks only prior to Martin-Harvey's Canadian tour.
12 Feb 1927 Hippodrome, Golders Green, LondonProfessional
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Performed for one night as part of a week's repertoire by the company.
17 Feb 1927 King's Theatre, LondonProfessional
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Performed as a matinee.
22 Feb 1927 New Theatre, OxfordProfessional
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Performed on Tuesday and Saturday matinee as part of a week's repertoire by the company.
13 Jun 1927 Garrick Theatre, LondonProfessional
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Performed by Sir John Martin Harvey here until late July 1927.