Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

A short war melodrama. The pacifist in question is one Brunner, who uses his position in the port of London authority to give information to the Germans about transports and to facilitate air raids by signalling. He has also, apparently, blown up a transport himself by putting a bomb on it. His object in these activities is to compel England to make peace. Brunner is the fiancé of a lady doctor. She detects him signalling and communicating with a German spy. He refuses to kill himself and she puts poison in his drink which does the job. Thus saving him from being shot. In the circumstances she was justified, I suppose. Brunner is impossible, I hope, and the play seems unfair to the pacifists. But I see nothing to object to from the point of view of the office. Recommended for licence. G. S. Street.

Licensed On: 22 Oct 1918

License Number: 1824



British Library Reference: LCP1918/18

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66200 M


28 Oct 1918 Empress, BrixtonAmateur Licensed Performance
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Performed by: George Pickett (Richard Brunner), Dorothy Wilmer (Dr Madge Verrinder), Phyllis Manners (Mrs Garritt), Edith Madelle (A Poor Woman), Harry Gilbey (Sergeant ? Mardan): 'one might reasonably presume Mr Brandon's latest contribution to be a treatise founded upon the pacifist 'question'. The piece, which came in for a fair share of favour on Monday evening, is, however, yet another addition to the long list of spy plays already before the public." | "The finale is distinctly good, but the author should have something more convincing to lead up to it. Several of the situations are rather threadbare and stand in need of strengthening.' (Stage, 31 October 1918). Other acts on the same bill were: Lockhart's Elephants, Will Lacey, Caron Troupe, Laura Novea, Irene May, Divina, Foot-Gers.
30 Dec 1918 Metropole Theatre, GatesheadProfessional
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Performed by George Pickett & Co.