Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

This play is a blend of musical comedy and melodrama, illustrated by cinema pictures. Its motive and subject are both of them naval, and it begins with a sketch of the tars of the days of Queen Bess and Drake and the famous game of bowls, passing thence to Nelson and the 'Victory' and thus on to the British battleship of to-day and the exploit of the 'Vindictive' on the Mole at Zeebrugge. This last furnishes the story of the play in the attempt of the inevitable Hun spy to blow up a battleship by posing as an English boat-swain and introducing a bomb on board - an effort in which he is foiled, after many thrills, by the reckless gallantry of the tar, rewarded by the VC - whom he is personating. There is a [...] of bluff lovemaking for W.A.A.C and W. R. N, and there are many ditties, most of them given and quite harmless, though a few others are omitted so that their words must be sent in, whether they are published ones or not. Recommended for licence. Ernest A. Bendall. Songs forwarded and passed EAB 20.11.18. The extra song 'Leave Them Alone' is recommended for licence EAB. 22.11.18 [The following comments are added in ink] So also is the new song following 'The Mole Fight' B 27.11.18. [...] Manager informed that new scene can be included in licensed MS. S

Licensed On: 21 Nov 1918

License Number: 1874

British Library Reference: LCP1918/20

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66202 E


23 Nov 1918 Prince's Theatre, LondonUnknown Licensed Performance