Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

This is one of Sir James’s typically intimate and sympathetic studies of the tender commonplaces of daily domestic life. Its central figure is a reserved and self-conscious young fellow who, to the great and outspoken pride of his mother and sister, presents himself for the first time in his uniform as Second Lieutenant K.R.R. Its subject is the shyness which prevents the father - proud and fond though he is of his soldier-boy - from joining in the demonstrations of his wife and daughter. Left alone together the father and son soon come to a mutual understanding of the attitude which puzzles their women folk, but is absolutely true to the natures which the playwright so faithfully depicts. Recommended for license. Ernest A. Bendall.

Licensed On: 4 Mar 1915

License Number: 3224



British Library Reference: LCP1915/5

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66091 L


11 Mar 1915 Duke of York's, LondonUnknown Licensed Performance
22 Apr 1915 Duke of York's, LondonProfessional
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This is a charming work, full of tender humour, and exhibiting throughout the real Barrie touch, The purpose is to show the curious restraint of feeling often displayed by British fathers and their grown-up , sons to one another. At first it seemed entirely comical in a rather cruel way ...but afterwards came a scene between father and son, in which it appeared that the war had broken down the barrier between them. So, in a strange, timid way, the hearts of the two men groped towards one another, and the piece ended on a touching note of tenderness (Scotsman, 23 March 1915)
4 Oct 1915 Coliseum, LondonProfessional