Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

This is a more or less literal version of the Belgian play which has been running at the Criterion. It reads naturally, except perhaps where the French slang of the news vendors is done with cockney English, in the second act. Expressions, or even ideas, have not the same value, very often, when translated, and what hardly seems coarse in our language may seem decidedly so in another, but there is nothing in this version which calls for censure. The simple story of life in Brussels under the Germans comes out well - the pleasant domesticity of the Jadot family. Jadot's arrest by the treacherous German Siegfried, the scene in the prison with the fair picture of good and bad German officials, the return to this home of Jadot, and Siegfried's coming again to announce that the daughter's fiancé has been killed, and her stabbing him, the last touch seeming still to me out of tone with the rest. A pathetic play. Recommended for license. G. S. Street.

Licensed On: 4 Mar 1915

License Number: 3227

British Library Reference: LCP1915/5

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66091 O


8 Mar 1915 Shakespeare Theatre, LiverpoolUnknown Licensed Performance