Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

A spirited little 'story of the war'. Some Germans capture a French officer who is carrying important despatches for the English. Hope, an English girl living in France, tries to save him by tricking the German captain but fails and the two are brought into camp. The despatch is in cypher which the German cannot read; while the German captain is about to torture the Frenchman to make him read it. Hope snatches his sword but is disarmed; the Germans are just going to shoot the Frenchman (Hope being of course reserved for a worse fate) when the English arrive and shoot the Germans in a lively fight. The piece is not so silly as most of its kind. Recommended for license. G. S. Street

Licensed On: 7 Oct 1914

License Number: 2972




British Library Reference: LCP1914/30

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66078 V


Date Theatre Type
12 Oct 1914 Aquarium Theatre, Yarmouth Professional Licensed Performance
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Performed for the week by Mr Wm. Fraser-Brunner (Actor), Mr Douglas Cecil (Actor), and Helena Millais (Actress) and described as 'the biggest production yet essayed by Miss [Helena] Millais'. The officers and men who witnessed it 'were delighted with it' and the newspaper notes that 'We hope to welcome it in London shortly'. (Era, 21 October 1914). 'The playlet is well written, and intensely patriotic in sentiment. It should prove a big success'. 'Includes a capital American detective episode' and a variety programme is 'well carried out' (Yarmouth Independent, 17 October 1914)