Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

This is a rather favourable specimen of melodrama, for although it is as silly and illiterate as most it is far from unpleasant violence. The story is of the simplest. Tom, having enlisted, marries Alice, and goes to the War. Charles, the foreman of the works, tries to seduce Alice; she repels him, but assisted by the villainess he gets her into a compromising situation and Tom, returning on leave, believes the worst in accordance with the tradition of heroes always believing the villain before their nearest and dearest. Then Charles tries to get Alice turned out of a munitions factory on a false charge of theft, but is himself dismissed. Tom, coming back again wounded, insists on still believing in his wife's infidelity until the villain, for purposes of his own, confesses his lie. The usual comic pair of lovers, a good clergyman, a patriotic mother and so forth complete the play. It is quite harmless and the patriotic sentiment is sound. The villainess, who is false to her soldier husband, is very properly castigated. Recommended for license. G. S. Street

Licensed On: 20 Nov 1915

License Number: 3855

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British Library Reference: LCP1915/30

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66116 Q

Performances

DateTheatreType
29 Nov 1915 Theatre Royal, WolverhamptonUnknown Licensed Performance
29 Nov 1915 Theatre Royal, WolverhamptonProfessional
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The play is founded on the song of the title now being featured by Miss Florence Smithson.(The Era, 13 October 1915)
10 Dec 1915 Palace theatre, BordesleyProfessional
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Twice nightly
30 Dec 1915 Theatre Royal, CastlefordProfessional
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Created a big sensation in Castleford. (The Stage, 30 December 1915).
5 Jan 1916 Theatre Royal, Burton on TrentProfessional
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A Top-hole Play. A Top-hole Company. Result. Top-hole Business. (The Era, 5th January 1916).
20 Jan 1916 Theatre Royal, South ShieldsProfessional
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Twice nightly
25 Jan 1916 Grand Junction Theatre, ManchesterProfessional
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Another strong drama of great human interest by Mrs F.G. Kimberley. The play has a strong military flavour and clever story being intelligently portrayed by John C. Carlyle's Company. The principals are deserving of praise. (Manchester Evening News, 25th January 1916).
17 Feb 1916 Theatre Royal, SmethwickProfessional
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Twice nightly. Two companies now touring with this gigantic success. The authoress wishes it to be clearly understood that this is not a war drama simply it is a delightful and interesting story of present day home life. No gun shots, pistols, knives or bombs are introduced.
28 Feb 1916 Theatre Royal, SheffieldProfessional
14 Apr 1916 Alexandra Theatre, HullProfessional
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Twice nightly
16 May 1916 Theatre Royal, LeedsProfessional
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Twice nightly. The play "Brave women who wait" at the Theatre Royal is a mixture of domestic and war troubles, with a somewhat sordid flavour. A villain who shirks the Army, has an illicit passion for the innocent heroine, and to ensnare the girl, deludes her husband into the belief that she has not been true to him while he has been away fighting in France. Of course, everything comes right in the end. Incidentally, the one touch of originality comes at the finish of the story. Instead of murders, suicides or the other popular methods of removing the bad man of the piece, the villain announces his intention to go abroad, and the villainess, his cut-off lover, vows to hang on and haunt him to the ends of the earth - a punishment which fits the crime and is quite the best fate the authoress could possibly have invented. There is nothing sparkling about the humour of the piece, and the dialogue drags a little occasionally. (Yorkshire Evening Post, 16th May 1916).
31 May 1916 Grand Theatre, StocktonProfessional
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Twice nightly. A great domestic drama. (Daily Gazette, Middlesborough, 31st May, 1916).
3 Jul 1916 Theatre Royal, North ShieldsProfessional
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Twice nightly
5 Sep 1916 Theatre Royal, SunderlandProfessional
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Twice nightly.
29 Nov 1916 Bordley Palace, BordesleyProfessional
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In Brave Women Who Wait which occupies the stage at the Bordesley Palace Mrs F.G.Kimberley has dexterously gathered her material from the characteristic incidents of the passing hour. The story has strong human interest, and its dramatic and emotional appeal is well interpreted by Mr John C. Carlyle's company. This includes Messrs. Terry Davis, William Scotton, Cyril T. Graves, E.T. Hayes, and Misses Annie Bond, Nellie Norman, Pollie Vickers etc.(The Era, 29th November 1916).
12 Dec 1916 Opera House, CoventryProfessional
14 Mar 1917 Empire, LiverpoolProfessional
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J.C.Carlyle's Tour. Brave Women Who Wait; or The Munition Girl's Love Story. By Mrs F.G. Kimberley. Brilliant success of re-production. Very strong cast and beautifully staged.(The Era, 14th March, 1917).
11 Apr 1917 Theatre Royal, SheffieldProfessional
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J.C.Carlyle's Company in Mrs F.G.Kimberley's recognised success. Brave Women Who Wait, or The Munition Girl's Love Story. Return visit to Sheffield last week proved another huge success. (The Era, 11th April 1917).
11 Jun 1917 Theatre Royal, LincolnProfessional
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Twice nightly for 6 nights. The great domestic drama. Brave Women Who Wait, or The Munition Girl's Love Story.