Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

The two German villains, Hoffman and Biernstyne, begin their career by robbing jack at cards in an Irish village, and plotting generally. Jack is in love with Winnie, whose wicked half-sister Mary passes as the wife of Hoffman. Their machinations are exposed by Father Pat. With a view to ruining Father Pat, Mary knocks at his bedroom when he has just gone in and pretends, to his horror, to make love to him. Enter Hoffman; Father Pat knocks him down in self-defence and, thinking he has slain him, leaves the village. In Act II he re-appears as a sergeant, and his identity being revealed to the Colonel; explains that the bishop had given him absolution - Act II p.8 - there might be some offence in this but I do not think so. But the colonel tells him that as War has just been declared it was no murder (act II p9) - an odd doctrine and a Colonel should know better, but, again, I think it does not matter. Hoffman of course was not dead and most of Act II was passed in a dug-out where he and Biernstyne are spying, disguised as French peasants; there is a great deal of violent business, with hands upping, and so forth, in which Jack, Mary, and Father Pat take part, and Father Pat discomfits the villains by his nerve and courage. However, in Act III Biernstyne and Hoffman turn up in England again with lying stories of Jack's decease, to be exploded finally by the arrival of Jack and Father Pat, safe and sound. It is fairly well written for the sort of rubbish. In spite of the hero being a priest, I do not think there is anything offensive to Catholics. The character is of course entirely sympathetic, and though, naturally, there is a certain amount of priestly local colour, so to speak - the play ends with the angelus and a prayer - it is quite reverent. Recommended for license. G. S. Street

Researcher's Summary:

No author was listed on the script submitted for licensing but subsequent research has identified James William Whitbread as the author.

Licensed On: 21 Dec 1915

License Number: 3936

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British Library Reference: LCP1915/34

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66120 Q

Performances

DateTheatreType
31 Jan 1916 Theatre Royal, WolverhamptonProfessional Licensed Performance
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville (Father Patrick Fitzgerald), Sydney A Monckton (Jack Brownlow), Maude Lambert (Lennie McMahon), Bert Pemberton (Dennis O'Donohue), Oscar Power (Col Nugent Pallister), George Langdon (Max Hoffman), Sidney Ellis (Benjamin Burnstyne), Robert Mann (Sgt Haggerty), Tom Atkinson (Orderly Brown), Genna Lyndon (Winnie Desmond), Mysie Monty (Mary McMahon), Nellie Richmond (Biddy Dolan) Reviews: "There is not a dull moment in the piece ... The scene in the dug-out is excellent", The Stage
7 Feb 1916 Theatre Royal, SmethwickProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
14 Feb 1916 Theatre Royal, AstonProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
28 Feb 1916 Theatre Royal, BuryProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
6 Mar 1916 Royal Osborne Theatre, ManchesterProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
13 Mar 1916 Grand Junction Theatre, ManchesterProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co. Reviews: "a thrilling Irish story, in which the dramatic situation and comedy are sustained throughout", Manchester Evening News
19 Mar 1916 Grand Theatre, LutonProfessional
20 Mar 1916 Prince's Theatre, BradfordProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
27 Mar 1916 Theatre Royal, LeedsProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
3 Apr 1916 Hippodrome, HydeProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
10 Apr 1916 Prince's Theatre, BradfordProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
17 Apr 1916 Opera House, St Helen'sProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
24 Apr 1916 Court Theatre, WarringtonProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
1 May 1916 Theatre Royal, StockportProfessional
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Reviews: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
8 May 1916 Alexandra Theatre, HullProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
15 May 1916 Theatre Royal, OldhamProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
22 May 1916 Hippodrome, KeighleyProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
29 May 1916 Theatre Royal, SheffieldProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co. Reviews:"distinctly above the average play of its kind", Sheffield Daily Telegraph.
5 Jun 1916 Hippodrome, MexboroughProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
12 Jun 1916 Theatre Royal, RochdaleProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
19 Jun 1916 Royalty Theatre, ChesterProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
21 Jun 1916 Grand Theatre, NottinghamProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co. Reviews: "All the eligible men in the company have attested", Nottingham Evening Post
26 Jun 1916 Grand, RhylProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
28 Jun 1916 Palladium, HartlepoolProfessional
3 Jul 1916 Theatre Royal, MiddlesboroughProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
4 Jul 1916 Empire, GarstonProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
10 Jul 1916 Empire, GarstonProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
7 Aug 1916 County Theatre, ReadingProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
14 Aug 1916 Theatre Royal, BirkenheadProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
21 Aug 1916 Hippodrome, HuddersfieldProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co. Reviews: "certainly worth seeing ... not a single shot is fired throughout the performance"
25 Aug 1916 Theatre Royal, South ShieldsProfessional
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Performers:Matthew H Glenville and Co. Reviews: well constructed and well acted", South Shields Daily News
28 Aug 1916 Grand Theatre, HalifaxProfessional
4 Sep 1916 Theatre Royal, MiddlesboroughProfessional
11 Sep 1916 Grand, HartlepoolProfessional
18 Sep 1916 Gaiety Theatre, Houghton-Le-SpringProfessional
9 Oct 1916 Gateshead, GatesheadProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
16 Oct 1916 Theatre Royal, CastlefordProfessional
23 Oct 1916 Theatre Royal, LeicesterProfessional
30 Oct 1916 Hippodrome, NuneatonProfessional
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Performers:Matthew H Glenville and Co.
6 Nov 1916 Hippodrome, WednesburyProfessional
13 Nov 1916 Hippodrome, BillesdenProfessional
20 Nov 1916 Alexandra Theatre, BirminghamProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co. Reviews: "A thrilling drama of war, love and intrigue", Birmingham Daily Post
27 Nov 1916 Metropole, BootleProfessional
4 Dec 1916 Theatre Royal, BathProfessional
11 Dec 1916 Palace, NewcastleProfessional
18 Dec 1916 Theatre Royal, ChathamProfessional
26 Dec 1916 Theatre Royal, LondonProfessional
8 Jan 1917 Royal Hippodrome, DoverProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co. Reviews: "fine military drama"
15 Jan 1917 Theatre Royal, LondonProfessional
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Performers:Matthew H Glenville and Co.
29 Jan 1917 Elephant and Castle Theatre, LondonProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
19 Feb 1917 Pontnewydd, PontnewyddProfessional
26 Feb 1917 Theatre Royal, CanterburyProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
5 Mar 1917 Opera House, WakefieldProfessional
26 Mar 1917 Prince's Theatre, PortsmouthProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
2 Apr 1917 Grand Theatre, SouthamptonProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co. Reviewers: "fine play ...attracting large audiences"
23 Apr 1917 Opera House, NorthamptonProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
30 Apr 1917 Hippodrome, NuneatonProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
7 May 1917 Theatre Royal, LiverpoolProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co. Other acts on bill: "Daddy's Girl"
14 May 1917 Theatre Royal, SmethwickProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co. Other acts on Bill: "Daddy's Girl"
21 May 1917 Theatre Royal, AstonProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co. Other acts on bill: Daddy's Girl
11 Jun 1917 Gaiety Theatre, HastingsProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co. Reviews: "enthusiastically received, and the applause testified to the audience's appreciation", Hastings and St Leonards Observer
25 Jun 1917 Royal Palace Theatre, RamsgateProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co. Reviews: Advert - "the most enthralling story written since Dion Boucicault's masterpiece", Thanet Advertiser
30 Jul 1917 County Theatre, BedfordProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
26 Oct 1917 Hippodrome, HuddersfieldProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co. Other acts on Bill: Daddy's Girl
1 Nov 1917 Empire, GarstonProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and C Other acts on bill: Daddy's Girl
17 Dec 1917 Grand Theatre, PlymouthProfessional
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Performers: Messrs King and Perry's Stock Co
12 Mar 1918 Grand Theatre, MansfieldProfessional
18 Mar 1918 Theatre Royal, SunderlandProfessional
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Performers: Albert Sember's Co
30 Sep 1918 Garrick Theatre, EdinburghProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
6 Oct 1919 Colesium, ShorehamProfessional