Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

This play is absolutely chaos and I cannot imagine any audience standing the confusion as it is now arranged. It is fortunately not the business of the Office to reconstruct it, but for the sake of disentangling the plot I make out that Act IV should come first and Act I last. So re-arranged one gathers that the plot is as follows: Mrs Shepherd, the wife of a village doctor, is an innocent bigamist, her first husband, whom she thought dead, being alive. He was also, before that, the husband of Mrs Craven, her enemy, who wants to marry the rectory. Very well: Mrs Craven makes him denounce Mrs Shepherd and of the latter's sons, one, now supposed illegitimate, enlists in the navy, in which the other son, a blackguard more or less, is an officer: they are both in love with the rector's daughter. There is a fight at sea, and son No 1 distinguishes himself and by coincidence is saved from dying of his wounds by the doctor, his step-father, and, by the way, his mother's rosary, by stopping a shot, had previously saved his life. Then they all get back to the village and eventually the truth comes out and all is well. The scenes on board ship are not ill done, and though they contain a little of the inevitable comic relief it is not offensive to the King's uniform. Otherwise the piece is harmless… Recommended for license. G. S. Street.

Licensed On: 11 Feb 1915

License Number: 3191

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British Library Reference: LCP1915/3

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66089 U

Performances

DateTheatreType
22 Feb 1915 Metropole Theatre, ManchesterUnknown Licensed Performance
1 Mar 1915 New Pavilion, LiverpoolProfessional
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Performed by Will Glaze's company.
8 Mar 1915 Hippodrome, KeighleyProfessional
15 Mar 1915 Palace, NewcastleProfessional
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'The play is at once thrilling in its incidents, and emotional in its development' (Newcastle Journal, 16 March 1915). Eva Elwes played the role of Grace Shepherd.
22 Mar 1915 Hippodrome, BoltonProfessional
29 Mar 1915 King's Theatre, GatesheadProfessional
5 Apr 1915 Metropole Theatre, GlasgowProfessional
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Will Glaze's Company often performed in two different places on the same nights. 'Received last evening with unbounded enthusiasm' (Daily Record, 6 April 1915)
5 Apr 1915 Theatre Royal, LeedsProfessional
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Will Glaze's Company often performed in two different places on the same nights.
12 Apr 1915 Prince's Theatre, BradfordProfessional
19 Apr 1915 Royal Osborne Theatre, ManchesterProfessional
26 Apr 1915 Grand Theatre, NottinghamProfessional
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'A capital example of that type of melodrama in which emotional interest is cleverly blended with spectacle' (Nottingham Evening Post, 27 April 1915)
3 May 1915 Alexandra Theatre, BirminghamProfessional
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'a powerful drama' (Evening Dispatch, 4 May 1915)
10 May 1915 Hippodrome, SalfordProfessional
17 May 1915 Royal Hippodrome, PrestonProfessional
24 May 1915 Grand Junction Theatre, ManchesterProfessional
7 Jun 1915 Grand, HartlepoolProfessional
21 Jun 1915 Hippodrome, WiganProfessional
28 Jun 1915 Her Majesty's Theatre, WalsallProfessional
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Perfromed by Her Majesty's Theatre Repertory Company with John B Shinton and Ada Ryder.
28 Jun 1915 Royalty Theatre, ChesterProfessional
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Perfromed by Will Glaze's Company.
5 Jul 1915 Hippodrome, AltrinchamProfessional
12 Jul 1915 Hippodrome, LeighProfessional
12 Jul 1915 Queen's Theatre, LongtonProfessional
9 Aug 1915 Palace Theatre, RochdaleProfessional
16 Aug 1915 Northwich Pavilion, NorthwichProfessional
23 Aug 1915 Theatre Royal, South ShieldsProfessional
23 Aug 1915 Alhambra, StourbridgeProfessional
30 Aug 1915 Theatre Royal, BristolProfessional
30 Aug 1915 King's Theatre, LongsightProfessional
6 Sep 1915 Grand Theatre, NelsonProfessional
6 Sep 1915 Rotunda, LiverpoolProfessional
13 Sep 1915 Village Hall, OakhamProfessional
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Performed by Miss Maggie Morton's Company. One night only.
13 Sep 1915 Theatre Royal, GranthamProfessional
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3 performances only.
13 Sep 1915 Theatre Royal, LondonProfessional
16 Sep 1915 Theatre Royal, LincolnProfessional
20 Sep 1915 Market Theatre, AylesburyProfessional
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Miss Maggie Morton's Company. 3 performances.
20 Sep 1915 ?, RushdenProfessional
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3 performances only.
23 Sep 1915 ?, WellingboroughProfessional
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3 performances only.
27 Sep 1915 Elephant and Castle Theatre, LondonProfessional
4 Oct 1915 Theatre Royal, SmethwickProfessional
4 Oct 1915 Theatre Royal, SheffieldProfessional
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'a story admirably adapted for stage production' (Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 1 October 1915)
4 Oct 1915 Public Hall, BelperProfessional
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Maggie Morton's Company.
11 Oct 1915 Theatre Royal, AstonProfessional
11 Oct 1915 Grand Theatre, StocktonProfessional
1 Nov 1915 Theatre Royal, JarrowProfessional
3 Nov 1915 Corn Exchange, EarlstonProfessional
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? Maggie Morton's Company. 1 performance only.
23 Nov 1915 Pavilion Picture House, KirkintillochProfessional
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Maggie Morton's Company
6 Dec 1915 Palace Theatre, GloucesterProfessional
6 Dec 1915 Alexandra Theatre, HullProfessional
27 Dec 1915 Arcadia Theatre, SpennymoorProfessional
27 Dec 1915 Palace Theatre, DerbyProfessional
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'greatest Rosary play ever staged', (Derbyshire Advertiser, 31 December 1915)
3 Jan 1916 Theatre Royal, North ShieldsProfessional
10 Jan 1916 Grand, LancasterProfessional
10 Jan 1916 Lyric Opera House, LondonProfessional
11 Jan 1916 Victoria Hall, CrewkerneProfessional
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Maggie Morton's Company. 1 performance only.
17 Jan 1916 Theatre Royal, WhitehavenProfessional
31 Jan 1916 Grand Theatre, PlymouthProfessional
31 Jan 1916 Hippodrome, CroydonProfessional
7 Feb 1916 Prince's Theatre, PortsmouthProfessional
14 Feb 1916 Empire Theatre, WinchesterProfessional
21 Feb 1916 Theatre Royal, LondonProfessional
28 Feb 1916 Pavilion Theatre, MorleyProfessional
28 Feb 1916 Empire Theatre, RipleyProfessional
6 Mar 1916 Empire Theatre, Ashton-under-LyneProfessional
20 Mar 1916 Palace, NewcastleProfessional
17 Apr 1916 Royal Court Theatre, WarringtonProfessional
24 Apr 1916 Metropole Theatre, GlasgowProfessional
24 Apr 1916 Alexandra, NewcastleProfessional
1 May 1916 Her Majesty's Theatre, CarlisleProfessional
15 May 1916 Hippodrome, HuddersfieldProfessional
22 May 1916 Palace Theatre, RochdaleProfessional
29 May 1916 Theatre Royal, DewsburyProfessional
5 Jun 1916 Grand Theatre, HalifaxProfessional
12 Jun 1916 Theatre Royal, BuryProfessional
19 Jun 1916 Theatre Royal, LiverpoolProfessional
7 Aug 1916 Theatre Royal, LeamingtonProfessional
14 Aug 1916 Prince's Theatre, BradfordProfessional
21 Aug 1916 Theatre Royal, LeedsProfessional
28 Aug 1916 Hippodrome, KeighleyProfessional
4 Sep 1916 Hippodrome, LeighProfessional
11 Sep 1916 Grand Theatre, StocktonProfessional
18 Sep 1916 Grand Theatre, DoncasterProfessional
25 Sep 1916 Theatre Royal, MiddlesboroughProfessional
2 Oct 1916 Palace Theatre, LondonProfessional
9 Oct 1916 Palace Theatre, LondonProfessional
16 Oct 1916 Rotunda, LiverpoolProfessional
23 Oct 1916 Empire, Mountain AshProfessional
30 Oct 1916 ?, CamarthenProfessional
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3 performances only.
2 Nov 1916 ?, TenbyProfessional
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3 performances only.
6 Nov 1916 Theatre Royal, SunderlandProfessional
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Albert Sember's Company
6 Nov 1916 New Theatre, CreweProfessional
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Will Glaze's Company
13 Nov 1916 King's Theatre, GatesheadProfessional
20 Nov 1916 Theatre Royal, CastlefordProfessional
27 Nov 1916 Opera House, BurtonProfessional
4 Dec 1916 Opera House, CoventryProfessional
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'considered to be one of Miss Eva Elwes' best efforts' (Coventry Evening Telegraph, 1 December 1916)
11 Dec 1916 Grand, HartlepoolProfessional
18 Dec 1916 Prince of Wales' Theatre, GrimsbyProfessional
26 Dec 1916 Perth Theatre, PerthProfessional
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'can justly be described as inspiring and edifying', (Perthshire Advertiser, 27 December 1916)
1 Jan 1917 Arcadia Theatre, SpennymoorProfessional
29 Jan 1917 Theatre Royal, AstonProfessional
5 Feb 1917 ?, LlanelliProfessional
26 Feb 1917 Elephant and Castle Theatre, LondonProfessional
5 Mar 1917 Theatre Royal, SmethwickProfessional
19 Mar 1917 Prince's Theatre, PortsmouthProfessional
16 Apr 1917 Theatre Royal, StanleyProfessional
23 Apr 1917 Theatre Royal, JarrowProfessional
30 Apr 1917 Hippodrome, WiganProfessional
7 May 1917 Theatre Royal, SheffieldProfessional
4 Jun 1917 Palace Theatre, DerbyProfessional
18 Jun 1917 Grand Theatre, NottinghamProfessional
2 Jul 1917 Hippodrome, DoverProfessional
30 Jul 1917 Shakespeare Theatre, LiverpoolProfessional
6 Aug 1917 Metropole Theatre, GlasgowProfessional
10 Sep 1917 Royal Court Theatre, WarringtonProfessional
8 Oct 1917 Theatre Royal, LondonProfessional
15 Oct 1917 Hippodrome, DerbyProfessional
19 Nov 1917 Palace, NewcastleProfessional
26 Nov 1917 Palace Theatre, DurhamProfessional
3 Dec 1917 Gaiety Theatre, HoughtonProfessional
31 Dec 1917 Theatre Royal, LiverpoolProfessional
7 Jan 1918 Grand Theatre, FalkirkProfessional
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'The power to appeal to the emotions, to hold the interest and to entertain is possessed in full measure' (Falkirk Herald, 5 January 1918)
14 Jan 1918 Mechanics Theatre, DumfriesProfessional
21 Jan 1918 Queen's theatre, Berwick-upon-TweedProfessional
25 Feb 1918 Garrick Theatre, EdinburghProfessional
3 Jun 1918 Theatre Royal, South ShieldsProfessional
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Will Glaze's Company
17 Jun 1918 Grand Theatre, CroydonProfessional
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Miss Betty Seymour and Company
24 Jun 1918 Grand Theatre, SouthamptonProfessional
5 Aug 1918 Metropole Theatre, GlasgowProfessional
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Will Glaze's Company
12 Aug 1918 Alexandra Theatre, HullProfessional
7 Oct 1918 Hippodrome, HuddersfieldProfessional