Great War Theatre

Examiner of Plays' Summary:

This does not differ in essentials from other spy plays we have had: it is, however, better written and less violent than most of them. The spy in this case has taken lodgings with an old army prisoner and his daughter-in-law, disguised as an English clergyman. The prisoner's son, a very breezy sailor, comes home on leave and at once suspects the spy, to whom he pretends to sell a naval secret, of course giving information. Then by pretending to go away for the night and returning he catches the spy sending off pigeons: There is a fight, the police arrive and the spy is captured. It is to the credit of the play that the spy is made merely a secret service agent doing his business and not an impossible villain. Recommended for License. G. S. Street.

Researcher's Summary:

This sketch only appears to have been performed for one week.

Licensed On: 31 Oct 1914

License Number: 3000



British Library Reference: LCP1914/32

British Library Classmark: Add MS 66080 G


11 Nov 1914 Lyric, LiverpoolUnknown Licensed Performance
23 Nov 1914 Lyric, LiverpoolProfessional
Read Narrative
'After being drawn more closely together, and, we might suggest a more attractive title attached to It, the work should find general acceptance. Indeed, as presented on Monday night last in its rough state, a large audience afforded most it a most encouraging reception' (Era, 25 November 1914) Performed by G. Raymond Wallace, Charles Loraine, Allan Mayne, Gertrude Hodgson, Edward Carlton