Theatre Royal, Bristol
Performances at this Theatre
|7 Sep 1914||A Modern May Eve||Unknown|
|21 Sep 1914||Pierrotesque||Unknown|
|26 Oct 1914||The End of the World||Professional|
Western Daily Press, Tuesday 27 and Friday 30 October 1914 published advertisements for Miss Muriel Pratt’s season at the Theatre Royal, Bristol, showing the first production of John Masefield’s ‘Philip The King’ and Lascelles Abercrombie’s ‘The End of the World’. A different show was advertised for the following week. ‘There is an unusually interesting programme at the Theatre Royal this week, inasmuch as two new plays by distinguished poets are being performed. They are “Philip the King,” by Mr John Masefield, and “The End of the World,” by Mr Lascelles Abercrombie … [“The End of the World”] reads better than it plays. The odd types of villagers (who imagine a comet is going to destroy the world), though well-acted, are not so humorous as might have been expected. It is a pleasant, quietly amusing piece of work, but much of the poetry of it is out of place in the mouths of the characters who speak it. Mr Brember Wills, Mr Carey, Mr Marsh Dunn, and Mr Denton Thompson did all that could be done with the characters. Both plays were produced by Miss Muriel Pratt. There will be a matinée on Thursday’. Western Daily Press, Tuesday 27 October 1914. ‘There is an unusually interesting programme at the Theatre Royal this week, inasmuch as two new plays by distinguished poets are being performed. They are “Philip the King,” by Mr John Masefield, and “The End of the World,” by Mr Lascelles Abercrombie … “The End of the World,” by Mr Lascelles Abercrombie is a study which is a mixture of psychology and humour. The two acts take place in a public-house in a rural neighbourhood. The village ale tipsters are led to believe that the end of the world is at hand, with the result that some queer specimens of mental attitude towards life are revealed. Warp, the mole catcher, saves the situation by revealing the fact that the supposed awful conflagration is merely a rick on fire. Mr. Brendon [sic - Brember] Wills impersonated Huff, a quite remarkable farmer, with his customary skill; as Vine, the publican, Mr. B. March Dunn gave another of his delightful Devonshire sketches; and Mr. J. Denton Thompson hit off the mole-catcher to the life. The remaining characters were also in able hands’. Clifton Society, 29 October 1914.
|26 Oct 1914||Philip The King||Professional|
Staged by Miss Muriel Pratt’s company and advertised as written before the outbreak of war, yet curiously appropriate at the present time. Performed alongside “The End of the World” by Mr Lascelles Abercombie. “With the quality of that we are not concerned here. The play itself, though conventional in craftsmanship, plays better than it reads. In spite of rather too long speeches,” Western Daily Mail (27.10.1914) Mr Brember Wills acted the part of Philip. Miss Muriel Pratt as the daughter. Clive Carey recited the Armada’s defeat.
|27 Oct 1914||Philip The King||Unknown|
|2 Nov 1914||Guenevere||Unknown|
|9 Nov 1914||Iris Intervenes||Unknown|
|30 Aug 1915||His Mother's Rosary||Professional|
|10 Apr 1916||The Sunshine of Paradise Alley||Professional|
|15 May 1916||The Story of the Angelus||Professional|
|28 Aug 1916||Joy - Sister of Mercy||Professional|
|4 Dec 1916||John Raymond's Daughter or A Soldier's Love Child||Professional|
'The play tackles some of the greatest problems of the day and provides some very forceful arguments. Difficult topics are dealt with with extreme delicacy, and there is abundant food for thought which the vivid stage pictures will direct in the proper course.' ('Western Daily Press', 5 December 1916, p.3)
|4 Dec 1916||The Sunshine of Paradise Alley||Professional|
|25 Feb 1918||The Cottage Girl||Professional|
|18 Mar 1918||The Sunshine of Paradise Alley||Professional|
|20 May 1918||A Mother's Prayer||Professional|
Performed as 'The Middy V.C. Comes Home' Played by the repertory company ('Western Daily Press', 21 May 1918, p. 2)
|23 Jun 1919||The Light that Leads Me Home||Professional|
Performed by the Theatre Royal Repertory Company with Arthur Goff, Digby Hayes, Courtney Robinson, Matt Wilkinson, Ernest Nixon, T Parker, Sophie Fane, Eileen Leoville, Nan Sheldon, and Florrie Hall.
|30 May 1921||Girl Mother||Professional|
Twice nightly. The story is a thoroughly interesting one, and the many strange situations which arise are happily solved in the end. There are schemes and counter-schemes skilfully blended, and the sad moments are happily relieved by humorous incidents. ('Western Daily Press', 31 May 1921, p. 9)
|14 Aug 1922||Called Up||Professional|
Performed this week.
|13 Apr 1925||Seven Days Leave||Professional|
Performed for the week with two performances Monday, at 6 and 8.40.
|29 Sep 1927||The Luck Of The Navy||Professional|