Great War Theatre

Performances at this Theatre

N/A The BrideUnknown
N/A The Lady PolicemanUnknown
11 Jan 1915 Stage-StruckUnknown
12 Apr 1915 By Jingo If We DoProfessional
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This was not a full performance of 'By Jingo if we do' but a series of performances which included the 'highly diverting coffee-stall scene' from the revue ('Sporting Times', 10 April 1915)
12 Jul 1915 How to Get OnUnknown
15 Nov 1915 War MatesProfessional
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The cast included: Herbert Russell (John Sturger), Daisy Cordell (Mary Sturger), Sidney Vautier (Wilfred Sturger), Slaine Mills (Steve Allison). It was produced by Eille Norwood. The variety portion of the programme included Tom Hearne, Coram, Clark's Crazy Cyclists, Twelve Manchester Mites, Jack Lane, Anaros, the Kebbles, and Lauri Howard. The play was described as 'A powerful little "play of the moment"' ('Era', 17 November 1915) and the author's direct experience of the issue was referred to: 'The piece deals with the question of munitions, and the author, an officer of the London Scottish, after being wounded, is now an invalid in England. The action of 'War Mates' takes place in this country; its purpose is to stimulate and maintain the supply of munitions. 'War Mates' will be staged by Eille Norwood." ('The Stage', 4 November 1915)
22 Nov 1915 The New WordProfessional
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‘Revue will be banished from the Victoria Palace next week, and a real variety programme will be presented. Sir James Barrie’s “The New Word” will be played by a company headed by Helen Haye and O. B. Clarence’. Pall Mall Gazette, Saturday 20 November 1915.
10 Jan 1916 The Bathroom DoorUnknown
27 Mar 1916 Mrs O’Malley’s ReceptionUnknown
28 Aug 1916 A Day In A Dug-OutProfessional
15 Jan 1917 Special MixturesUnknown
22 Jan 1917 Nature's CallUnknown
22 Jan 1917 Nature's CallProfessional
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'Play in One Act by W.B. Forster-Bovill and Rev. A.J. Waldron'...'The announcement that the Rev. A.J. Waldron was to appear in person in his new sketch drew a huge crowd to the Victoria Palace on Monday night. Mr Forster-Bovil and "the vicar's" latest effort is less of a play than a dramatic conversation upon a very delicate and important moral question. The question being, in a nutshell, that seeing the over-preponderance of women over men in numbers accentuated beyond thought by the war, should a woman satisfy her maternal instinct and bear a child for the race without necessarily marrying the child's father?" "The Era", 24 January 1917.
2 Apr 1917 Flying ColoursProfessional
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The Stage, Thursday 29 March 1917 listed Harry Thurston and company in “The Johnson ‘Ole” at the Victoria Palace, London in Calls for Next Week. Harry Thurston and company in “The Johnson ‘Ole” were advertised as part of the show at the Victoria Palace, London in the Sporting Times, 31 March 1917. The People, Sunday 8 April 1917, advertised ‘Capt. Bruce Bairnsfather presents “The Johnson ‘Ole”’ at the Victoria Palace, which implies that the show continued its run into the week beginning Monday 9 April.
21 Apr 1917 Kitchen FrolicsUnknown
25 Jun 1917 When the Clock Strikes NineProfessional
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The cast included Nina Boucicault (Mrs Lane), A. S. Homewood (Walter Loring), Joan Blair (Ann Loring), and Arthur Hardy (producer)
30 Jul 1917 The Sugar BabyUnknown
19 Oct 1917 Pageant of the Southern CrossUnknown
7 Jan 1918 Maid Of FranceProfessional
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Performed by Marguerite Scialtiel.
25 Feb 1918 Silent AdvertisingProfessional
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Originally the play was intended for the Argyll Theatre, Birkenhead, but this has been crossed out on the licence notes and replaced with the Victoria Palace.
11 Mar 1918 A Cockney CourtshipUnknown
1 Apr 1918 Switch No. 7Unknown
9 Sep 1918 The Boy Comes HomeUnknown
21 Nov 1918 Their MothersProfessional
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Performed between 21 and 26 January 1918 at the Victoria Palace. The Era, on 23 January 1918 wrote: 'It is a good idea to bring into juxtaposition these two mothers, the one a poor working woman and the other a lady of title. The connecting link is a notebook belonging to the latter’s son, and sent home by him from the Front under the care of the poor woman’s son, who has been on leave. The rich young man had saved the other’s life, and had also written to his mother about a brave action by some unknown soldier that had saved the situation that day. It was performed by the poor man, who had temporarily “deserted” from the rear in order to be in the thick of the fighting. The reason for the mother’s secretiveness about her son’s name and number is the expected punishment for him, instead of the reward which is evidently to be his due. Miss Clare Greet is at her best in one of her familiar charlady parts, and Miss Elizabeth Chesney played the other character with a quiet dignity, although her voice has not yet accustomed itself to the needs of a large music hall’. The Stage wrote on 24 January 1918: ‘It is to be feared that there is little chance of anything like sustained popularity in the music-halls for Evelyn Glover’s comedy playlet, 'Their Mothers', which was played for the first time in variety on Monday evening by the clever actress, Clare Greet, and her accomplished partner, Elizabeth Chesney. The piece itself is well written enough, but is rather too conversational and intimate for its new surroundings. It was originally seen at the Apollo, and concerns an interview in wartime between two mothers whose sons are at the front’.