Great War Theatre

Performances at this Theatre

N/A The Guns Of Victory!Unknown
N/A Line Up HereUnknown
N/A On ApproUnknown
30 Nov 1914 The Supreme SacrificeUnknown
30 Nov 1914 The Knighthood of PosnerUnknown
7 Dec 1914 A Beauty DoctorUnknown
4 Jan 1915 A Dead CertUnknown
18 Jan 1915 Tuning a PianoUnknown
1 Mar 1915 War, Wine, and a WomanProfessional
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‘“War, Wine and a Woman”. Dramatic Episode, by Victor Grayson, Produced at the Camberwell Empire on Monday March 1. Colonel Emden … Mr. Cecil Belcher Lieut. Danziger … Mr. Sydney Bland Lieut. Blake … Mr. Louis Sealy Winnie Alsop … Miss Ruth Norreys The scene of “War, Wine and a Woman” is laid in the officers’ quarters behind the German trenches. An English lady prisoner, Winnie Alsop, of the British Intelligence Department, is brought in. Pretending to be a Cockney, she wheedles round the German officer, who writes her a pardon. Having a knowledge of the German language, Winnie discovers that this is not really a pardon, and after plying the German with champagne he falls asleep. The girl then steals some despatches and the English arrive under Lieut. Blake. Winnie revealing her identity, it transpires that she is Lieut. Blake’s fiancée. Miss Ruth Norreys gave an excellent impersonation of Winnie Alsop, her character study as a Cockney being especially good. Colonel Emden was well played by Mr. Cecil Belcher, whilst Mr. Sydney Bland as Lieut. Danziger and Mr. Louis Sealy as Lieut. Blake also did praiseworthy work’. The Era, 3 March 1915.
1 Mar 1915 War, Wine, and a WomanUnknown
5 Apr 1915 A Jew's JudgmentUnknown
19 Apr 1915 CodUnknown
12 Jun 1915 Get over There or Quick MarchUnknown
2 Aug 1915 Got 'emUnknown
16 Aug 1915 Don't Be SillyUnknown
23 Aug 1915 The Glorious DayProfessional
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Performed as 'Don't be Silly'. 'This revue having undergone many changes, all of which are dundoubtedly for the best, now makes a bid for futther honours under the above title' (Stage, 26 August 1915). Changes included a reduction from 13 to 10 tableaux. The 'pastoral scene' in Devon was removed and new scenes showing 'Big Lizzie in Action' and a 'Carnival of Peace' were added. The performance was well received but the Stage recommended a change of title.
30 Aug 1915 BabylandUnknown
30 Aug 1915 NahanaUnknown
11 Oct 1915 The Man Who Came BackUnknown
28 Feb 1916 A Dark PageUnknown
27 Mar 1916 The House OppositeUnknown
8 May 1916 The Wages Of Hell (After The War)Unknown
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The play was staged here until around 20 May. The cast was: John Lawson (actor), Lucille Sidney (actress), Adèle Lawson (actress), Charles Vane (actor), Miss Pearson (actress), Mr. Frank Seddon (actor). The remainder of the bill consisted of Brodo and Anitra, vocalists; Millie Gold, the popular male impersonator; and Miss Georgina Berry. 'The Era' (10 May 1916) wrote the following: 'Christianity is undergoing the severest test of its existence. The war has produced a difference of opinion between clergymen upon the subject of loving our enemies as interesting in its variation as the doctors’ treatment of indigestion. One day a prominent Eton divine exhorts the populace not to humiliate Germany - when hundreds of Eton’s own have suffered the horrors of the Hun. A day later another Church celebrity declares that it is our business to exterminate the enemy. Now we have the Rev. A. J. Waldron, a clergyman beloved by his congregation for his broadmindedness, as the author of 'The Wages of Hell', a dramatic playlet anticipating the feeling of the people, particularly of the Jews, towards the vanquished foe 17 years hence. As the hero of a sketch Mr. John Lawson has preached many a sensible sermon from the stage. He has had few more effective to deliver than that which the late Vicar of Brixton has written for him. The German must never be forgiven; the barbarity of his warfare never forgotten. [...] Mr. Lawson rams home the author’s main arguments with splendid emphasis, and relieves the dramatic moments with unexpected touches of light comedy. Miss Lucille Sidney’s portrayal of the mother overwhelmed with lasting shame is perfect, and cleverly contrasted with the character of the schoolgirl in the prologue. The daughter is delightfully played by Miss Adèle Lawson. Mr. Charles Vane handles the unsympathetic rôle of the Boche with commendable skill; the remaining characters of the Nun and a butler being suitably represented by Miss Pearson and Mr. Frank Seddon. In the preceding variety programme Mr. Fred Keeton is a great favourite, particularly in his song “It’s too much trouble”. The Four Collegiate Girls are entertaining, and would be more so with the infusion of newer songs into their act. Les Montez might remember that the Apache Dance has been done - overdone in fact. The vocal and instrumental performance of Master Law, Norman Law, and Miss Constance Jeffries is pleasing throughout. Other favourites billed include the Three Ragged Jesters, Mr. Louis J. Seymour, and Miss Lena Lloyd’.
5 Jun 1916 The Wily WidowUnknown
5 Jun 1916 All Sir GarnetUnknown
5 Jun 1916 A Little PlotUnknown
3 Jul 1916 Hullo, PeaceUnknown
2 Oct 1916 Paris to MaidenheadUnknown
23 Oct 1916 There Was A King In FlandersProfessional
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Performed by Oswald Waller and Gloria Laurence. On the same bill were: Eileen (toe dancer), Ernest Ludlow and Millie Chase (vocalists), Jessie Allan (soprano), Three Dancing Wilburrs, Fred Keeton (comedian), Wallace and Ross (comedy duo), Lily Hartley (singer). The Era reported on 1 November 1916 that 'Nothing finer has been seen here in the way of dramatic acting than Mr Oswald Waller's portrayal of the Belgian soldier, and Miss Gloria Lawrence (sic) acts beautifully as the nurse'.
15 Jan 1917 Father and Son AlikeUnknown