Great War Theatre

Performances at this Theatre

N/A The ChequeUnknown
N/A Nuns of ArdboeUnknown
23 Nov 1914 La FlambeeProfessional
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Performers:Cecile Barclay, Rupert Lister
7 Dec 1914 To Arms!Professional
8 Mar 1915 La KommandaturProfessional
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‘the Shakespeare Theatre is to be the scene of a very important first-time-on-any-stage production. namely, an English version of the celebrated play by the distinguished Belgian dramatist. Jean Francois Fonson, “The Kommandatur.” The translation has been made by Miss Celia Storm and Miss Iné Cameron, and a strong company is headed by that gifted actor, Mr. J. D. Beveridge, Mr. Arthur Chesney, so long and so pleasantly associated with the Liverpool Repertory Theatre, and Miss Miriam Lewes, a young actress who has risen very early to the first rank of the profession. The piece in the original was produced at the Criterion Theatre by the Belgian company a few months ago, and was revived the other day. The action takes place in Brussels during the German occupation. M. Fonson’s play has been described “the first play on the present war which seems real and is able to touch the emotions It is the knowledge of Brussels - its loathing, its despair, its courage, and its gaiety - that M. Fonson has expressed in his own lavish spreading, full-blooded, unconcentrating way.”’. Liverpool Daily Post, Friday 5 March 1915. ‘At the Shakespeare Theatre this week appears “The Kommandatur,” a play in three acts by M. Jean Francois Fonson (translation by Celia Storm and Ine Cameron), compact, skilfully woven, finely written, and destitute of the ordinary melodramatic thrills but with, we think, a quite legitimately thrilling, tragic climax’. Liverpool Echo, Tuesday 9 March 1915. ‘After its successful run at the Criterion, in French, Jean François Fonson’s play, The Kommandatur, made its first bow on Monday [at the Shakespeare Theatre, Liverpool] in English. One cannot help thinking that it has lost much in its translation. The translators, Celia Storm and Ine Cameron, must be held responsible for the piece as it now stands, and unhappily they have turned out a diffuse and ineffective play. Its one “shock” – the slaying of Siegfried Weiger [sic] by Catherine Jadot – comes so late and so suddenly that it is soon done and over, and the play along with it. Simple Continental domesticity is really its base. It counts to the enterprise of Mr. Harold V. Neilson that he has saved(?) so much dramatic worth for the main interpretation of the play, which, in the original, deservedly made a palpable hit at the Criterion on January 25; but neither the artistic depth nor the fine colouring which Mr. J. D. Beveridge, in the richness of his art, could apply to Antoine Jadot, nor the grace of expression and intellectuality of Miss Miriam Lewes’s admired and searching beauty of playing could more than fitfully galvanise interest in the ineffectual doings of this version'. The Stage, 11 March 1915.
8 Mar 1915 La KommandaturUnknown
13 Jul 1916 Suburban GrooveUnknown
17 Jul 1916 The Story of the AngelusProfessional
30 Jul 1917 His Mother's RosaryProfessional
19 Nov 1917 The Fires of YouthUnknown
1 Jul 1918 The Chinese PuzzleUnknown
5 Aug 1918 Inside the LinesProfessional
21 Apr 1919 By Pigeon PostProfessional
2 Jun 1919 General PostProfessional
8 Nov 1920 Seven Days LeaveProfessional