Great War Theatre

Performances at this Theatre

DateScriptType
26 Apr 1915 Keep Your SeatsUnknown
12 Jul 1915 Have A GuessUnknown
26 Jun 1916 Money For NothingProfessional
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Performed from 26 June to 1 July 1916 by Billy Bernhardt, Florence Smithers, Nelly Turner, Andy Clark, Phil Lester, Gertie Lawrence, E.A. Plumpton. Other acts included: Frank Hartley (juggler), Gene Fields (musician), Hall & Turn (acrobats), Bioscope.
20 Nov 1916 In the TrenchesProfessional
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Performed for the week by cast including Harry Buss. '"In the Trenches" has a far more genuine note about it than the programme description of "a screaming comedy" would suggest...there is the letter which Private Higgins receives from his sweetheart telling him that she is being taken out as a "kindness" by a friend of his who is working in munitions is not without its counterpart in real life, judging by the reception it had' (Nottingham Evening Post, 21 November 1916)
5 Mar 1917 Carry OnUnknown
24 Sep 1917 Flying ColoursProfessional
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‘Captain Bruce Bairnsfather’s sketch “The Johnson ‘Ole,” is quite the success claimed for it. It is a realistic picture of trench life, and the humour is distinctly crisp. In the original character of Old Bill (the Walrus) Harry Thurston is very amusing indeed, and the whole production is most entertaining’. Nottingham Evening Post, 25 September 1917. ‘Everyone surely has had a laugh, one time or another, at the sardonic humour of Captain Bruce Bairnsfather’s sketches of trench life, and if one can imagine a whole gallery of those sketches strung together and brought to life, an excellent idea will be gained of what “The Johnson ‘Ole,” as presented at the Hippodrome last night, is like. Mr. Harry Thurston and his comrades have been seen in a similar study before, but while the surroundings remain the same the “book” is entirely new. There is good honest laughter in it from beginning to end, that is except for fleeting moments when one is reminded poignantly that there is another side to the picture; and no topical production yet seen in Nottingham has been more generously appreciated than was “The Johnson ‘Ole” last night’. Nottingham Journal, 25 September 1917.
5 Nov 1917 Inside the LinesProfessional
10 Dec 1917 Airs And GracesProfessional
24 Jun 1918 Flying ColoursProfessional
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‘Typical trench humour is the feature of “The Johnson ‘Ole” at the Hippodrome, and Harry Thurston as “the walrus” creates uproarious merriment’. Nottingham Evening Post, 25 June 1918. ‘Laughter, loud and well sustained, with now and again a characteristic touch of pathos, is very much in evidence in Captain Bruce Bairnsfather’s appealing wartime study “The Johnson ‘Ole,” presented last night at the Nottingham Hippodrome. Harry Thurston imparts to Old Bill “The Walrus" the requisite touch of reality, and two large audiences thoroughly appreciated his efforts, as well as those of his capable assistants’. Nottingham Journal, 25 June 1918.
24 Jun 1918 Flying ColoursProfessional
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‘Typical trench humour is the feature of “The Johnson ‘Ole” at the Hippodrome, and Harry Thurston as “the walrus” creates uproarious merriment’. Nottingham Evening Post, 25 June 1918. ‘Laughter, loud and well sustained, with now and again a characteristic touch of pathos, is very much in evidence in Captain Bruce Bairnsfather’s appealing wartime study “The Johnson ‘Ole,” presented last night at the Nottingham Hippodrome. Harry Thurston imparts to Old Bill “The Walrus" the requisite touch of reality, and two large audiences thoroughly appreciated his efforts, as well as those of his capable assistants’. Nottingham Journal, 25 June 1918.
5 Jan 1920 The Rhondda Miner’s OctetteProfessional
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Performed for the week including the song 'Down in a Coal Mine'. Other acts on the bill were Alec Daimler and Dora Eadie, R. W. Willey, Miss Billie Val and partner, Ted Waite, Howard Flynn, Elste Haynson Charles Hanbury and Jonny Schofield, and Answerouls, the great Belgian acrobats.