Great War Theatre

Address: London, UK

Performances at this Theatre

15 Feb 1915 The Glorious DayUnknown
10 May 1915 The Glorious DayProfessional
14 May 1915 The MissingUnknown
27 Sep 1915 His Mother's RosaryProfessional
17 Jan 1916 When Love Creeps In Your HeartProfessional
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The play was produced by Leonard Mortimer's company. It featured: Leonard Mortimer (Slow), Violet Wilkinson (Gwendoline), Rupert Talbot (Geoffrey Gard), Ernest Stidwell (Noel), Henry G Gilpin (Otto Nuber), Louis Gaye (Peebles), and Whitchurch Welsh Quartette.
6 Mar 1916 The Story of the AngelusProfessional
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Performed all week with matinees Monday and Thursday at 2.30 (The People, 5 March 1916)
13 Mar 1916 The Sunshine of Paradise AlleyProfessional
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'Good, wholesome, direct drama, with many telling lines and effective scenes [the play] is a sure attraction for a popular audience.'..... 'All the characters in this adroitly-constructed and well-written twice-nightly domestic drama are admirably played by the members of Mr. Will H. Glaze's company.' .... 'The play was effectively staged, and met with the heartiest of receptions on the night of our visit.' ('The Era', 22 March 1916, p. 11)
10 Apr 1916 John Raymond's Daughter or A Soldier's Love ChildProfessional
5 Jun 1916 Up Boys and At 'emProfessional
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Performed by Harry Fox's company. 'A very promising and spirited opening with scenes far out in Manitoba: but in its second part the piece tends to become merely a War drama of the now stereotyped sort' (Stage, 8 June 1916)
31 Jul 1916 Joy - Sister of MercyProfessional
13 Nov 1916 Heaven at The HelmProfessional
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Cast included: Harry Tresham (John Hope), Clifford Rean (Robert Charlton), John Burton (Simon Keen), Newton Pearce (Tom Tough), J Fulton Millar (Otto Brandt), P Neston (Capt. Johnson), H Webster (Dr Stanton), H Sydney (Pte Brown), Nancy Mitchell (Winnie Wilson), Emma Rainbow (Mrs Maynard), Gabrielle Romero (Mrs Brandt), Winifred Rutland (Isobelle Brandt), Leah Corentez (Elsie Maynard)
29 Jan 1917 The Soldier PriestProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
19 Feb 1917 Should a Woman Forgive?Professional
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Performed by Will Casey and company.
26 Feb 1917 His Mother's RosaryProfessional
9 Apr 1917 The Spirit of the EmpireProfessional
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Performed for one week.
16 Apr 1917 Honour the Man You WedProfessional
7 May 1917 The Fishermaid of Old St MaloProfessional
16 Jul 1917 A Mother's PrayerProfessional
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[The play] 'had its name changed in the course of the spring to the more stirringly topical title of "The Middy V.C. Comes Home," under which style it is being played, twice nightly, and the Elephant this week. Originally presented in four acts, of eight scenes, it is now given in five scenes ...' ('The Stage', 19 July 1917, p. 14)
1 Oct 1917 The Cottage GirlProfessional
15 Oct 1917 Girl MotherProfessional
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Brought out in the provinces but a few weeks ago, Eva Elwes's latest drama "The Girl Mother", has reached the Elephant and Castle, where it is being played with the vigorous effect required by the company organised by Mr. T. Edward Ward, the general manager and producer, and the versatile and easily-writing authoress. ('The Stage', 18 October 1917, p. 17)
11 Feb 1918 The ProfiteerUnknown
18 Feb 1918 Roll Of HonourProfessional
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First performance on Lord Chamberlain's copy
18 Feb 1918 Roll Of HonourUnknown
1 Apr 1918 When The Joy Bells Are RingingUnknown
8 Apr 1918 When The Joy Bells Are RingingProfessional
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The play was staged here between 8 and 13 April 1918. The cast were: Alfred D. Adams (actor and general manager for Mr. Glaze), Henry Elliott (actor), Betty Seymour (actress), C. V. Artoni (actor), Fred T. Carroll (actor), Mr. George Harton (actor), Louise Adams (actress), George Wallace (actor), E. Nixon (actor), C. Gormley (actor). A review in 'The Stage' (18 April 1918) noted: 'the attractive and really significant title of 'When the Joy Bells Are Ringing',[...] Mr. Rean has chosen a war theme, worked out by means of a temporarily successful attempt at personation, with the exchange of papers, identification-discs, and so on. Enlisting as a private after having been disowned by his father, a bigoted and bullying old Tory Squire, named Wildmarsh, the hero, Sidney Wildmarsh, is thought to have been killed “somewhere in the trenches”, and his identity is assumed by his double, Ned Henderson, a jewel-thief and bank-forger, who, with his Pistol-like associate, known as the Major, had taken refuge in the same regiment, so it happens, after their escape from the detectives on the night of a Zeppelin raid. The bogus Sidney is, however, denounced as an impostor by the real hero’s wife, Myrtle, niece of the village Pastor, the Rev. Thomas Probyn, the girl, just then having been called before the congregation to declare who was the father of her unborn child, having promised young Wildmarsh not to reveal their secret marriage without his consent. So, her protestations as to the personation not being heeded, she and her uncle are hounded out of the village of Staplemoor, mainly owing to the machinations of Eli Hagson, a deacon of the chapel and a hypocritical grocer, afterwards charged with profiteering, and finally arrested for complicity in a case of cheque-forging, of which the sham Sydney made his supposed father the victim. Hence Henderson and his accomplice the Major, the latter caught red-handed after burgling the Squire’s safe, are nabbed on the Terrace of Staplemoor Hall (one of several good sets used for the production) as the joy bells are ringing for the granting of a commission to the Squire’s son. Meanwhile, the real Sydney, dressed in hospital blue, and supposed to be suffering from shell-shock, meets with his wife, whom he acknowledges (whereas the impostor had averred, truthfully as it happens, that she was not his wife), and a family group of husband, wife, baby, and grandsire, is seen on the Terrace, whilst the bells of the title are still pealing merrily. In the part of the red-nosed Major Mr. Alfred D. Adams, the general manager for Mr. Glaze, gave a clever and diverting character performance, a skilful piece of doubling being that effected by Mr. Henry Elliott as Sydney and his shadow. Miss Betty Seymour was an earnest and pathetic Myrtle especially good in the scenes of partial confession, after the manner of The Scarlet Letter, and a good, sound, vigorous impersonation of the much-troubled Pastor was that presented by Mr. C. V. Artoni. Mr. Fred T. Carroll duly made “the gruel thick and slab(?)” as the insidiously malignant Hagson, and the light relief was supplied acceptably by Mr. George Harton, very bright as Jerry Goslin, one of the various soldiers seen in the piece, and by Miss Louise Adams, a buxom and amusing exponent of Sally Drake, whom he marries. Mr. George Wallace made a typical heavy father of the blustering old Squire, and other parts were filled by Mr. E. Nixon and Mr. C. Gormley’.
6 May 1918 The ProfiteerProfessional
10 Jun 1918 When Our Lads Come Marching HomeProfessional
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Performers: Frankie Hertie (actor), Roy Selfridge (actor), Wyndham Clare (actor), Ernest Lester (actor), Courtney Robinson (actor), Pat Quinn (actor), Arthur Crawley (actor), Percy Steven (actor), Florrie Hall (actress), Lilian Maitland (actress) Reviews: "First time in London" - review, The Era.
18 Nov 1918 His Wife’s Good NameProfessional
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Listed in 'Productions of the month' for November 1918. ('The Era', 8 January 1919, p. 19)
21 Jan 1919 The Queen and The KnaveProfessional
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Performed for the week by Emma Litchfield's company.
24 Mar 1919 Called UpProfessional
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Performed 24-29 March.
21 Apr 1919 Married on LeaveProfessional
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The Stage of Thursday 24 April 1919 listed “Married on Leave” as being performed that week at the Elephant and Castle, twice nightly with matinées on Monday and Wednesday.
2 Jun 1919 Love's Young DreamProfessional
14 Jul 1919 By Pigeon PostProfessional
30 May 1921 His Wife’s Good NameProfessional