Great War Theatre

Address: Chiswick, London, UK

Performances at this Theatre

DateScriptType
N/A A Daylight RobberyUnknown
30 Nov 1914 Oh! That HatUnknown
12 May 1915 The New MoonUnknown
25 Oct 1915 The Lady in BlackUnknown
29 Nov 1915 The New WordProfessional
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The West London Observer, Friday 26 November 1915, advertised Helen Haye and O. B. Clarence in “The New Word” at the Chiswick Empire from Monday 29 November.
27 Mar 1916 Ladies FirstProfessional
31 Jul 1916 In the TrenchesProfessional
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Messrs Geo. Grossmith and Edward Laurillard presented Roberts and Company for the week. Company included: Leslie Henson (actor), Ralph Roberts (writer), Miss Marjory Kennard (singer), Jean Nougues or Nouques (music by), Donovan Parsons (lyric writer). 'The piece is an excerpt from an entertainment given at a recent charity performance in town...has several amusing features, but there are one or two incongruities...The first scene is unnecessary...the piece...somewhat handicapped by the inclusion of a feminine character, a nurse (who, by the way, wears velvet shoes and openwork stockings for field work...It would be better...to rely upon the second scene and cut out the first with its frankly absurd love duet and dance between a French soldier and a nurse. Surely they don't do these things on the battlefield in France' (Stage 3 August 1916)
14 Aug 1916 Hip! Hip! Hooray!Unknown
11 Sep 1916 The Great Redding Street BurglaryProfessional
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Advertised as the 'last two performances' of the play (West London Observer, 15 September 1916)
23 Oct 1916 Something SimpleUnknown
22 Nov 1916 My Superior OfficerProfessional
26 Nov 1916 My Superior OfficerProfessional
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This was the first performance of the play on any stage. 'It is eminently fitting that the question of economy, now so prominent, should presented to the public on the stage. Many will thus be reached, and it is to be hoped impressed, who may be deaf to other appeals. The thing has indeed already been done. But last week a new sketch dealing with the topic was running at the Chiswick Empire. Its title “My Superior Officer,” and its author Mr. Michael Morton. It presents wounded but convalescent soldier, home from the front, earnestly exhorting his own family to add economy and war saving —i.e., tho purchase of War Savings Certificates to all that they have already done in munition work and in other ways. The play is essentially word in season.' (Era, 29 November 1916)
9 Apr 1917 Smith VCProfessional
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Performed by Edith Carter & Company. Performing in the same bill were: Miss Marie Lloyd, Fred Barnes Brilliant Light Comedy Star, The Quaint Q's International Quartette, Frank Maura Mexican Foot Juggler, Mullaney Bros Australian Comedians, Leona & Vince Dancers, Neil Gow Scottish Comedian, Newsreel, Julien Henry & Co Musical Interlude.
7 May 1917 The Bing Boys Are HereProfessional
19 Jun 1917 A Pageant of Fair WomenOther
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An excerpt from the piece was performed as part Madame Clara Butt's matinee in aid fo the War Seal Foundation at 2.30. (Globe, 16 June 1917)
2 Jul 1917 In the TrenchesProfessional
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Performed for the week: 'In the opening scene a wounded French officer makes love to a Red Cross Nurse. The Frenchman is very emotional and his love-making is intensely funny' (West London Observer, 29 June 1917)
3 Jul 1917 A Pageant of Fair WomenOther
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An excerpt entitled 'The Women's Tribute' was given as part of Clara Butt's matinee for the Day Servants' Hostel, Danvers St, Chelsea at the Chiswick Empire by permission of Oswald Stoll.
6 Aug 1917 Opkins On FatigueProfessional
18 Mar 1918 In the TrenchesProfessional
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Performed for the week by cast including Harry Buss. Others on the same bill: C. H. Chirgwin (the White Eyed Kaffir), Nellie Wallace (character comedienne), Daisy James (the popular comedienne), Wynne Hulme (contralto), Douglas Ascot, Hamamura family (an unequalled combination of Japanese Artistes), Latest Official War News by War Office Topical Budget.
2 Sep 1918 Flying ColoursProfessional
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‘“Old Bill” and his companions are to appear at Chiswick Empire next week in the trench episode, “The Johnson ‘Ole,” the joint production of Capt. Brace Bairnsfather and B. Macdonald Hastings. It is an amusing sketch, and Mr. Harry Thurston, the London Hippodrome comedian, who impersonates “Old Bill,” explains that it is absolutely true to life, for every incident in it has happened on the Western front’. Acton Gazette, Friday 30 August 1918. ‘“Old Bill” and his companions are to appear [at the Chiswick Empire] in the trench episode, “The. Johnson ‘Ole,” the joint product of Capt. Bruce Bairnsfather and B. Macdonald Hastings. Life in the trenches is not the kind of life you would expect in a drawing room or your best parlour. Mr. Harry Thurston, the London Hippodrome comedian, who impersonates “Old Bill,” explains that “The Johnson ‘Ole” is absolutely true to life, for every incident in it has happened on the Western Front’. Harrow Observer, Friday 30 August 1918. Similarly the West London Observer of the same date, and the Middlesex County Times and the Ealing Gazette and West Middlesex Observer of Saturday 31 August 1918. The Acton Gazette of Friday 6 September 1918 advertised for Saturday 7 September the last two performances of ‘The Johnson ‘Ole’.
14 Apr 1919 Jolly TimesProfessional
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‘By arrangement with Mr. Harry Day, the new musical burlesque, “Jolly Times,” will be presented as next week’s attraction at the Chiswick Empire. That quaint humorist, Jos. Alexandre, is principal comedian. He will be remembered best as the irrepressible senior partner of Alexandre and Hughes … For “Jolly Times,” Max Darewski has composed the music, and the dances are by Millie Edgar. Quite a big bunch of pretty principals appear in this production, which is in seven scenes, and they include Madge Merle, Adrian Burgon, Dorothy Vernon, Florence Williams, and Charles Lind-Vivian. There is a male chorus of discharged soldiers’. Marcelle Molray, the Belgian operatic soprano, was also on the bill (Acton Gazette, 11 April 1919). Advertised as ‘the second edition of the big production Jolly Times’ in the West London Observer, 11 April 1919. Advertised as the ‘second edition’, with ‘book by H. G. Goring’, in the Middlesex County Times, 12 April 1919.