Great War Theatre

Performances at this Theatre

N/A Monica's Blue-BoyUnknown
N/A The RiddleUnknown
N/A Coffee for TwoUnknown
N/A Paddly PoolsUnknown
2 Apr 1915 La FlambeeProfessional
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Cast included: M Dusquesne (Colonel Felt), Yvonne Mirval (Monique, his wife), M Van den Bosch (Glogau and the mayor), R Tourneur (wine merchant Comte), M Claude Berton (Marcel Beaucourt), Mlle Minne (Therese), Mlle Vara (Annette), Mlle Depernay (the Baron's wife)
17 Apr 1915 The JokerUnknown
1 Jun 1915 ArmageddonProfessional
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Performed until 12 June. All proceeds donated to the Wounded Allies' Relief Committee. Performed by Martin Harvey and Charles Glenney as the German villain. 'a crowded and enthusiastic audience. If Mr. Stephen Phillips failed to rise to the height his great argument, the applause and frequent calls seemed to ignore the fact. He has set himself stupendous task.' (Liverpool Daily Post, 3 June 1915) 'We are still of the opinion that he is the wise dramatist who makes no attempt to build a play upon this world-war. Sir James Barrie made effort in miniature in 'Der Tag' and failure was the result; Mr. Stephen Phillips has put his colours upon a larger canvas, but has not succeeded in giving the great play, destined some day, perhaps, to link the drama with the fields of Flanders. Both Sir James Barrie and Mr. Philips have realised that only by loftiness of theme and treatment is it possible to give expression to the thoughts and emotions that are sweeping across Europe. But the latest as in the earlier essay the theme is too great for expression, and only in transitory moments do we get a suggestion of that epic drama which the author has sought to unfold. It seems to us that Mr. Phillips has overweighted himself by the form in which he has cast his play, for while he gives us prologue in Hades, by no means lacking in dramatic strength, he carries us from the Shades to scenes contrast of banal melodrama. Mr. Phillips shows his mastery of the written word in this as in other of his and the address of Satan to Attila, Moloch, Beelzebub, and Belial not without its fine phrases. [...] . But while we applaud the author in his bigger moments, his treatment of what we can only describe as incidents and episodes the war itself add nothing to the vigour or dignity of his effort. The scene in French chateau overlooking Pdieims a bullying German officer, a brave Frenchman who dares to keep silence under brutal threats, a peasant girl, insulted who averts the worst with a pistol shot, and an asphyxiating bomb which “petrifies” the enemy, has little about it of epic. Nor can we applaud the succeeding episode," entitled An English Orchard,” where a mother and a lover learn of the death of a lad in the trenches. There is so much of the real poignancy bereavement that such cardboard emotions were offered last right jar upon the senses, and seem to be of the nature of theatrical impertinence. As for the satire on the German Press Bureau, it seemed to us but poor fooling, and it was not until we reach Cologne, where the victorious Allies tread at last the soil of Germany, that the author came anywhere near to that fine seriousness which is the only proper treatment for a vast and dreadful theme. Three commanders of the Allied forces discuss the fate of the great cathedral. France and Beltrium in burning words claim the reward that only a great revenge can give, and last night’s audience was moved by the pleadings of the French commander, admirably offered Sir. Edward Sass, and even more by the eloquence of the spokesman for ravished Belgium in the person of Mr. Fisher White. [...] The piay was well received. (Globe, Weds 2 June 1915)
8 Feb 1916 CarolineUnknown
25 Feb 1916 The Holy BondUnknown
5 Sep 1916 Her Husband's WifeUnknown
16 Mar 1917 A Bit of a LadProfessional
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‘A matinée is to take place at the New Theatre, on Friday, March 16, being St. Patrick's Eve, in aid of the Comforts Funds of the Royal Munster Fusiliers. The Duke and Duchess of Connaught and the Princess Patricia have promised their patronage. The programme will include … sketches performed by Mr. Charles Hawtrey and Miss Gladys Cooper, and by Mr. Gerald du Maurier and Miss Mabel Russell respectively’. The Sketch, Wednesday 14 March 1917. The sketch performed by Gerald du Maurier and Mabel Russell is likely to have been A Bit of a Lad which they were performing at other charity events in March-July 1917.
7 Apr 1917 Charwomen and the War or The Old Lady Shows Her MedalsProfessional
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Performed by G. H. Mulcaster (Private Dowie), Jean Cadell Mrs. Dowie), Claire Greet, Ivy Williams, Pollie Emery (charladies). Other pieces on the same bill were: 'Wurzle- Flummery' by A. A. Milne, and 'Seven Women' by J. M. Barrie, with Irene Vanburgh.
7 Apr 1917 Wurzel-FlummeryUnknown
18 May 1917 A Bit of a LadProfessional
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‘On behalf of the West London Training Ship, Stork, which is moored in the Thames, off The Mall, at Hammersmith, a successful special matinee was held on Friday afternoon [presumably 18 May 1917] at the New Theatre, St. Martin’s Lane, W.C. … The Stork has been lent by the Admiralty to the Kensington Branch of the Navy League for the purpose of training working lads for the sea … The matinee was largely attended, the audience including a number of wounded soldiers. Some well-known artistes gave their services … The piece “A Bit of a Lad,” by Mr. A. Neil Lyons, was admirably acted by Miss Mabel Russell, who took the part of “Hookey Walker,” and Mr. Gerald du Maurier who represented “The Lad.”’ West London Observer, Friday 25 May 1917.
6 Jul 1917 Libre BelgiqueUnknown
12 Jul 1917 A Bit of a LadProfessional
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‘A most enjoyable afternoon was provided on Thursday [12 July 1917] at the New Theatre, in aid of hostels for limbless sailors and soldiers by the Eccentric Club … It was announced that the matinée would produce no less than £1,000 - the fund has in all raised some £10,000 … In “A Bit of a Lad” the toffish private and the frank, well-meaning shopgirl were delightfully impersonated by Mr. Gerald du Maurier and Miss Mabel Russell’. The Era, 18 July 1917. ‘To the considerable fund that the Eccentric Club is accumulating for its hostels for soldiers and sailors who have lost limbs in the war another £1,000 or so was added by means of the matinée given at ]the New Theatre] on Friday. An attractive programme drew together a large audience, undeterred by guinea stalls and half-guinea circle seats … A. Neil Lyons’s “A Bit of a Lad,” [was] once more most happily played by Mr. Gerald du Maurier as the lad and Miss Mabel as the cockney girl’. The Stage, 19 July 1917.
13 Jul 1917 Libre BelgiqueProfessional
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'At the New Theatre next Friday a matinee will be held in aid of the Royal Naval and Marine Orphanage Home and the British Club for Belgian Soldiers. This will be the only occasion on which will be performed Libre Belgique a play by the Belgian actor-dramatist, Mr. Charles Montbars. Five of the most famous Raemaeker war cartoons will he arranged as tableaux vivants by Lady Diana Manners, who will figure these, together with Lady Gwendoline Churchill, Lady Drogheda, and the Hon. Mrs. H. Nicholson, Mrs. John Lavery, Mrs. Aubrey Herbert, and little Lord Eleho (Globe, Monday 2 July 1917)
12 Jun 1918 The Loving HeartUnknown
12 Jul 1919 The Luck Of The NavyProfessional
18 Dec 1933 A Kiss For CinderellaProfessional
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The Times, Monday 18 December 1933, announced that the Queen would that day attend a matinée performance of A Kiss for Cinderella at the New Theatre in aid of the Winter Distress League. The Scotsman and several other newspapers, 19 December 1933, reported the occasion.
15 Jan 1934 A Kiss For CinderellaProfessional
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The Times, 2 January 1934, advertised a special matinée performance of A Kiss for Cinderella in aid of the Winter Distress League at the New Theatre on Monday 15 January. Also The Bystander, 10 January 1934.
5 Mar 1934 A Kiss For CinderellaProfessional
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The Times, 28 February 1934, announced that a Star matinée performance of A Kiss for Cinderella would take place at the New Theatre on Monday 5 March in aid of the Winter Distress League.