Great War Theatre

Performances at this Theatre

N/A RationsUnknown
27 Sep 1915 So Long LucyUnknown
20 Dec 1915 Advertising Brings ResultsUnknown
3 Apr 1916 The FrenchwomanProfessional
15 May 1916 Money For NothingProfessional
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Performed from 15 to 20 May 1916 by Herbert Robinson (music), Nellie Turner (actress), Florence Smithers (actress), Billy Berhardt (comedian), Phil Lester (pantomime artiste), Jimmy Hooper, Andy Clark, Iris Belshaw, and Annie Hill's octette of dancers.
25 Sep 1916 For Those In PerilProfessional
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Performed by Miss Beaumont Collins.
16 Jul 1917 Jack Ashore by The Jutland BoysOther
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Presented by Florence Smithson. 'Apart from the fact that here we have in being an octette of brave heroes who have done their bit in one of the hottest naval battles of recent times, the Jutland boys will give an entertainment in songs, music, and fun that will be pleasing to all' (Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal, 13 July 1917)
15 Oct 1917 His Mother's RosaryProfessional
3 Dec 1917 In the TrenchesProfessional
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Performed for the week by cast including Harry Buss: 'Topping this gigantic bill is the inimitable comedian Harry Buss in a screaming absurdity...From the information we have of visits in other towns this sketch is a real rib-tickler...the six characters are played by artistes who have either served in his Majesty's forces or are over military age' (Derbyshire Advertiser, 30 November 1917) 'All these artistes have either served in His Majesty's forces or are over age...Although the sketch is very amusing, there are one or two pathetic incidents which go to show the real good feeling which our British Tommy has for his pals..' (Derbyshire Advertiser, 7 December 1917) On the same bill were: Alice Craven (Lancashire dialect comedy songs), Clown Barker and his wonderful midget circus (including two midget ponies, one 29.5 inches high, eight clown dogs and comedian cat), James Stewart (tramp entertainer at the piano), The Jees (sensational wire act), Walter Wade (the Yorkshire "Scot", Gaetano Ollams with his famous concertina.
18 Feb 1918 Flying ColoursProfessional
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‘A Bairnsfather sketch is the principal item in the programme at the Hippodrome this week, and is full of the most characteristic touches that have made this great war humorist famous. It had an exceptionally successful run at the London Hippodrome. Entitled “The Johnson ‘Ole,” it introduces several familiar characters, and notably Old Bill, whom Capt. Bairnsfather has created as a type of soldier with a fund of dry humour that we have come to know and appreciate so well. The scene is a trench in the firing line, and most of the incidents are such as might reasonably happen, whilst the jokes are all fresh and hearty, treating the dangers of the situation in that happy and careless fashion so characteristic of the British Tommy. The crowning incident is Old Bill’s adventure his search of a German sniper, and he returns with nothing better than a dummy. The principal part is admirably played by Mr. Harry Thurston, who has the real Bairnsfather vein of fun, and whose make-up is true to the well-known cartoons. He is supported by a thoroughly capable company’. Derby Daily Telegraph, 19 February 1918. ‘A capital programme was presented at the Hippodrome on Monday, when there were two bumper houses. The top of the hill was occupied by London’s greatest laughter-maker, namely Capt. Bruce Bairnsfather’s episode of trench humour, entitled “The Johnson ‘Ole,” featuring Harry Thurston as “Old Bill the Walrus.” The sketch, which is by Capt. Bairnsfather and E. [sic] Macdonald Hastings, has been successfully produced at the London Hippodrome. The piece is amusing all through, but particularly so in that part where old Bill receives a letter from his old woman describing the new baby. The scene is typical of life at the front, and a capital idea is given of a dugout’. Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal, 22 and 23 February 1918.
31 Mar 1919 The Rhondda Miner’s OctetteProfessional
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Performance billed as 'The Eight Rhondda Miners'. Performance at 6.30 and 8.30pm. Other acts on the same bill were: Mafuziang Manhue Troupe (Chinese), Sammy Shields (speakable Scot), Herbert Winter and Bunny (Burlesque), Carr Lynn (animal imitator), De Alma (Banjo)
5 May 1919 Seven Days LeaveProfessional