Great War Theatre

Performances at this Theatre

DateScriptType
N/A My Old DutchUnknown
30 Nov 1914 The Little Grey Home In The WestProfessional
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Advertised as 'the Great Naval Play...special sensational and realistic effects, including the terrible submarine' Special prices given for all non-commissioned officers and men of His Majesty's Forces in uniform. (Hastings and St Leonards Observer, 28 November 1914). 'We hardly know whether it should be described as melodrama or comedy, so we have adopted the comprehensive title, melodramatic-comedy, which seems to fit the case' (Hastings and St Leonards Observer, 5 December 1914)
29 Mar 1915 The Thousand Pound Revue "S'Nice"Unknown
6 Dec 1915 Poor Little Mockey [Sic] [Poor Little Mookey]Unknown
3 Apr 1916 The Mystery of John WakeUnknown
24 Aug 1916 The Girl from CircusUnknown
11 Dec 1916 Jack Ashore by The Jutland BoysOther
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'Ten Naval men disabled and invalided out of the Navy have styled themselves "The Jutland Boys," and they will appear in a great scena next week at the Gaiety in conjunction with Miss Victoria Monks. This special engagement has been made at the last moment, and is in addition to the artistes already announced' (Hastings and St Leonards Observer, 9 December 1916). '"The Jutland Boys" are simply "great". We are sure Miss Monks will pardon us for saying these"Boys" deserve to be "starred" ...Their entertainment is one of the best we have ever seen. There is a freshness about it which captivates the audience at the start and holds it all through. Anybody who can see these"Boys" and not be moved to admiration must be without a heart...The show by these "Boys" is a tonic which we advise readers to take, and as many doses as can be got in during the week' (Hastings and St Leonards Observer 16 December 1916)
11 Jun 1917 The Soldier PriestProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co. Reviews: "enthusiastically received, and the applause testified to the audience's appreciation", Hastings and St Leonards Observer
6 Aug 1917 Inside the LinesProfessional
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First 3 days of the week.
16 Aug 1917 London Pride: A Film Without A FlickerProfessional
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Performed during the latter half of the week. Described as 'True to life from beginning to end, with the greatest attention to detail, there were both tears and riotous laughter in this piece which is so full of humanity and character'.
7 Mar 1918 JulyannProfessional
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Performed by Moya Mannering (actress), H. V. Esmond (actor).
27 May 1918 Inside the LinesProfessional
16 Sep 1918 By Pigeon PostProfessional
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Performed 16-18 September 1918. William Home (actor), John McNally (actor), Garrett Hollick (actor), Helen Green (actress), Gladys Spencer (actress), Arthur Murray (actor). 'A play of the moment, 'By Pigeon Post' was played to the utmost capacity of the Gaiety Theatre at every performance of the week...The story proved exceptionally thrilling...The introduction of a number of perfectly trained carrier pigeons in a large aviary was a pleasing novelty, as also were the lady doctor and motorist who played a leading part in this brilliant piece. A spy play always makes its appeal, but perhaps none has met with greater success than 'By Pigeon Post.'...The piece was received with great enthusiasm.' (Hastings And St. Leonards Observer, 21 September 1918)
11 Nov 1918 The Yellow CockadeUnknown
3 Feb 1919 The Luck Of The NavyProfessional
27 Oct 1919 By Pigeon PostProfessional
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Performed by Arthur Hardy (producer), Gilbert Heron (actor), Baliol Holloway (actor), Florence Helm (actress), Herbert Vyvyan (actor). 'The play has a good story, the action is rapid and direct, the tension is steadily maintained...an exciting play and one of the most ingenious that has been produced. It helps us to realise something of the intricate nature of the machinery by means of which the great war game has been carried on' (Hastings and St Leonards Observer, 1 November 1919).
10 Nov 1919 Seven Days LeaveProfessional
23 Feb 1920 The Luck Of The NavyProfessional
13 Jan 1930 Seven Days LeaveProfessional
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Performed for the week with matinee Saturday at 2.30.
17 Mar 1930 The Luck Of The NavyProfessional