Great War Theatre

Performances at this Theatre

Date Script Type
10 May 1915 The Frenchwoman Professional
13 Mar 1916 Eyes Right!! Unknown
30 Mar 1916 Du Théâtre au Champ D'Honneur Professional
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Performed by Sarah Bernhardt. The Nottingham Evening Post noted that Bernhardt had always been a woman of the theatre and had long refused to play 'the halls [but] the hinterland which divides theatre and hall is much narrowed in these days of constant exchange between the two branches of entertainment, and artists of the highest standing frequently fulfil variety engagements.' (30 March 1916)
4 Dec 1916 The Frenchwoman Professional
23 Apr 1917 Three Cheers Professional
23 Jul 1917 Joyland Professional
7 Jan 1918 Nosey Knows Professional
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Performed this week by George Hestor (actor), Dorothy Frostick (actress), Ethel Arden (actress), Joan Hestor (actress), Marie Ellie (sic - Ellis) (actress), Norman Carn (actor), Jack Mann (actor), Nat Lewis (actor). Also Fred Karno (co-writer), George Hughes (co-writer), John Gerant (co-writer). ‘Patrons of the Empire will have the pleasure next week of witnessing another Karno creation, and appetites will be whetted accordingly. Nosey Knows is Fred’s significant labelling of his latest effort, which he insists is not a revue but a “farcical musical sketch” … Karno and his collaborators, George Hughes and John Gerant, have managed to crowd in more than a sufficiency of the business that really matters, whilst at the same time resolutely refusing to make the plot a non-essential’. (Nottingham Journal, 5 January 1918)
27 Jan 1918 Phew!!! Unknown
11 Mar 1918 Ocean Waves Professional
8 Apr 1918 Jack in the Box Unknown
29 Jul 1918 Ocean Waves Professional
12 Aug 1918 Rations Professional
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‘A topical revue entitled “Rations” - one of Fred Karno’s productions - holds pride of place on the Empire bill this week, and last evening made a big hit with the two large audiences. As the title denotes, the piece is an extravaganza based on the many rationing orders issued, and as such it is exceptionally clever burlesque. Robb Wilton, one of the best comedians ever associated with the Karno name, carries the success of the piece on his shoulders. He is the drollest of the droll, and never fails to keep his audience hard at work with their risible faculties. As the controller of “lip manipulation” he is screamingly funny, whilst in the role of war-time butcher he gets home with many witty and topical thrusts. Musically the revue depends on Miss Winnie Collins, a charming principal whose singing and dancing is one long delight’. Nottingham Journal, 13 August 1918.
26 Aug 1918 Three Cheers Professional
11 Nov 1918 Ocean Waves Professional
25 Nov 1918 Airs And Graces Professional
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The performance was described as "Bright in every scene, and endowed with all the best elements of song, dance and comedy" (Nottingham Evening Post, 26 November 1918)
28 Apr 1919 Hotch Potch Professional
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Performer: Fred Kitchen