Great War Theatre

Performances at this Theatre

Date Script Type
25 Jan 1915 Passing Events Professional
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Performed for the week, cast including Kitty Colyner, and R. H. Douglass. Performances twice nightly 6.45 and 9pm with a matinee Saturday 2.30.
5 Jul 1915 The Frenchwoman Professional
8 Nov 1915 Passing Events Professional
3 Apr 1916 Fads and Fancies Unknown
26 Jun 1916 Wullie Professional
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This is notable as the play is not listed bottom of the bill as it had been previously. Others in the same bill included: Mark Sheridan-One of the B'hoys in new songs, Les Trombettes, Sophie Forrest, Maggie Benson, Thorpe & Co, Bioscope, Arthur Lennard, The Keystone Cyclists (see 'Newcastle Daily Journal', 26 June 1916)
7 May 1917 The Frenchwoman Professional
21 May 1917 Follow the Flag Professional
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Two performances nightly. Tues. wed. and Saturday at 1.30. Gigantic national revue Powerful cast including Walter Passmore. (Newecastle Daily Chronicle - Monday 21 May 1917)
4 Jun 1917 Three Cheers Professional
3 Dec 1917 Nosey Knows Professional
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Performed for the week by George Hestor (actor), Winnie Collins (actress), Ethel Arden (actress), D. Frostick (actress), Nat Lewis (actor).
17 Dec 1917 Airs And Graces Professional
11 Mar 1918 Hotch Potch Professional
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Performers:Fred Kitchen, Nora Delany
15 Apr 1918 Ocean Waves Professional
29 Apr 1918 Rations Professional
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‘“Rations” is the latest Karno production at the Empire, and is a revue which deals with a topical subject. There is ample scope for fun, and it is dished up with a liberal hand. The incidents in the Tank Day scene are the most humorous of all. Bobb [sic] Wilton is chief fun-dispenser, and he is most successful in that line. The principal female part is entrusted to Miss Winnie Collins, a clever young serio-comedienne' (Newcastle Journal, 30 April 1918). ‘One of the most laughable performances in the realm of topical nonsense is to be seen at the Empire Theatre, Newcastle, this week. It is a Fred Karno production, bearing the significant title, “Rations.” The name gives the clue to the fun, a fact which in itself is rather out of the common. There is no elaborate scenery, and no picturesque opulence in dress, but in lieu of these conventional garnishings there is an abundance of fun. The travesties on rationing are smart, and the dialogue is crisp and full of humour. Robb Wilton is the mirth-maker, and he keeps the audience in hilarious mood with a talent that bespeaks the real comedian. Winnie Collins, a lively artist with a very attractive presence, pleases greatly by her songs and dances' (Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 30 April 1918).
22 Jul 1918 Three Cheers Professional
19 Aug 1918 Hotch Potch Professional
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Performers: Fred Kitchen
23 Dec 1918 Cinderella Unknown
13 Jan 1919 Ocean Waves Professional
10 Feb 1919 Flying Colours Professional
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‘After a run of pantomime and revue, a variety programme is presented this week at the Empire Theatre, Newcastle. There is a fresh introduction to “Old Bill” of “The Better ‘Ole” fame in a one-act sketch entitled “The Johnson ‘Ole”; but the audience did not seem to respond to the humour of it as they did to the earlier production in war time by Capt. Bruce Bairnsfather. Most people wish to forget the war, and so they are not easily interested now by trench episodes on the stage. Mr. Harry Thurston plays his original part of Old Bill’. Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 11 February 1919.