Great War Theatre

Address: Leicester, UK

Performances at this Theatre

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13 Sep 1915 The New WordProfessional
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‘Leicester Palace. What a wizard of the drama is Sir J. M. Barrie! How well he knows the ventages of human emotion, and how artfully he call manipulate them! In “The New Word,” the star item in next week’s Palace Bill, he blends the tear and the laugh so cunningly, that one is unable to name with precision from one moment to another the feeling which is moving one. This playlet is a homily on one of our national weaknesses - our dislike of displaying in the slightest degree, even in our homes before our own folk, our affections. In “The New Word” we are introduced into a home where the son has donned khaki to the demonstrative pride and joy of the women folk, paterfamilias concealing his satisfaction as becomes a true, stolid Briton. But in heart-to-heart talk with his boy the old gentleman unbends, and the son’s British buckram is not proof against the father’s newfound cordiality. The new word is “Second-Lieutenant.” Helen Haye, O. B. Clarence, Geoffrey Wilmer, and Ethel Wellesley are the actors concerned’. Melton Mowbray Mercury and Oakham and Uppingham News, Thursday 16 September 1915. ‘Miss Helen Haye, Miss [sic!] O. B. Clarence, and company appear here [the Palace, Leicester] in “The New Word”, and are received with approval’. The Stage, 23 September 1915.
27 May 1918 Flying ColoursProfessional
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‘Once again the programme presented at the Leicester Palace Theatre is of the best, and patrons are assured of a splendid evening’s entertainment, with laughter the dominating note. The star turn is a very funny trench episode, “The Johnson ‘ole,” by Capt. Bruce Bairnsfather and B. Macdonald Hastings, in which Mr. Harry Thurston appears in his original character of “Old Bill.” Whatever else may be said about this sketch it is a mirth provoker of the first water, and the audience is almost helpless with laughter during the reading of a letter from “Old Bill’s” wife, while Bill’s comments on things in general, and his “advice” to his pals are highly amusing although perhaps more expressive than polite’. Leicester Journal, Friday 31 May 1918.