Great War Theatre

Performances at this Theatre

26 Jul 1915 Joy - Sister of MercyProfessional
8 Nov 1915 Joy - Sister of MercyProfessional
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Played here for 3 weeks
29 Nov 1915 The Little Grey Home In The WestProfessional
7 Feb 1916 His Mother's RosaryProfessional
29 May 1916 John Raymond's Daughter or A Soldier's Love ChildProfessional
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'It is a strong and intensely dramatic "problem" story, from which a good moral can be drawn, and riveted the attention of the audience throughout. The company is a very capable one. The plot is unfolded in seven scenes.' ('Portsmouth Evening News', 30 May 1916, p. 4)
16 Oct 1916 Mother’s Sailor BoyProfessional
30 Oct 1916 Heaven at The HelmProfessional
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Performed by Messrs Jazon and Montgomery Company
5 Dec 1916 The Sunshine of Paradise AlleyProfessional
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Drama with plenty of comedy (Portsmouth Evening News, 5 December 1916, p.4)
22 Dec 1916 The Light that Leads Me HomeUnknown
19 Mar 1917 His Mother's RosaryProfessional
26 Mar 1917 The Soldier PriestProfessional
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Performers: Matthew H Glenville and Co.
20 Nov 1917 The Fishermaid of Old St MaloProfessional
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Twice nightly
22 Apr 1918 John Raymond's Daughter or A Soldier's Love ChildProfessional
29 Apr 1918 Honour the Man You WedProfessional
10 Jun 1918 The ProfiteerProfessional
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Reported as 'next week' in the 'Hampshire Telegraph' on Friday 7 June 1918.
17 Jun 1918 When The Joy Bells Are RingingProfessional
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Performed here between 17 and 22 June.
17 Jun 1918 Married on LeaveProfessional
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This performance (theatre and start date) is included in a list of previous performances of “Married on Leave” in The Stage of Thursday 1 August 1918. The Hampshire Telegraph of Friday 14 June 1918 carried an advertisement for the Prince’s Theatre, Portsmouth announcing that the following week Lew Lake would present “Married on Leave” by Dorothy Mullord. The newspaper also reported, ‘Patrons of the Prince’s Theatre will find something eminently suited to their tastes in Dorothy Mullard and Company s latest success, “Married on Leave”. Mr. Royce Carleton plays the part of Captain Philip Marlowe, and Dorothy Mullard that of Mary Graham. The drama is produced by Mr. W. J. Mackay’. The Hampshire Telegraph of Friday 21 June 1918 carried an advertisement for the Prince’s Theatre, Portsmouth announcing that that week Lew Lake was presenting ‘Dorothy Mullord & Co. in her latest success “Married on Leave” by Dorothy Mullord’.
12 Aug 1918 Girl MotherProfessional
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The nation, in face of the daily waste of human life, has been forced to reconsider the question of the girl mother and her child. ('Hampshire Telegraph', 9 August 1918, p. 2)
30 Sep 1918 The Sunshine of Paradise AlleyProfessional
6 Jan 1919 Our Lost LassProfessional
3 Mar 1919 Billy's MotherProfessional
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Twice nightly ('Hampshire Telegraph', 7 March 1919, p. 1)
21 Jul 1919 Joy - Sister of MercyProfessional
22 Sep 1919 Called UpProfessional
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Performed for the week.
27 Mar 1920 The Female HunProfessional
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This week. Twice nightly 6.15, & 8.30. Consequence of its great success, The Female Hun will remain one week longer (Good Friday excepted.) (Portsmouth Evening News, Saturday 27 March, 1920).
29 Apr 1920 Called UpProfessional
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Performed on Friday 29 and Saturday 30th April.
2 Oct 1920 John Raymond's Daughter or A Soldier's Love ChildProfessional
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W.H. Glaze Repertory Company. The piece for tonight is "John Raymond's Daughter," and "The Girl who Didn't Care" will be staged on Saturday. ('Hampshire Telegraph', 1 October 1920, p. 2)
16 Oct 1920 Called UpProfessional
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Performed on 16 October only by E. Vivian Edmonds' company: ‘Four separate dramas will be presented at the Prince's Theatre during next week by E. Vivian Edmond’s [sic] company. The week will open with The Third Man, to be played on Monday and Tuesday, followed on the next two days with The Daughter of a Thief, and on Friday and Saturday with Maid of the Mill and Coming Home respectively’ (Hampshire Telegraph, 8 October 1920)
30 Oct 1922 The Sunshine of Paradise AlleyProfessional
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Performed by the Prince's Popular Stock Company in the 97th week of their stay ('Portsmouth Evening News', 28 October 1922, p.4)
5 May 1924 For England, Home and Beauty or Comrades in ArmsProfessional
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‘Next week, Monday, May 5th, and during the week. Twice nightly, 6.30 and 8.45. Andrew Melville presents The Great Princes Theatre, London, Military Play “For England, Home, and Beauty”. Written by Andrew Emm. Full Company of Talented Artistes, including Walter Hilliard as Capt. Leyton, Rose Ralph as Lucy Rayne, *Frank E. Petley as Richard Elton, Andrew Emm as Teddy Bush, and numerous others’. Portsmouth Evening News, 29 April 1924. [* An advertisement in the Portsmouth Evening News, 5 May 1924 for the play, billed as a ‘true-to-life melodrama’, says that Frank E. Petley will play Maurice Latimer and that the play has ten scenes.] ‘Andrew Melville will present the great Prince’s Theatre, London, success, “For England, Home and Beauty” at the Prince’s Theatre, Lake Road. next week. One of the many exciting scenes shows an attack by Germans on a British hospital in the absence of the military. There is also the great wireless scene where Captain Leyton, seriously wounded, endeavours to send a message through on German instruments’. Hampshire Telegraph, 2 May 1924. ‘The undoubted merit of Andrew Melville’s London company, which is appearing at the Prince’s Theatre, has been realised, if the crowds attending are any criterion. This talented group of artists excelled previous efforts in “For England, Home, and Beauty,” which is being presented this week, and interest is sustained throughout. The appearance of each artist was greeted with applause, particularly when Frank E. Petley commenced his part of villain, and Andrew Emm was as funny as ever, and to such extent did he provoke laughter that when he became serious there was no checking the hilarity of the audience. Rose Ralph was equally successful in the role of a wronged woman’. Portsmouth Evening News, 6 May 1924.