Great War Theatre

Address: Falkirk, UK

Performances at this Theatre

4 Sep 1916 The Love ChildProfessional
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‘The test of a play is its power to keep the audience interested all through its presentation, and that quality is contained in the play “Neither Wife - Nor Maid,” which is the main constituent of the programme submitted at the Falkirk Grand Theatre this week. The story is interesting, and it deals with strong human emotions, which chiefly centre in the character of Meg Huxter, the “woman who pays.” The exacting part is admirably interpreted by Miss Ada Abbott, who shows much power, made all the more telling by restraint. The emotions and character of the sorely-tried woman are brought out with sympathy and skill. The other leading part, that of the rough-diamond “Curly Saunders’” is in the thoroughly capable hands of Mr John Johnson. The character is a likeable one in itself, and Mr Johnson brings this out to the best possible advantage. He introduces a novel interlude, in which he is ably assisted by the subject of his song, “He’s My Pal” - a clever dog. Altogether the play, the title of which indicates the main foundation of the plot, possesses in large measure the elements of success; it has a strong appeal, it has a topical application, and is capably presented. Variety is given to the entertainment in acceptable form by the cinema. “The Home Breakers,” a Keystone production, commands laughter throughout its two parts, and, in the particular Keystone vein, the humour is very enjoyable. Topical events are shown in the Gaumont Graphic, which, as usual, is an attractive feature'. Falkirk Herald, Saturday 9 September 1916.
29 Jan 1917 The Man Who Stayed At HomeProfessional
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The Era, 24 and 31 January 1917, listed The Man Who Stayed at Home (Blue) as On The Road from 29 January at the Grand, Falkirk. Also The Stage, 25 January 1917. ‘That the famous spy play, “The Man Who Stayed At Home,” should be received at the Grand with every mark of enthusiasm and appreciation is only to be expected. It is unique in its topical interest, based as it is upon stern realities, and having as its theme a subject which has been, and still is, if perhaps now in lesser degree, a serious one for this country. That special interest and the entertaining way in which the thrilling incidents and grim purposes of the play are focussed against a light and subtle humour combine to make “The Man Who Stayed At Home” a production which cannot fail to merit the highest public favour ... Superficially, humour is the outstanding feature, and laughter goes with a ripple from start to finish. Attractive in itself, this serves to bring the serious element into sharper contrast, and intensifies the interest. The story puts into an amusing setting the spy problem with which this country has had to grapple since the outbreak of the war. The play has a purpose in showing that the (apparently) innocent Teuton who runs a boarding-house, and who has become naturalised, may prove a very deadly foe ' (Falkirk Herald, 3 February 1917).
26 Mar 1917 Mother’s Sailor BoyProfessional
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Performers: Dot Stephens Company Other acts on bill: Shall They Marry
24 Dec 1917 The Forty ThievesUnknown
7 Jan 1918 His Mother's RosaryProfessional
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'The power to appeal to the emotions, to hold the interest and to entertain is possessed in full measure' (Falkirk Herald, 5 January 1918)
25 Feb 1918 The Cottage GirlProfessional
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Elwes played the part of Ada Stack, the outcast, and Mr L.E. Eykyn played the part of the squire. "There was a large audience at the first performance of the week, and the company then showed considerable talent within the scope of a play like 'The Cottage Girl', in which emotions and characteristics are painted with a broad brush." (Falkirk Herald, 27 February 1918)
27 Oct 1919 Seven Days LeaveProfessional
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Performed for the week.
10 Nov 1919 General PostProfessional
24 Nov 1919 The Luck Of The NavyProfessional
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Presented for the week
16 Feb 1920 The Freedom of the SeasProfessional
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Presented by Robert Brasher. "A capital production in every respect. It is full of breezy vigour and fun, and is attracting wonderfully good houses. ...well-written and intelligently conceived plot, with plenty of fun...especially as it is produced so admirably by such a thoroughly capable company." (Falkirk Herald, 18 February 1920)
14 Mar 1923 The Burgomaster Of StilemondProfessional
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Performed for one matinee whilst the company were appearing at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow.