Great War Theatre

Performances at this Theatre

DateScriptType
N/A JealousyUnknown
30 Oct 1914 The CowardUnknown
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About four weeks ago Hunter produced this topical sketch, "The Coward," dealing with The Spy Danger. It may be mentioned here that Mr Hunter like many other people, considers the five miles limit for aliens absurd, and he believes there is a lot of correspondence passed that never goes through the post. He considers the only way to trap German spies is for a person, if clever enough, to become a "German" for the time being. Mr Hunter took to the stage about twenty years ago, and has had an active and successful career. In Africa he has toured with his own company in such plays as "The Silver King," Sherlock Holmes," etc. Horace Hunter and his charming wife (Lily Hammersley) are two of the best. They are artists of the calibre that would ensure the success of any sketch, provided the material was there. Scottish Referee Friday 30 October 1914
26 Jan 1915 In Time of WarProfessional
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Mr C.Watson Mill has hit the target full and square with his new War Drama, "In Time of War," at the Alexandra Theatre this week. He had two remarkable "houses" last night - almost half the audience were in khaki, and the whole of it was filled with war enthusiasm and proper patriotic feeling. The experienced actor and dramatist has handled the war subjects with consummate skill. he brings in everything - the war outbreak, England's unpreparedness, the gallantry of Belgium, the German spy system, the splendid stand of our Army Corps in France, the gallant French co-operation, the enemy's outrages in Belgium, bomb-dropping on hospitals, and firing on the Red Cross. The consequences was that, knowing these facts to be drawn from real and recent happenings, the pit and gallery "rose" to Mr Watson Mill's clever points. The author is doing a rare good service by his well-cnceived and stirring appeals for recruits, which will have their effect wherever the play travels. The story deals with the machinations of a German spy in Britain who seeks to take Capt. Russell Squire's wife from him, and learn the military secrets committed to his charge. This spy is a high officer of the Kaiser's and when war breaks out the duel between the two men is transferred to France and Belgium. The play ends up with the complete discomfiture and death of the Guggenheim and his female accomplice. There is a well-contrived scene to finish all, laid in a British wireless station, which Captain Squires holds with great resolution and gallantry, aided by his wife, who has come out as a nurse to the front. Mr Watson Mill, of course, is a seasoned and conscientious actor, and he is aided by the most lady-like acting of Miss Lydia Andre as the much-wronged wife. Mr Harry Scaddon as the German intriguer, was admirably virile. Mr Paul Neville made a dignified and true type of British officer. Miss Edith Gregory in the thankless part of the lady spy, there infinite zest into her work. The audience took Mr George Searle's Prince Seegfried to be "Kaiser Bill" and howled to their hearts content. Humour is generously painted in by Messrs. A.Whitmee, Geoffrey Chaate, M.Thorpe Tracey, and Miss Edith Vine.
29 Apr 1915 A Little PrinceAmateur
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A review of an entertainment at the Unionist Club on the evenings of Thursday and Friday, 29 and 30 April 1915, on behalf of the Blue Cross Society ‘in the interests of sick and wounded horses at the front’. ‘Quite a memorable feature of the entertainment was the presentation of what was modestly called “a trifling dramatic incident,” but what really deserved a worthier name! This “incident” bears the title of “A Little Prince,” and the name of the author is given as Felix Cross. Whoever he is, he has written a charming little play, with plenty of incident, and an appropriate seasoning of pathos and humour. The salient feature of the fine performance was the sterling work accomplished by Miss Vida Hall in the title-role. This clever child gave a “manly” and buoyant impersonation of the hero of the piece - a picture full of innocence and beauty; there was no suggestion of parrot-like repetition, but a real and intelligent understanding and expression of the lines allotted to the brave and lovable “Little Prince.” Little wonder, at the conclusion of the play, Mr Norie Miller, in handing a box of sweets to the talented child, could not resist the impulse to embrace her! The other characters were in capable hands. Miss Hilda Folkarde, as Madame Aubert, was a typical French peasant woman, long resident in Flanders, whose dread of the vampire Uhlans was only equalled by her temerity in face of danger; Miss Astraea Hall was a winsome Helene Aubert, daughter of Madame Aubert, and the sweetheart of the blundering Irish artisan, Patrick O'Malley - characteristically played by Fred. J. Forbes - who had been three years in Flanders. Goodness only knows how, in these years, he had been able to win the affections of such a dainty charming maid as Helene; but he did it, and, stranger to relate, a happy wedding consummated the clandestine courtship of the dissimilar lovers! We hope to witness further performances of “A Little Prince.”’. Perthshire Constitutional and Journal, Monday 3 May 1915.
23 Aug 1916 In Time of WarProfessional
29 May 1917 A Bit of a LadProfessional
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‘Princess Mary yesterday honoured the Royal Overseas Officers’ Club by her presence at one of those pleasant afternoon functions of which the club is making a special feature. Tea on this occasion was taken in the concert hall, and a brief but very attractive entertainment was given, of which the principal item was a soldier sketch, in which Miss Mabel Russell and Mr. Gerald du Maurier took part’. Pall Mall Gazette, 30 May 1917. ‘Princess Mary honoured with her presence the entertainment given in the Royal Overseas Officers’ Club, Pall Mall, on Tuesday of last week. Miss Mabel Russell and Mr. Gerald Maurier appeared in a clever little sketch’. The Era, 6 June 1917. The sketch performed by Gerald du Maurier and Mabel Russell is likely to have been A Bit of a Lad which they were performing at other charity events in March-July 1917.
6 Jul 1918 The Pageant Of FreedomProfessional
9 Aug 1918 Back to the Wife and Home [Home from the Trenches]Professional
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Performed as Home From The Trenches. Mentioned in the Berks and Oxon Advertiser, 2 and 9 August 1918. N.B. An advertisement in The Stage, 27 June 1918 for “Home from the Trenches” mentioned, ‘Miss Maggie Morton who saw the “show” during its production week immediately secured the rights for her circuit’.
26 Aug 1918 Back to the Wife and Home [Home from the Trenches]Professional
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Home From The Trenches is on tour 26 August at Northwich. The Stage, 29 August 1918.
21 Oct 1918 Back to the Wife and Home [Home from the Trenches]Professional
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Performed as Home From The Trenches. Mentioned in the Oxfordshire Weekly News, 16 October 1918.
30 Dec 1918 Back to the Wife and Home [Home from the Trenches]Professional
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Mentioned in advertisements in The Stage, 28 November 1918 as Back to Wife and Home and 9 January 1919 as Home From The Trenches.
20 Jan 1919 Back to the Wife and Home [Home from the Trenches]Professional
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Mentioned as Home From The Trenches in an advertisement and in the ‘on tour’ listings in The Stage, 16 January 1919.
3 Mar 1919 Back to the Wife and Home [Home from the Trenches]Professional
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Mentioned as Home From The Trenches in an advertisement and in the ‘on tour’ listings in The Stage, 6 March 1919.
10 Mar 1919 Back to the Wife and Home [Home from the Trenches]Professional
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Mentioned as Home From The Trenches in an advertisement in The Stage, 6 March 1919 and in the 'on tour' listings in The Stage, 6 and 13 March 1919; and as Back To Wife and Home in advertisements in The Stage, 13 and 20 March 1919 and in The Era, 12 March 1919.
10 Dec 1926 The New WordAmateur
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‘The New Word’, ‘The Old Lady Shows Her Medals’ and ‘Barbara’s Wedding’ were the three one-act plays by J. M. Barrie that were chosen for a reading by the Bath Playgoers’ Society. Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, Saturday 11 December 1926. The date shown for the reading is a conjecture.
20 Mar 1938 The End of the WorldUnknown
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‘Lascelles Abercrombie’s “End of the World” and Moliere’s “Les Precieuses Ridicules,” both one-act plays, will be presented by the Contemporary Theatre, Finchley-road, March 20 and 27’. The Era, 17 March 1938.
1 Jan 1977 SacrificeProfessional
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The day and month shown are inserted only to indicate that the play was produced by Tara Arts some time in 1977. ‘Tara Arts, the pioneering Asian theatre company is facing something of an identity crisis. Thanks to an exceptional funding boost from the Arts Council, it is now looking for a permanent home. Stabilisation funding will allow Tara, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, to evolve from being the first Asian theatre company into the first Asian theatre house … Tara’s first production, in 1977, was an adaptation of Sacrifice, by Rabindranath Tagore - the only Indian to have won a Nobel prize for literature’ (The Stage, 6 February 1997).