Great War Theatre

Performances at this Theatre

18 Sep 1916 The FrenchwomanProfessional
12 Feb 1917 In the TrenchesProfessional
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Performed for the week by Harry Buss. Other acts on the same bill: Nelly Wallace (singer and actress), the Vogues, the Five Gregorys (performance with hoops), Phil Ralli Trio (acrobats and comedy vocalists), Firenza Quartette, and a series of films on 'The Romance of the life of Lloyd George'. 'It is not so screamingly funny as the programme suggests: in parts it is dull...One or two songs, especially that by a nurse, helped the sketch along, but it will need much brightening in dialogue and incident before it justifies the description of a "screaming comedy sketch"' (Birmingham Daily Post, 13 February 1917)
19 Feb 1917 A Bit of BlightyProfessional
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Miss Inez Bensuson [sic] presented the playlet, supported by Elaine Inesconit [sic – Inescort] and Shirley King, two well-known actresses of the Woman’s Theatrical Company. It was performed from 19-24 February twice nightly at 6.50pm and 9pm.
7 May 1917 JoylandProfessional
18 Feb 1918 Nosey KnowsProfessional
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Performed this week by George Hestor (actor), Dorothy Flastichi (sic - Frostick) (actress), Ethel Arden (actress), Joan Hestor (actress), Marie Ellis (actress), Norman Carn (actor), J. R. Blay (actor), Nat Lewis (actor). ‘Nosey Knows, which is the top-liner at the Empire Theatre, is not a revue or a musical comedy, but it embraces the best elements of both without having anything very much in common with either. It is one of the snappy, high-spirited Karno creations. It is in three scenes, and has a merry host of comedy merchants to carry the merriment and hilarity briskly along’. (Evening Despatch, 16 February 1918) ‘A Karno sketch is hardly expected to contain a deeply-laid plot, but the production with the title Nosey Knows, for which Mr. Karno is responsible at the Empire this week, has both plot and an exceedingly smart dialogue. Mr. Will Hay, as “Nosey”, has the support of a capable company’. (Birmingham Daily Gazette, 19 February 1918)
25 Mar 1918 Ocean WavesProfessional
10 Jun 1918 Flying ColoursProfessional
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‘Novel and varied in character, the turns at the Empire Theatre this week constitute an interesting and enjoyable entertainment … The sketch, “The Johnson ‘Ole,” by Captain Bairnsfather and B. Macdonald Hastings, in which Harry Thurston appears with marked success in his original character as Old Bill the Walrus,” is deserving of its description as an episode of real trench humour’. Birmingham Daily Post, 11 June 1918.
7 Oct 1918 Ocean WavesProfessional