Great War Theatre

Address: London, UK

Performances at this Theatre

9 Sep 1915 Joy - Sister of MercyProfessional
13 Sep 1915 His Mother's RosaryProfessional
21 Feb 1916 His Mother's RosaryProfessional
14 Apr 1916 Du Théâtre au Champ D'HonneurProfessional
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Sarah Bernhardt recited 'La Priere pour nos ennemis' from 'Du Théâtre au Champ D'Honneur' on the same bill as the premiere of J M Barrie's playlet 'Shakespeare's Legacy'.
26 Dec 1916 The Soldier PriestProfessional
15 Jan 1917 The Soldier PriestProfessional
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Performers:Matthew H Glenville and Co.
8 Oct 1917 His Mother's RosaryProfessional
27 Mar 1918 Tainted GoodsUnknown
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A Chronology of Productions for the Theatre Royal, Stratford lists the play as having been performed on 27 and 28th March 1918 on
15 Apr 1918 Married on LeaveProfessional
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The Stage, 20 June 1918, ‘Owing to the brilliant success and in response to the many applications for dates the management have decided to tour. A second company of equal strength to the one now touring to commence September 2’. The Stage of Thursday 18 July 1918 described “Married on Leave” by Dorothy Mullord as ‘the play that plays to phenomenal business everywhere’. The Stage of Thursday 1 August 1918: 'Owing to the enormous success of the above both Title and Plot have been unlawfully imitated. Managers are warned against booking same as proceedings will be taken under the Infringement of Copyright Act’. The Stage of Thursday 2 January 1919 carried an advertisement for ‘Lew Lake’s dramatic enterprises’ seeking theatres for plays by Dorothy Mullord including “Married on Leave” which was ‘now in its 38th week of continuous tour’. A similar advertisement in The Stage of Thursday 9 January noted that “Married on Leave” was now in its ‘39th consecutive week of tour’. The Stage of Thursday 16 January 1919:, ‘In consequence of the enormous success of above Play ["Married on Leave"] on the Gulliver circuit, re-booked for twelve weeks from Sept. 29’. The Stage of Thursday 6 March 1919 reported on a production of Dorothy Mullord’s “For Services Rendered” at the Willesden Hippodrome on 3 March, commenting that ‘the theme of Dorothy Mullord’s latest piece reminds one forcibly of the dramatist’s recently successful piece Married on Leave, there being a distinct similarity in certain of the situations’. Advertisements in The Stage of Thursday 8 May 1919 and subsequently that were seeking theatres for ‘Lew Lake’s dramatic enterprises’, that is, plays by Dorothy Mullord, stated that there were ‘no vacancies this year’ for “Married on Leave". Later in 1919 Dorothy Mullord rewrote "Married on Leave" and renamed it "The King of the Air", the name being that of an aeroplane designed by the hero. The Stage of Thursday 25 September 1919 reviewed a performance of Dorothy Mullord’s "The King of the Air" at the Penge Empire on Monday 22 September. The review mentioned certain perceived deficiencies in the original play: '‘In the plot of this, her new version of “Married on Leave”, Dorothy Mullord has eliminated the alarums and excursions of war, but has still retained two weaker points. She might have taken the opportunity of restoring the sight of her hero by other than supernatural means, and she would also have taxed the credulity of her audiences less by making the resemblance between the official and the unofficial wives more obvious. A man who, although sightless, is incapable of discerning the difference between such widely diverse personalities fails to gain the sympathy he should'. The Stage went on to describe the plot and comment on the individual performances. It described the villain: 'Raymond Vernon, a Swede, naturalised in England, is an international spy'. Is this a change from the original in which Vernon was 'a German spy' according to the Lord Chamberlain's papers and a review in The Era of Wednesday 24 April 1918? The Era of Wednesday 8 October 1919 reviewed “King of the Air”, performed at the Willesden Hippodrome on 6 October, which it described as ‘a new version of “Married on Leave”, a drama that has been very popular both in town and provinces. Many of the war scenes are eliminated and the new version is full of thrilling incidents and pleasing sentiment’. The Hampshire Telegraph of Friday 27 February 1920 and the Portsmouth Evening News of Saturday 28 February 1920 mentioned that "The King of the Air" was to be staged a the Prince’s Theatre, Portsmouth from 1 March 1920, describing it as 'a new version of Miss Mullord’s successful play, “Married on Leave”'. However, there were later performances of a play entitled "Married on Leave" but it is not clear whether this marked a return to the original text. The Era of Wednesday 14 March 1923 carried an advertisement for the production by the Dorothy Mullord company of ‘the renowned drama’ “Married on Leave” at Collins’s, at 6.30pm and 9.00pm. The Stage of Thursday 20 March 1924 included in ‘calls for next week’ “Married on Leave” at the Hippodrome, Rotherhithe. The Era of Saturday 21 February 1925 carried an advertisement for “Married on Leave” at Collins’s, at 6.40pm and 9.00pm. The Stage of Thursday 23 July 1925 included in ‘calls for next week’ “Married on Leave” at the Hippodrome, Willesden. And The Era of Saturday 25 July 1925 carried an advertisement for the production by the West London Players’ (direction, Dorothy Mullord) of ‘the great play’ “Married on Leave” at the Willesden Hippodrome, at 6.40pm and 9.00pm.