Great War Theatre

Address: Burnley, UK

Performances at this Theatre

17 Apr 1916 The FrenchwomanProfessional
17 Sep 1917 Flying ColoursProfessional
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‘The humour of Bairnsfather has been one of the happiest revelations of the war. The work of the great artist officer has enjoyed no keener appreciation and popularity than is evidenced among all classes of the public in Lancashire. The workers are always keen on receiving something good, and perhaps they least expected’ that coming out of the war.. But thanks to Capt. Bruce Bairnsfather, the life of the British Tommy on active service has been shown to have its lighter side, and it very brilliantly portrayed in the satirical and humourous sketches from’ the pencil of this wonderful artist, many examples of which will ever live in the mind of the British public. Burnley is keenly anticipating next week’s leading attraction the Palace and Hippodrome, the enterprising management having been successful in arranging for the presentation by Capt. Bairnsfather, of the London Hippodrome comedian, Harry Thurston in “The Johnson ‘ole,” an episode of real trench humour, written by Capt. Bairnsfather and B. Macdonald Hastings. The sketch created a furore on its presentation in London and in the large provincial centres it was similarly successful. Next week Burnley is sure to endorse the popular verdict. The management of the Palace and Hippodrome are be heartily complimented on bringing such an attraction here. The programme also comprises the following excellent turns in vaudeville …’. Burnley News, 15 September 1917. ‘A full “house” [at the Palace, Burnley] on Monday night endorsed the good opinion of London audiences of “The Johnson ‘Ole,” an episode of trench humour, written by Captain Bairnsfather and B. Macdonald Hastings. Harry Thurston takes the part of “Old Bill the Walrus.”’ Burnley Express, 19 September 1917. ‘Capt. Bruce Bairnsfather is welcomed by the English speaking world over as one of the cheeriest products of the war, and it is not to be wondered at that in the […] which his forbears have sprung he should be appreciated to the full. We have laughed at the comical drawings that have set the world laughing, little anticipating that we should see a reproduction of some of the […] on the stage. And the reproduction […] funnier. Perhaps to the sensitive […] too lurid as regards the language, for […] suggestive dashes indicative of the […] in adjectival expression, are all filled in [..] what a wealth of humour there is [..] sketch, “The Johnson ‘ole,” which is appearing at the Palace this week, may be best described as a continuous presentation of the artist’s drawings, for one can recall similar incidents as already depicted [….] Press, with an addition too numerous to mention. Suffice it say that the humour […] the house in a rollicking mood, the best situations which arise all being of the robustly quaint type which are associated with the British Tommy in the trenches. […] litter of the trenches, with a Bairnsfather landscape in the background, greet the […] and it is in these surroundings that Old Bill Walrus, as interpreted by Mr. Harry Thurston, launches forth those shafts of [wit?] with which we would willingly keep acquainted. The bemoaning of Bill at the […] of a pal to whom had lent a couple […] the day before, his consternation at the [...] that the war was to be over in […] weeks, when he has just got […] he was to go on leave in three weeks, and […] exciting attitude of the dummy sniper, are a few of the incidents which send the house [into?] screams of laughter. The sketch is as well worth seeing as are the best of Capt. Bairnsfather’s drawings, and is full of fun throughout’. Burnley News, 19 September 1917.
19 Nov 1917 The FrenchwomanProfessional