Gladys Cooper

 

 

 GLADYS COOPER 

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Gladys Cooper

 


 

 




The National Theatre at "The Front"
France
1914-1915



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War broke out in 1914 and Seymour Hicks decided to take a company of seven to France to entertain the troups.  The group was led by himself and his wife (Ellaline Terriss) together with Gladys, Ivy St Helier and a cinema projectionist to show some short films.

The group entertained the troups at makeshift stage set-ups, often performing in almost complete darkness. 
But the enjoyment of the men and the pride of the group in being able to please the soldiers made up for the uncomfortable conditions.


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Gladys Cooper performing "The National Theatre at The Front" in France 1914-1915


The poster for The National Theatre at "The Front" tour.