53. When Knights Were Bold (1906)
When Knights Were Bold
by Charles Marlowe (Harriett Jay)
Original title: Good Old Times
by Robert Buchanan and Charles Marlowe (Harriett Jay)
Good Old Times was written c. 1896, When Knights Were Bold was not produced until 1906 with the sole writing credit of ‘Charles Marlowe’.
Nottingham: Theatre Royal. 17 September, 1906. (James Welch)
London: Wyndham’s Theatre. 29 January, 1907 to 22 August, 1908 (579th performance).
(According to ‘The Stage’ Year Book 1908, King Edward VII, accompanied by the Queen attended a performance of When Knights Were Bold at Wyndham’s Theatre on 11 February, 1907. Queen Alexandra returned for two more performances on 9 March and 29 October, 1907. The Prince and Princess of Wales attended on 14 March and 29 October, 1907. And in a list of ‘Long Runs on the London Stage’, published in the fifth edition of Who’s Who in the Theatre (Boston: Small, Maynard & Company, Inc., 1925) compiled by John Parker, the first production of When Knights Were Bold at Wyndham’s Theatre is at No. 47.)
New York: Garrick Theatre. 20 August to 19 November, 1907 (100th performance).
Sydney: Criterion Theatre. 21 December, 1907.
Vienna: Wiener Lustspieltheater. 1910 (under the title, Die goldene Ritterzeit, starring Max Pallenberg).
Amsterdam: Koninklijke Vereeniging Het Nederlandsch Tooneel (Theatre Company). 27 March, 1915 (under the title, De gulden riddertijd).
Berlin: Theater des Westens. June, 1920 (Die goldene Ritterzeit, starring Max Pallenberg).
Oslo: National Theatret. 28 January, 1923 (under the title, Blandt bolde riddere, for 25 performances. Incidental music by Johan Halvorsen).
London: Criterion Theatre. 17 January to 28 May, 1910 (147th performance).
Apollo Theatre. 11 June, 1914.
New Theatre. 8 February, 1915.
Kingsway Theatre. 17 November, 1917. (Bromley Challenor)
Duke of York's Theatre. 10 December, 1920.
Kingsway Theatre. December, 1921.
Criterion Theatre. December, 1923.
New Scala Theatre. December, 1926 (programme)
The Savoy. 22 December, 1927.
The Playhouse. December, 1929.
Duke of York's Theatre. 21 December, 1931.
Fortune Theatre. December, 1932.
Fortune Theatre. December, 1933. (Jackson Hartley)
Fortune Theatre. December, 1934.
Fortune Theatre. December, 1935.
Fortune Theatre. December, 1936.
Fortune Theatre. December, 1937. (William Daunt)
As well as the London revivals, When Knights Were Bold also played regularly in the provinces (when Bromley Challenor made his first appearance in London as Sir Guy de Vere at the Kingsway Theatre in 1917, a report in The Stage mentioned his having played the role 1,500 times before) and when its popularity in London eventually faded it continued to be performed by repertory companies and amateur groups into the 1950s.
Published: Die goldene Ritterzeit by Charles Marlowe, trans. Siegfried V. Lutz. (Berlin: Bloch, 1910. 87 p.)
When Knights Were Bold, directed by Maurice Elvey, 1916. Starring James Welch.
Il Cavaliere del Silenzio, directed by Oreste Visalli, 1916. (Italy).
When Knights Were Bold, directed by Tim Whelan, 1929.
When Knights Were Bold, directed by Jack Raymond, 1936. Starring Jack Buchanan and Fay Wray.
(Probably the only surviving film version, it is available to watch or download from the Free Classic Movies site.)
A musical version, The Knight Was Bold (original title: Kiss the Girls) was produced in 1943 but was unsuccessful.