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Musical variety show Spirit of the Blitz comes to the Queen’s Theatre for Mother’s Day special

PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:11 02 March 2018

Andy Eastwood wrote and directed Spirit of the Blitz which will be playing at the Queen's Theatre on Mother's Day. Photo: Andy Eastwood.

Andy Eastwood wrote and directed Spirit of the Blitz which will be playing at the Queen's Theatre on Mother's Day. Photo: Andy Eastwood.

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A musical show about remembering the very best of the 1940s presents a special treat for grandmothers this Mother’s Day.

Maggie O' Hara will be playing Dame Vera Lynn, Gracie Fields and others in the Mother's Day production of Spirit of the Blitz. Photo: Andy Eastwood. Maggie O' Hara will be playing Dame Vera Lynn, Gracie Fields and others in the Mother's Day production of Spirit of the Blitz. Photo: Andy Eastwood.

Spirit of the Blitz features tributes to the legendary stars who kept us smiling through our darkest days and will be coming to the Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane this Mother’s Day on Sunday, March 11 at 4pm.

The show recaptures the patriotic optimism of war-torn Britain, inviting the audience to sing along with hits including Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree, and We’ll Meet Again.

Andy Eastwood, who produced and stars in the show, told the Recorder: “It takes the form of a variety show which is the style of entertainment that people would have piled into the theatres to see in those days.

“It’s all gentle, light-hearted comedy, with people acting the fool and being the butt of their own jokes.”

The director explained that many young people who have seen the show are surprised by how many songs they know.

“It’s the style of music that people are not necessarily familiar with, it’s a new world for [younger people] but they usually love it,” said Andy.

“The thing about a variety show is that it does move along quickly, it’s a very watchable show.”

The cast have performed the show in places that were heavily affected by the Blitz, such as Coventry and Liverpool.

“It’s still a living memory for a lot of people round there, it’s all about the singers and entertainers who kept everyone smiling,” Andy added.

Andy will be joined by Maggie O’ Hara with her tributes to Dame Vera Lynn and Gracie Fields, and Pete Lindup who will recall the comedian Robb Wilton and others.

The cast are calling for people to bring their grandmothers to the show for a Mother’s Day treat.

Andy said: “A lot of entertainment is aimed at younger people, and we thought, what about the senior ladies? There isn’t much aimed at that generation.

“[Queen’s Theatre] is always one we look forward to, it’s a very nice venue.”

Tickets are £14 and are available now on 01708 443333 from the Queen’s Theatre.

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