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World War One classic musical to be shown at Queen’s Theatre following Remembrance Day

PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 October 2017

The cast of From Tipperary to Flanders Fields. Picture: Queen's Theatre

The cast of From Tipperary to Flanders Fields. Picture: Queen's Theatre

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A classic musical performance remembering those who fought for Britain during the First World War, will soon take the stage at Queen’s Theatre.

Alan Simmons as General Haig. Picture: Queen's Theatre Alan Simmons as General Haig. Picture: Queen's Theatre

From Tipperary to Flanders Fields treats its audience to poetry readings, drama and classic music hall with favourites including Pack Up Your Troubles, It’s A Long Way to Tipperary and Your King and Country.

The performance celebrates the stories of some of the women who became nurses, bus drivers, factory workers, or entertainers during the conflict as well as reflecting on the experience for combatants and civilians.

The production also includes original footage from the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

Marie Kelly, one of the performers in the show, explained that three-quarters of the casting are female, in reflection of the population in 1914 when most of the men were at war.

She said: “The show takes you on a musical journey and the audience will have the chance to join in on some of the choruses.

“It’s funny and poignant. Soldiers had to find ways to amuse themselves in the trenches and it’s their humour we’ve put into the show, it’s very tongue-in-cheek.”

Marie is from Tipperary in Ireland and her great uncle fought in the Battle of the Somme. She wears his original ID bracelet from the war when performing on stage.

“Their stories still have resonance today. I don’t think there’s a single family in the audience who doesn’t have some connection with someone who was involved in some way with the Great War,” Marie said.

Directed by Michael Thomas and Carol-Ann Wells, the production was created by Kent based company Katapult, in the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and has been performed continuously since then.

Alan Simmons of the famous comedy duo, the Simmons Brothers, joins West End, TV and radio performers Marie, Julia Burnett and Ann Lindsey Wickens, with musical performances from the directors and Nimrod.

From Tipperary to Flanders Fields will be performed at Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch on Monday, November 13 at 2.30pm with ticket prices at £14.

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