Theatre set to honour Armistice centenary

PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 October 2018

The Broadway Cinema and Theatre in Letchworth. Picture: Shaun Webb

The Broadway Cinema and Theatre in Letchworth. Picture: Shaun Webb

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Letchworth’s Broadway Theatre is marking the centenary of the end of the First World War through film, spoken word, music and drama.

Starting this month and continuing into November, the theatre in Eastcheap will use arts and culture to mark the important anniversary with diverse productions.

A new film, They Shall Not Grow Old, will be beamed live to Letchworth from the British Film Institute London Film Festival on Tuesday, October 16.

The film brings alive the faces and voices of men who fought in the Great War by colourising original footage from the Imperial War Museums’ archives

The next showing will be Not About Heroes, an award-winning play by Stephen MacDonald, on Sunday, October 21.

The play explores the unique friendship between celebrated First World War poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.

The story honours the centenary of the Armistice and the meeting of both poets in Craiglockhart Hospital in 1917 where they bonded over their hatred of war and love of poetry.

Not About Heroes won a Fringe First award at the Edinburgh Festival. Owain Gwynnas plays Owen and Daniel Llewelyn, who won Best Actor for the role at the Wales Theatre Awards, plays Sassoon.

A play adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s award-winning children’s book Private Peaceful will take to the stage on Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and October 21.

The book tells the story of Private Thomas ‘Tommo’ Peaceful, a young soldier awaiting the firing squad at dawn.

Michael Morpurgo was inspired by a visit to Ypres where he learned that many young soldiers were court-martialled and shot for cowardice during the First World War.

The play is coming to Letchworth from the West End and is suitable for ages 8 and above.

Saturday, November 10, will bring A Day to Remember to the stage, a musical and spoken remembrance event by performance poet Toby Thompson, together with the Letchworth City Chorus choir.

Toby Thompson has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Portrait Gallery. The performance will tell the stories of young conscripts in the trenches and families at home.

The choir will sing The Armed Man by composer Sir Karl Jenkins, a piece they last sang in the battlefields of Normandy in 2014 to commemorate the D-Day landings.

For tickets to any of the above shows visit broadway-letchworth.com.

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