Cast will be sure to Blitz it as they step back in time to World War Two
Eighty years on from the outbreak of World War Two, Hunstanton’s Princess Theatre presents a tribute to the legendary stars who kept us smiling through those dark days.
Spirit of the Blitz recaptures the defiant optimism of wartime Britain, inviting the audience to sing along with swinging hits like Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree, Bless ‘Em All, Leaning On A Lamp-Post, and of course, We’ll Meet Again.
Producer Andy Eastwood, who portrays one of the hardest-working entertainers of the era, George Formby, describes the show as a feel-good experience.
“The wonderful thing about Spirit Of The Blitz is that it means so many things to different people. It’s first and foremost a heart-warming, uplifting singalong.
“They were such awful times that the entertainment had to be bright and breezy and cheerful. But beneath the humour is a subtext of deep human suffering, loss and tragedy, and everyone in that audience will think of loved ones who went through it. It’s as thought-provoking as you want it to be.
“Before very long the war years will no longer be in living memory for a significant number of people, and it’s up to those of us who care, to go on commemorating. Failing to do that is the first step towards history repeating itself.”
Also appearing are singer Maggie O’Hara, who pays tribute to Dame Vera Lynn and Anne Shelton, and multi-talented Pete Lindup, who recreates the comedy of forties favourites Max Miller and Robb Wilton.
Pete said: “I know that there will be some veterans in the audience, and it’s an honour to entertain them, but it’s also great for younger people to see the lovely warm way that performers charmed an audience back then. Glorious melodies and good old-fashioned comedy – what more could you ask for?”
Spirit of the Blitz is on Wednesday, October 23, at 2pm. Tickets are £16.50, concessions £15 and group bookings buy 10 get one free. Go to www.princesshunstanton.co.uk
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