Here are five shows that Love London Love Culture recommends to mark the centenary of World War One this November….
1. The Wiper Times, Arts Theatre: telling the story of a group of soldiers who started The Wipers Times newspaper during WWI to help raise the morale of troops fighting in Europe, it is a funny but touchingly poignant portrayal of the conflict. Catch up with Love London Love Culture’s review here.
2. Not About Heroes, Wilton’s Music Hall: in contrast to this, Flying Bridge Theatre and Seabright Productions present Stephen MacDonald’s Fringe First winning play about the friendship between the World War One poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. This London run (31st October-11th November) concludes the production’s two year UK tour. The production also won a Best Actor accolade at the Wales Theatre Awards for Daniel Llewelyn Williams who will be reprising his role as Sassoon at Wilton’s Music Hall.
3. Soldier On, The Other Palace: while not strictly about WWI specifically, Soldier On is inspired by stories that writer/director Jonathan Lewis workshopped with British servicemen and women and their families over a five year period. It focuses on the broad military community and how they cope with the emotional, mental and physical effects and stresses of modern military service and its after effects. It will play at The Other Palace Theatre until the 24th November.
4. Brass, Union Theatre: Benjamin Till’s musical will make its professional London debut at the Union Theatre from the 31st October. Based on real stories, the musical follows the story of a Leeds amateur brass band who enlist together to fight in World War I and the women who must pick up the pieces in the munitions factory while they await their boys’ return. It is a story filled with love, loss and the futilities of war.
5. War Horse, National Theatre: Michael Morpurgo’s beloved story and Marianne Elliott’s production will return to the National Theatre from the 8th November until the 5th January to mark the centenary of WWI. The story centralises on Albert’s beloved horse, Joey and Albert’s dangerous journey through the war to find him and bring him home safely. It returns to its home at the National Theatre, eleven years after making its debut at the theatre and so this opportunity to see it here should not be missed.
6. The Trench, Les Enfants Terribles, Southwark Playhouse: focusing on a little known story from WWI, Les Enfants Terribles with their own trademark style marks the centenary of the First World War in a highly original way.