VenueRoyal Shakespeare Theatre
Other spaces: The Dell, Waterside
From29th November 2014
Opened9th December 2014
To31st January 2015
WhenDec 6,11,19,23,24,27, Jan15 10,15,24,29 at 19:15. Mats 13:15. Dec 9 19:00
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The Christmas Truce

The Christmas TruceT1526413054
December 1914. As families across Europe gather to celebrate Christmas, a generation of young men find themselves far away from their loved ones in the trenches of the Western Front. There they face a world seemingly devoid of any peace or goodwill. But on Christmas Eve 1914, as the men of the Warwickshire Regiment shelter in their trenches, something astonishing happens. Across no-man's land they hear music. The German soldiers are singing Christmas carols; the same carols their families are listening to, hundreds of miles away in Birmingham, Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon. Leaving their trenches, carrying only their courage and their humanity, they go to meet their enemies; not to fight, but talk, to exchange gifts, to celebrate Christmas. And the next day, together, they play an unforgettable game of football.
Author Phil Porter

Archive :: production:T1526413054, play:S0812751343, venue:V135

Production details

Inspired by real events of exactly 100 years ago, RSC Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman directs Phil Porter's uplifting new play for families that celebrates a remarkable Christmas story. Recommended for ages 9+

Special Performances

  • 5 Jan 15 Sign Interpreted
  • 10 Jan 15 Audio Described
  • 15 Jan 15 Captioned
  • 24 Jan 15 Audio Described
  • 29 Jan 15 Relaxed

UKTW News/Reviews

The Christmas Truce review
17Dec14: RSC family show for Christmas
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Producer Royal Shakespeare Company
Director Erica Whyman
Design Tom Piper
Lighting Charles Balfour
Music Sam Kenyon
Sound Andy Franks
Performer Joseph Kloska (Bruce Bairnsfather)
Performer Gerard Horan (Old Bill)
Performer Sam Alexander
Performer Peter Basham
Performer William Belchambers
Performer Nick Haverson
Performer Tunji Kasim
Performer Sophie Khan Levy
Performer Oliver Lynes
Performer Emma Manton
Performer Chris McCalphy
Performer Peter McGovern
Performer Frances McNamee
Performer Chris Nayak
Performer Jamie Newall
Performer Roderick Smith
Performer Flora Spencer-Longhurst
Performer Harry Waller
Performer Thomas Wheatley
Performer Leah Whitaker.

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