Runtime: 2h 30m
It is 1943 and in a German POW camp, captured British soldiers are planning their great escape. They christen the tunnels they are digging Tom, Dick and Harry. Theresa Heskins, the artistic director at the New Vic in Newcastle under Lyme, has long been creating imaginatively staged off-beat stories with high entertainment value. She knows what she is doing. Good to see this story travelling from the Potteries to London to give audiences a glimpse of regional theatre and a show which comes with a dusting of clowning, derring-do and audience participation.
Based on the true story behind the escape from the infamous Stalag Luft III prisoner of war camp, Tom, Dick and Harry (the names of the three tunnels of course!) will debunk the myths, honour the people involved, and tell the true story of one of the most daring escape attempts in World War history. With a script inspired by top secret information that was classified in the war archives until 1972, it’s a funny, touching and truly inspiring story that celebrates the ingenuity and spirit of the escapees. Co-written by Andrew Pollard, Michael Hugo and Theresa Heskins and brought to the stage by the producer of the worldwide smash-hits the Play that Goes Wrong and SIX the Musical, get ready for an extraordinary theatrical adventure. Age Recommendation: 8+